“Trees keep our lives going, just like the outer part of our lungs. You cannot ignore your body if you want to live, and in no way is the planet different from this. What you call ‘my body’ is just a piece of this planet. And the very essence of the spiritual process is about just this.
When we say ‘spirituality,’ we are not talking about looking up or looking down. It is about turning inward and knowing the nature of what ‘this’ is. The first fundamental fact of looking inward is always to see that you are naturally very much a part of everything around you. Without that realization, there is really no spiritual process. That is not the goal of spirituality, that is the fundamental – that who you are, or what you think you are, is just a part of everything else.”
This is an excerpt from Sadhguru’s acceptance speech when he received the Indira Gandhi Paryavaran Puraskar, India’s highest recognition for environmental work. The award was given to Project GreenHands on June 5, 2010, for its efforts in mobilizing over 2 million volunteers to plant 17 million trees.