Spirituality and Environmental Awareness
when I traveled abroad I was in the, you know, certain conferences, people came up to me and said, ‘Oh you are that amazing tree planter.’ (Laughs) I said, ‘I am not a tree planter.’ They said, ‘Why you planted millions of trees, didn't you?’ I said, ‘But I am not a tree planter.’ So they asked me, ‘What do you do?’ So I said, ‘I make people flower.’ (Laughs) If people flower within themselves, they clearly understand there is nothing here which is not connected to them. There is nothing in this planet or anywhere in the universe which is not connected to you. If you feel this connection, if this is not an idea in your mind, if this is a living reality for you that you experience everything as a part of yourself, taking care of everything is just like taking care of your body to whatever extent you can do, you do.
So spiritual process and taking care of the world, taking care of the people, taking care of the animal or the plant, are not different because anybody who claims to be spiritual and be… and becomes oblivious to what’s around him, there is nothing spiritual about him unless he is also oblivious to himself. Only that being who is oblivious to his own pain, who is oblivious to even his own existence, he can afford to be oblivious to everybody and everything. As long as you are conscious of your pain and your way of being, you have to be conscious of the way of everything that’s happening around you; there is no other way to be.