Why is the vilva leaf so revered? By common knowledge, we know that the tree has been held sacred for many millennia and offerings made to Shiva are incomplete without vilva leaves. Why is the vilva held so sacred? Sadhguru answers.
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Questioner: Pranam Sadhguru. I wanted to know what’s so special about the maha bilva (maha vilva?) leaf that we offer to Dhyanalinga?
Sadhguru: We have also been thinking of doing this but in certain parts of the country some people have tried to preserve all those leaves and flowers which are considered sacred. ‘Why are they considered sacred? Why is one flower more sacred than the other, what is this nonsense all about? Is it some kind of a prejudice?’ See, right now there are two trees here – this is punga maram and this (Referring to the vaahai maram next to the temple) is… what? This is one of the common street-side trees, I don’t know the… what name they have for it – you must spend time… For all these things, you need to spend time. If you spend time with this tree and this tree, you will see if you become meditative, you will naturally move towards this (Referring to punga maram), not towards that. (Referring to the vaahai maram next to the temple) Why is this so? After all everything comes from the soil. The neem tree… the neem fruit and the mango fruit come from the same soil but they taste very different, isn’t it? Same soil, right here they’re going side by side but they taste very different.
So how this particular life processes the same soil and how that life processes the same soil is different or if you want to look at it that way, between a worm and an insect and yourself and one more other human being, what is the difference? All the same stuff but still what we make out of it is different, isn’t it? So in every society – it doesn’t matter in how many try… in how many ways you try to level societies and people, people will stick out. People with certain kinds of talents will stick out, people with certain kinds of capability will stick out; you can’t put them down, isn’t it? Do what you want, some people will stand out, some people become part of the scenery. This is bound to happen. Similarly among other lives also it is true. So with the plant life.
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