Ananda Acharya on Trees, Birds, etc.
Give your affection for at least five minutes every day to trees and
animals, to birds and fishes. You will soon discover in them a portion
of your own life, sharing the wine of Brahman's love. Think of them as
manifestations of divine wisdom and treat them as members of humanity
with full right to live and enjoy. The ruthless rate at which our
cannibalistic civilized savages are felling forest trees and
exterminating birds and animals and fish is beyond all bounds, and the
children of men who will be born twenty or thirty years hence will
have to learn the life history of birds and trees and animals from
photographs and pictures. Remember, birds and animals are the friends
of trees and trees are the friends of man, and when birds and animals
and trees are gone out of our planet man will be friendless and the
future human race will then receive the same gift of extinction which
its reckless ancestors have offered to birds and trees and animals.
Without forests, without birds, without animals, what will be left for
poets to celebrate in their verse?
Swami Sri Ananda Acharya [1881-1945], Spiritual Talks (Hoshiarpur,
India: Vishveshvaranand Vedic Research Institute, 1957), p. 95