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Tulsi Plant to Control Pollution in Agra and Save Taj Mahal

Thanks to pollution, the aging white Taj Mahal is slowly yellowing and the government is on a mission to find an apt solution to this perplexing problem. Now the District Forest Department of Agra has come up with a unique solution – Tulsi (Holy Basil). The forest department believes that planting Tulsi around Taj Mahal and Agra might help in saving the monument from deteriorating. The department is hoping to exploit the antipollutant, antioxidation and air-purifying properties of Tulsi plant.Manjari Mishra writes in Times of IndiaThe department will launch the Tulsi plantation drive from January 2009. The public-private joint venture is expected to provide an eco-protection cover to sensitive Taj trapezium zone surrounding the 17th century monument as well as the other two world heritage monuments like the Agra Fort and Aitma-ud-Daula tomb. Tulsi was (Occinum sanctum) chosen for its anti-pollutant, anti-oxidation and air-purifying properties, making it an ideal ornamental shrub in th…

Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswati on White Ash and Shiva Worship

When any object is consumed by fire, it becomes charred. If that black residue is burnt again, it becomes white ash. White ash continues to remain white even when burnt again. This shows that white is the ultimate and black is proximate to it. Science tells us that diamond and coal are basically one. White and black are not colors. The primary colors get separated from the objects to which they are attached when subjected to the test of fire and ultimately they turn white.Similarly, in the mental and spiritual place, the Ultimate Reality is Shiva, who is white and proximate to Him is Parvati, who is dark. When we test everything in the fire of Jnana, or true knowledge, the residue is Shiva. Ash in the material plane corresponds to Shiva in the spiritual plane. We smear our bodies with the sacred ash to remind ourselves of Shiva and the fact that the ultimate goal of life is Shiva.Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswati