Saturday, January 10, 2015

Can we plant Bilva Tree in the House or Company?


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my answer: can we plant Bilva Tree in the house or company? we will go step by step.
what is Bilva Tree?

Lakshmyaascha stana utpannam Mahaadeva sadaa priyam,
Bilva vriksham prayachchhaami eka bilvam Shivaarpanam.
Darshanam bilva vrikshasya sparshanam paapanaashanam,
Aghorapaapasamhaaram eka bilvam shivarpanam

Born from the Goddess Lakshmi, the Bilva tree is ever dear to Mahadeva. So I ask this tree to offer a Bilva leaf to Lord Shiva. To have darshan of the Bilva tree, and to touch it, frees one from sin. The most terrible karma is destroyed when a Bilva leaf is offered to Lord Shiva.

what is the Mahatwam of Bilva Leaf?

The leaves of Bilwa (Aegle marmelos), which has multiple leaves, with each leaf consisting of three leaves is very dear to Lord Shiva. Offering this leaf to Lord Shiva pleases him especially on the Shivarathri .There are several stories how people got salvation by offering one Bilwa leaf to God Shiva.

What will be the benefit in doing puja by Bilwa patram to God Shiva?

Tridalam trigunakaaram trinethram cha triyayusham,
Trijanma papa samharam Eka bilwam shivarpanam. 1

I offer one leaf of Bilwa to Lord Shiva,
Which has three leaves,
Which causes three qualities,
Which are like the three eyes of Shiva,
Which is like the triad of weapons,
And which destroys sins of three births.

The Oneness of Hari and Hara
Even in Tirumala, Lord Sri Venkateswara is fond of Bilva Patra. So even he is worshipped with Bilva Patram on every friday during the Archana and also on the Maha Shivaraatri day, the lord is worshipped with Bilva Patrams. This signifies that both Hari and Hara are one and the same.

Can we plant Bilva Tree in the house or company?

Yes. we can plant Bilva Tree at home. we generally find this tree in Shiva, Goddess and other temples and also in many temples it is a stala vruksha.

Indians believe that the knowledge of medicinal plants is older than history itself, and according to Swami Sivananda, it is a healing tree which cures all diseases caused by vata (wind) and gives strength to the body.

The Bilva tree grows in almost all parts of India, irrespective of the nature of the soil, and is bitter, astringent and dry by nature. Tall and austere, with a stern aspect, gnarled trunk and sharp thorns, the Bilva is undoubtedly Lord Shiva’s tree. Shiva is always worshipped with its leaves, and it is said that this tree is much loved by him. It is to be found in all Shiva temples throughout India.

Since the Bilva Tree beneficial for both spiritual and medical, it is good to plant the Bilva Tree at home is my opinion.

Thanks for the opportunity!!!

The Bilva tree has been well defined in the Shiva Purana.

According to the Shiva Purana (7 AD) the Bilva tree is the manifest form of Lord Shiva himself, while all the great tirthas (pilgrimage places) are said to reside at its base. One who worships the shivalingam while sitting under the Bilva, claims this great epic, attains the state of Shiva. Washing the head by this tree is said to be the equivalent of bathing in all the sacred rivers.
One who performs Bilva pooja with flowers and incense achieves Shiva loka, the abode of pure consciousness, and has happiness and prosperity bestowed upon them.
The lighting of the deepak (lamp) before this tree bestows knowledge and enables the devotee to merge in Lord Shiva.

The Shiva Purana also claims that if the devotee removes the new leaves from one of the branches of that tree and worships the tree with them, they will be freed from vice, while one who feeds a devotee under the Bilva will grow in virtue








Source:

http://www.yogamag.net/archives/2005/cmar05/bilva.shtml

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