"Someone's sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago."
— Warren Buffett
Environment Protection in Mahabharata
छायामन्यस्यकुर्वन्तिस्वयंतिष्ठन्तिचातपे | फलान्यपिपरार्थायवॄक्षा: सत्पुरूषाइव ||
The trees make shade for others, themselves standing in the Sun. (Their) fruits are also for others. (Hence) the trees are like ‘satpurush’ (saintly men and women).
मावनंछिन्धिसव्याघ्रंमाव्याघ्रा: नीनशन्वनात् | वनंहिरक्ष्यतेव्याघ्रौ: व्याघ्रान्रक्षतिकाननम् ||
Don’t destroy the forest where tigers are living. Tigers should not get extinguished from the forests. Forest is protected by the tiger (People don’t cut trees in the forest for fear of tigers) and by providing a place to hide, the forest too protects the tiger!
मूलंभुजंगै: शिखरंविहंगै: ज्ञन्ब्स्प;ज्ञन्ब्स्प; शाखांप्लवंगै: कुसुमानिभॄंगै: | आश्चर्यमेतत्खलुचन्दनस्यज्ञन्ब्स्प;ज्ञन्ब्स्प; परोपकारायसतांविभूतय: ||
Roots of the sandalwood tree form a shelter for the snakes, on it’s top birds take rest, on its branches monkeys are playing and one can find bee’s on it’s flowers. Really, the ultimate aim of the good (‘sajjan’) people is to offer helping hands to others (‘paropkar’)!