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Indian Culture And Traditions. Mythological and Social LinkagesCourtesy and Copyright Prabhuddha Bharata Trees being nature’s major processors of solar energy which is vital for our existence, and yielding flowers, fruit, wood or medicine, have been worshipped by the Hindus as a matter of gratitude.

Indian Culture And Traditions

Manu believed that they were conscious like humans and felt pleasure and pain. Indian sages and seers eulogized asvattha or peepal (Ficus religiosa), gular (Ficus glomerata), neem (Azadirachta indica), bel (Aegle marmelos, bargad or banyan (Ficus bengalensis), Asoka (Sereca indica), amala (Phyllanthus emblica), Arjuna (Terminalia Arjuna) and many other trees which acquired social and religious sanctity with the passage of time. The Pauranic lore has it that Brahma metamorphosed into a palasa, Visnu into a pipal and Rudra into a bargad after being cursed by Parvati, the wife of Lord Siva.

Some trees are considered sacred due to their association with prophets and holy men. Important Festivals or Vratas Related to Trees. Sacred Trees worship in India. Indians have been worshipping trees since time immemorial and this is done as a matter of gratitude because we know that life cannot exists without trees.

Sacred Trees worship in India

In Indian culture trees are believed to have conscious like humans so they can feel pain as well as happiness like us. Botany in Video Games. Crouched down on the hilly tundra outside Whiterun, the Dragonborn spots their quarry.

Botany in Video Games

No, not a dragon, nor a lumbering mammoth, but a patch of tundra cotton, swaying gently in the breeze coming down the Throat of the World. Plants have been antagonists, useful items and scenery in video games ever since Mario jumped over his first piranha plant. As a big RPG (role-playing game) fan, more than once I’ve been caught unaware (virtually) while inspecting a digital ecosystem. Given the recent release of Fallout 4, a highly anticipated RPG, I thought it would be fun to look at the real-world inspirations behind some of these virtual plants. Although the leaf shape indicates that tundra cotton may be a dicot (having netted leaf veins) rather than a monocot like real-world cottongrass (parallel leaf veins), the cottongrass—an iconic tundra plant—clearly inspired Elder Scrolls‘ tundra cotton.

A rose by any other name....would be known to Shakespeare. The playwright not only spent time in the fields around his Stratford-upon-Avon home, she said, but also shows evidence of studying the latest botanical texts in his spare time in London.

A rose by any other name....would be known to Shakespeare

Margaret Willes, a writer who specialises in gardens, has now identified 49 of the specific flowers, vegetables, fruit and herbs used in Shakespeare’s plays, pointing out the in-depth knowledge he must have had. Saying she had been “deeply impressed” at level of understanding of the natural world in the plays, she argued the frequent references to plants in the Bard’s works are not “mere literary devices”, but take the reader “to the very heart of social life in Elizabethan and Jacobean England”. Her new book, A Shakespearean Botanical, uses documents held in Oxford University’s Bodleian Library to cross reference each mention of a plant in the plays and two poems, The Rape of Lucrece and Venus and Adonis, with what Shakespeare’s contemporaries would have known about plants. The specimens include: Apple: Caring for Creation.

What can your congregation do to care for creation?

Caring for Creation

Hunger & Climate Change A fact sheet on the impact of climate change on hunger, food security and agriculture. Awakening to God's Call to Earthkeeping A four-session small group study to encourage, empower, and equip Lutherans in their calling to care for creation; includes a leader guide. Poverty and Hunger in a Changing Climate Learn more about our personal responsibilities to the earth. Living Earth: 40 Days in the Wilderness. With Agassiz, Darwin, and God in a Collection's Inner Sanctum. Peter Bebergal In Review | Required Viewing Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology Likened to an outboard motor, with all its attendant parts and pieces, the flagellum of bacteria is an incredibly complex organic mechanism.

With Agassiz, Darwin, and God in a Collection's Inner Sanctum

It's so complicated, in fact, that many people believe it is the surest proof that some intelligence was behind its design. If you removed any one little part of the flagellum, the argument goes, it wouldn't function. There is no way that the chaotic template of evolution can explain it. This is an old argument for the existence of God. BBC Science - Richard Feynman on flowers, artists and scientists. 16 May 2013Last updated at 10:11 By Christopher Brooks BBC Scotland Can scientists appreciate beauty?

BBC Science - Richard Feynman on flowers, artists and scientists

Over 30 years ago, physicist Richard Feynman claimed that a scientist can see more beauty in a flower than an artist. Since then, science and art have combined to bring the meaning of his words to life. How science adds to the excitement, mystery and awe of a flower Continue reading the main story. Dual thinking for scientists. Copyright © 2015 by the author(s).

Dual thinking for scientists

Published here under license by The Resilience Alliance. Go to the pdf version of this article The following is the established format for referencing this article: Scheffer, M., J. Bascompte, T. K. Garden Stories - an album on Flickr. The Clergy Climate Letter.