Samasati/Nature will teach you Diary
Earth Reforesting System
Japanese NGO we want to reforest the desert.
One day, the Forest will Spread on our Mother Earth again..
Nature will teach you by Chetan Swami Namito
I Dont know what exactly is making me write these notes, Maybe to Satisfy the desire to share all what I have experienced with as many people as possible. [ NEW !! 3/8 ]
I went to whagoli with SW Anadi. It was a pleasure to see all the Subabul growing so well, The disheartening of no sewage water available was taken over by the pleasure to see the small sapling, turned bigger. Yes it was really very sad to see, very little water in the waste water tank that we had made to purify the waste water and use for plantig tees.
Anadi as usual, kept his spirits high and smiled as usual, it seems disappointment does not touch him. HE immidiately turned the focus on HUD high school, and said that we shall plant more trees there. I was very happy but a bit concerned about the taking care of them in the summer months when the children have gone home on vacation. Well lets trust Existance and move.. Love
Yes each tree reqires a different kind of environmental condition and location, soil and attention. TO give them what they want is to first Know what exactly one wants? Big question ???? Beacuse the tree cannot speak in our language, I say we dont want to understand its language the Tree does speak and we dont want to listen. The tree has been giving unconditional love to us in the form of food, shelter, medicine,cosmetics, oxygen, timber and never asked for anything in return.
We have been taking, our life and our survival is dependend upon trees but we still do not thank, protect and love the trees around us. We are infact cutting them and destroying them, Is this the way to say thank you ????
My god, what all can I do ? Either I can do or I can write and make reports, I think I need to do both, Create a balance between the doing and writing. Yes, I think that is the key, I went to vishwakarma vidyalay, A school on the other side of the town with 3000students. Its a charity institution which is providing easy and almost free education to the school children.
I saw they have a huge land where they want to make a playground for the childrens and also a small building for more students. The first thing that struck my mind was will the trees that we plant survive there ? many thoughts came to my mind, Will bufallo eat the tree ? will Goat eat the sapling ? will human destroy or steal the sapling? yes all these can be very destructive to the sapling and need to be protected like a child. Will the sapling get enough care and attention ? Is the soil good for planting the sapling ?
Not all tree can survive in all types of soil. The science of soil is needed, with the support of Agronomy ( the soil science) we can answer all the question. It is important that the soil and manure which is added to the tree have a balanced PH, that means the soil should not be either acidic or alkaline, that there should be enough organic matter which gets converted to neutrients for the soil, ie food for the soil.
Mr Bharat, trustee of vishwakarma vidyalay, called up. he said that they are all in favour of the plantation to be done, he just want to know how to do and what exactly to do ? I had an idea, but want Sw Anadi to decide, He is a Seeer, and many times he sees things, which we miss
ON the 10th we will be visiti on Vishwakarma Vidyalay and we will be seeing all what we can possibly do to plant trees and educate people and young childrens.
Visit to vishwakarma vidyalay by Sw Anandi, Sw namito,
Ma Aneesha, Sw Manik, Ma Devi.
We did receive a warm welcome from the school authorities, They were pleased to meet anadi anisha, and everybody. We can plant 20trees in the school premises, and we can start
any time, and we can plant much more trees in their playground.
Visit to HUD Highschool, by Sw Atul,Anadi and Namito. Atul was very sad when he called me on the 24th of june, he said that the professor of HUD high school was not
picking up the phone and he was dissapointed and thought that the trustee's of HUD only wanted money and were not serious about about it, but Anadi still wanted to go there to confirm.
Well depressed but Anadi still optimistic as ever and we decided to go. Atul was sounding very appologetic and was upset, he said that the NGO's in India have unfortunately have a bad name, People start NGO's just to cheat othere's. Well I dont agree because I myself run an NGO, BWC. Anadi said that we should anyway go there,
and we were surprised when we went there because we received a warm welcome.We had a detail discussion with the school principal
and agreed to plant 200trees, in this season, we see that they survive and then we will plant more in the next season.The students of HUD highschool will dig the pits for the trees
by the 10th of july and call us. We will then go there and plant trees and take care.
2-6th july 2004
Panchgani is so beautiful, naturally so
is Mahableshwar, more than 4500 feet above sea level, mountainous and with the second highest rainfall in India next to cheerapunji in Assam.It has been declared as an eco sensitive zone,
still lot of trees are being cut.I want to share with you the experience
of throwing seed balls made by Anadi and planting trees in Panchgani, slowly, will take me lot of time to type...
Namito's visit to Panchgani with Swami Anadi
and Aneesha on the 2nd of August.Beautiful place, has a natural beauty. but has been partly deforested due to the greed of man,
still there is hope because ther are lot of trees left and we can work to protect them, and also plant new trees.
I think the protection of trees and existing forest is very important
and educating the local people to respect forest and to synthesise their existance with trees and forest.
We can do a lot here, people are still very simple,
the lifestyle is not that complex, some people still use simple and natural ways of farming, we will have to protect them from the commercial methods of farming and from corporates.
There are many small villages around panchgani,
the American strawberry companies are trying to takeover and push the locals in growing GM strawberryies, indirectly making them slaves, as the strawberries seed can just be used ones and require lot of chemicals in the form of fertilizers and pesticides.
Inspite of strawberry being a cash crop
the companies are the major profit holders as they are in control of seeds, fertilizers and pestisides.
What a way to enslave people ! The other local crop being potato and rice is not given
as much importance as rasberry, strawbery and mulberry and other jam producing items.I have managed to talk to the head of few schools
and have submitted a proposal to educate and enlighten the young students of panchgani and through them the local farmers about the trap that they are falling in also researching on various methods through which they can be made self reliant and indipendent.
I think just taking or educating will not help,
we will have to make our proposal commercially viable for them, I tecah them to grow and live natural and simple life and buy from them the products which they produce at a fair price.
I think that there is a big potential as there are lot of natural herbs
found in and around the forests of panchgani and Mahabaleshwar.The villagers can be tought to collect them and to sell it to people
in different cities along with the discription of its uses and also interested people can invest in growing herbs and flowers they want with the local farmers.
A lot of flowers also can grow as per the european climate,
Avacado which is temperate zone fruit grows here, coffee grows and many other things,I think the best way to go about it is to pool in some effort
and start by adapting a village as big as we can.
Lots of love and regards Sw. Chetan Namito
Visit to HUD highschool on the 6th of August The principal of the school is also a nature lover
and understands the connection between us and the trees.He has also requested us to conduct
some educational program in the school.
The school is approx 30kilmeters away from pune and is a dry zone,
there is very less water, it is on the eastern side of the lonikand hill and receives almost no rain, the topography of the land is very harsh, the top soil has eroded away, there is a drastic slope which prevents the perculation of water in the ground instead it just washes away everything.
Also ther is no fence and domesticated animals like cow and buffalo graze freely on the land and eat away anybit of grass that springs up during mansoon.
Luckily the mansoons in maharashtra are better this year,
but all the water just washes away the little bit of dirt that was accumilated.
These ground realities makes our task very challenging. Firstly to fence the land a lot of effort is needed,
conventional fence ( barbwire and chainlink) are too expensive, we cannot afford them hence I suggested to use Seasal, it is a form of succlunt (cactie) which is very hardy, requires very less water and has thorns at its end.
They also help to protect soil errosion and form natural fence. We plan to grow around 500 seasal on the fence, 250neem tree,
which are also hardy and which can be used to keep pests away and 250 gladiserias, they will help to fix nitrogen in the soil and provide precious organic matter.I am walking on the land and marking the places for plantation.
Visit to HUD highschool and Wagholi on the 10th of August. There is just hard rock everywhere,
it is really difficult to dig hole in the ground.Why is the hole needed ? The hole is needed to add soft soil
which helps the roots of the baby tree to grow and to add manure which is the food of the plant and to help water to retain and perculate into the ground.
But why do we do that ? Tree grow naturally on earth. Yes tree grow naturally on this earth
but it takes hundreds of years for the topsoil to form and hundred of years for a forest to form on its own and we are trying to accelerate the growth of trees by making the basic requirement easily available to them.
After this plantation seed balls will work very well
and the small baby tree which come will get nourishment till they grow and will get protection from humans and animals due to the seasal fence.let us accept the fact that man being the most dominant specie
of this plannet is goin to use the earth for its own purpose of growing food for himself and his pet as well as farm animals, that means very less space for trees, and as the population of man is increasing and more and more farm land is getting barren due to the use of commercial methods of farming and space for living (houses) and road more and more trees will be cut.
This act of destroying nature will eventually destroy humanity, we can see that (I hope) and I hope more and more people understand that. Then the only solution is intelligent synthesis
between mans requirements and nature,
The best solution would be that man uses nature for its need only
but the fact is that man is exploiting nature more for its GREED.I have experimented with a system where
intelligent eco planning can be done where both man and nature can co-exist by supporting each other.We have to respect nature for our very own existence...
Visit to HUD highschool on the 12th of August. I have marked the areas where we can dig pits for seasal,
I want to give top priority to this plant, not many people respect this plant, I think it is going to save us all, as protection for forest area, to prevent erosion of soil and to prevent ground water loss, also organic fibre can be harnessed from this plant, it also has medicinal uses, in India it is used to prevent hair loss, prevent kidney and liver diseases, to soothe irritated eyes and is also used as a disinfictant and for cleaning blood.It is also used to soothe internal wounds.
Visit to HUD highschool on the 16th of August. The cows not listening ! And the owner of the cow is insisting
that the cows be allowed to graze on the land.They dont want to understant that
the cows and buffalo uproot the grass from the ground, expose the earth to the sunlight, which kills the microbes by drying the moisture and then the wind and the rain take away the topsoil, so the cows, buffalo,sheeps and their owner are eventually responsible for the loss of surface moisture and topsoil.
If we allow grazing on a land then we alllow the land to become barren. But in the forest also there are deer and sambhar and other animals,
yes but they dont uproot the grass the way the cow, buffalo and sheep do.Also the nearby farmers set fire to their leftover crop
to replant which also burns other grass and helps destruction of land.
Visit to HUD highschool and Wagholi on the 19th of August. Few sisal have been planted on the lefthand side of the school fence,
exactly on the path of the cows entering into the school compound.I want to see whether the cows change their way or ??? The cows have uprooted the sisal, tramped a few. It seems they know that it will cause an obstruction of
they just walked over it.
We will have to use some protection to the small sisal. Because wagholi is on the way, I visit sanskrutik darshan trust, Ayurvedic college, we did the water harvesting,
the convectional waste water treatment plant.The water harvesting system did work well,
this year all their borewells were filled.Mrs Sadananda deshmukh was very happy. But they want to do farming ! I want to explain them that farming will be good in future only
if they allow us to plant more trees.What is stopping them and us from planting trees there? I think they have other priorities in their mind,
Because what is stopping us ? well we need a letter from them that they will not cut the trees and will infact protect them, and also we requested them to give us a copy of their development plan or atleast demark the area on the ground where they are going to build buildings.The reason is that we do not have to cut move or shift trees. I hope that they do give us a letter.
Visit to HUD highschool and Wagholi on the 23th of August. I am worried ! is it only my duty to care for nature ? Why dont people understand their responsibility also ? I think many of us to care and understand while most dont ! I am worried that how will the trees survive in the hot summers ?
there is not enough water even now ! what will happen in the 4 hot summer months, where the climate is dry hot and very unfriendly.The trees will need water for their survival,
how do we solve this practical problem ? let me think !
Visit to HUD highschool and Wagholi on the 26th of August. I wish we could find a source of an eliment, an organic compound
which could absorb atmospheric oxygen and convert into water.It has to be an unstable atom of H2,
absorb atmospheric oxygen and turn into h2o.Water is the life source, without water nothing can live or grow. I am still researching on an economical way
to provide water to the plants. Any Suggestion ???Well we are mixing moisture retainers into the tree pits,
they can be of various organic origin, by mixing moisture retainers into the tree pits.The everyday requirement of water will be reduced
to every second day and microoganisms also can survive, which actuly convert organic matter into plant food.
Visit to HUD highschool and Wagholi on the 30th of August. 50% of the sesal have been planted, neem plantation is going on. The children and the teacher all are participating
in the plantation drive, with their heart and soul.The cows are just not listening nor are their owners,
I hope they dont eat our plants.
Visit to HUD highschool and Wagholi on the 3rd september. Visit to HUD highschool and Wagholi on the 6th september Visit to HUD highschool and Wagholi on the 10th september Visit to HUD highschool and Wagholi on the 13th september Visit to HUD highschool and Wagholi on the 17th september Visit to HUD highschool and Wagholi on the 20th september Visit to HUD highschool and Wagholi on the 24th september
Visit to Panchgani on the 26th of september
Visit to HUD highschool and Wagholi on the 28th september Visit to HUD highschool and Wagholi on the 30th september Visit to HUD highschool and Wagholi on the 1st October Visit to HUD highschool and Wagholi on the 4th October Visit to HUD highschool and Wagholi on the 7th October Visit to HUD highschool and Wagholi on the 11th October Visit to HUD highschool and Wagholi on the 14th October Visit to HUD highschool and Wagholi on the 18October
Visit to Panchgani on the 22nd of october
I think it is very important to understand that why there are so less trees in India and why are they reduceing ?
1. 60% of the Indian population is very very poor, They cannot think beyound their day to day requirements such as food water and shelter. Thier battle for survival takes them to the very end of their life.
So you see that the people cannot think of trees! In fact they cut tree and utilize them fo firewood and fodder for their animals.
This is also the story of the farmers in India. They have very less land and a lot of prople to feed from the small piece of land. Why has this happened ?
Due to exploitation by the rich class and the English, Due to illeteracy and due to social beliefs and population Explosion. It is said that the population of India will surpass
the population of China by the 2020,While India is 4times smaller than china. Less land and more stomach to feed and
exploitation by the rich fetilizer companies has made them aproot trees for farming.
So you see, protection is also needed. Tree has many enemies. They are as follows :
1 Man who cuts the tree for its uses and for fire
2 Various kinds of pests like termites, borers, flies etc
95% of the Indian population around us uses insectiside and pesticide, Many pest attack our trees because we do not use
chemical insecticide and pesticides.We use only organic pest repellent like neem, ginger lemon etc. Which disentigrate very easily and are biodegradable hence
have to be aded again and again.
3 Animals cow buffalo goat sheep etc
They are allowed to graze freely on anybody's land
as there are no fences and is almost impossible to control.
4 Nature topography and existing environmental conditions
As we all know, we are planting trees in desert ! Its important to know and understand what Desert really is. Desert can be cold or hot in short the places
which are unsuitable and unfavourable for the growth of plants, trees due to harsh climatic conditions and lack of water is called desert.The harsh climatic conditions can be too hot
as in our case, too much of wind, no soil etc
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We had approached Attharveda Ayurvedic College in the summer of 2003
for the reforestation project, we were faced with an uphill task of reforesting the 100acre desert in Wagholi, as there was almost no water, the trust had dug 3wells and 3borewells but still had to buy water in the summers by paying Rs 400/ 10,000 liters almost every 2days to fulfill their basic requirements,is this kind of situation which is really extreme,
hard rock, erosion of top soil, no water and moisture, HOW WILL WE DO ANY PLANTATION ?
I could not sleep for many days, as this was a big challange for me,
A real desert and a real practical problem, no water and no plantation is possible without moisture, the temperatute rose to as much as 45degrees and the hot wind blew across in the form of mini cyclones.
On the 4th day after visiting for the first time
my heart suggested me to ask mother nature for the solution, so I went to the land and spent a few hours just wandering around the place.
I noticed that the rain water had cut through the hard rock
at many places and formed a kind of Nallah, storm water drain, which got filled with various kind of derbis and waste materials, and also I reallised that the wells and the borewells were dug in and around a particular storm water drain, I inquired with the people there who said that there were ocassionally 2heavy showers during the southwestsoons and the returning northeast mansoons which were quite heavy, An idea poured into me existantially, I immidiatelly took the decision of digging into the nallah beds as deep as I could and form natural viers to hold water in the nallah and help it perculate,
Visit to HUD highschool and Wagholi on the 26th January Visit to HUD highschool and Wagholi on the 05th Feb Visit to HUD highschool and Wagholi on the 14th Feb Visit to HUD highschool and Wagholi on the 22th Feb Visit to HUD highschool and Wagholi on the 28th Feb
I am happy and I want to share some good news with you !
You remember Atharved Ayurved College ? Well the same place where we did water harvesting and tree plantation. Well this season their 3wells and 3 borewell have 25% more water.
I was exited like a child to know that the effort we put in terms of
money time and energy has not gone waste.I had received a call from Mrs Deshmukh who is one of the trustees
and wife of Dr Sadananda, with a request to do more harvesting of water.
I told her that Earth Reforesting System would like to plant more trees
and carry the water harvesting also, but we are not going to do water harvesting if they do not let us plant trees.
We had requested them to give us a letter promising us that
they will not cut the trees which we plant, but they have not given us any letter till date.
Then during my last visit to Atharveda Ayurved Colege
I met Mr Pandurang M Shedge, the old man who is staying there along with his wife for the last 21 years.He was very happy to see me and asked me that why we do not come there
more often, I told him about the letter, he said he will speak to Mrs Deshmukh, and he also revealed some interesting facts such as follows.
According to Mr Pandurang there are in all 3wells
which are 25 to 40 feets deep and 3borewells which are 200 to 225 feet in depth in the college area and they had more water this time, almost 25% more.
He said that last year that is in the summer of 2004 they had stared
to buy water already in the first week of february, but this year its march and still the wells and borewells have more than enough water and they also are using the water for agriculture.They have stared farming on their land.
You remember what we did ? We just let the rain water perculate in the ground, the perculated water
found its way to the wells and the borewells.
Easy is right and right is easy, It was so simple. But its a pity that we could not plant more trees, because we had done
the water harvesting with the intention of planting more trees.
What is stopping us ? Just a letter of commitment from the trustees
that they will not cut the trees.They are doing agriculture with the additional water, I wish
they understand that how important it is to plant trees for our survival.
I visited Itarsi, it is a town in Madhya Pradesh that is in central India.
There I came across a forest by the name of Tava, the total forest area is reseved by the goverment and is othing less than 5000 Acres, but people are being less and less sensitive and more and more greedy,
I think that besides planting trees protection of the existing trees
is also very important.
The goverment is doing its bit to protect the forest area but
if we can also help by making a report and generate some funds for the protection of the forest then it will help.
Please let me know what you feel, Accordingly I will take action.