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The Evergreen Tree With the Greatest Gift

By December 24, 2013

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Featured: Fallen Evergreen Tree
During the winter holidays, many people cut down and put up trees. They may be decorated with fancy ornaments, trimmed with strings of cranberries, candy canes, or sweets like gumdrops. Small gifts may be hung from the branches and larger gifts placed beneath them. After a few weeks the holidays pass, the presents have been opened, the trees dry out and have to be discarded. Even live trees which can be planted in the ground are subject to disease.

Dead Pine
Dead Pine
Photo [S Khalsa]

"Naanak gur santokh rukh dharam ful fal giaan" ||SGGS||147||

Guru Nanak tells of the tree of contentment whose flower is faith, and which bears fruit of divine knowledge.
Watered by divine love it remains evergreen, and ripens with good deeds and meditation.
Tasting of its sweets, honor is obtained which is of all gifts, the best and greatest gift.

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April 19, 2012 at 4:27 pm
(1) Robert says:

I don’t think the pine shown was used as a Christmas Tree! Most trees are only 4-8 feet tall.

April 20, 2012 at 5:31 pm
(2) sikhism says:

Hi Robert,
Before being planted in the ground, the Monterey Pine pictured had been potted and marketed as a 5 foot Christmas tree. A decade or so after being planted in the ground, the pine eventually succumbed to a beetle infestation ravishing the West Coast. It all happened so long ago, I had forgotten all about its actual history until your remark. Thanks for commenting.

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