The following was extracted from an article entitled, “Plant Consciousness“:
In the research of Jagadish Chandra Bose, in plant stimuli, he showed with the help of his newly invented crescograph that plants responded to various stimuli as if they had nervous systems like that of animals. He therefore found a parallelism between animal and plant tissues. His experiments showed that plants grow faster in pleasant music and its growth retards in noise or harsh sound. His major contribution in the field of biophysics was the demonstration of the electrical nature of the conduction of various stimuli (wounds, chemical agents) in plants, which were earlier thought to be of chemical in nature.He claimed that plants can “feel pain, understand affection etc.,” from the analysis of the nature of variation of the cell membrane potential of plants, under different circumstances. According to him a plant treated with care and affection gives out a different vibration compared to a plant subjected to torture.”
Some more amazing research has shown that plants actually know their own siblings and kin, with the help of chemicals released from the roots. This way, if siblings of the plants are growing alongside them, the plants will grow their roots more downward and be taller, whereas if alien plants are living beside them, they will grow their roots outward and the alien plants will be shorter and grow less.
Recent research has uncovered that plants transmit information about light intensity and quality from leaf to leaf in a very similar way to the nervous system of human beings. In the experiment that found this, scientists showed that light shone on to one leaf caused the whole plant to respond and the response, which took the form of light-induced chemical reactions in the leaves, continued in the dark. This showed that the plant remembered the information encoded in light. Plants seem to be able to perform a sort of biological light computation, using information contained in the light to immunize themselves against diseases.
These “electro-chemical signals” are carried by cells that act as “nerves” of the plants.
There is an energy that flows throughout everything on this planet and throughout the entire multiverse. There is one invisible energy that ties us all together. Man, woman, cat, dog, tree, rocks, and any other manifestations of energy are all interconnected. The principle of Oneness is found in all ancient religions. The new evidence implies that these ancient beliefs, which were answers that mystics found by going within and accessing higher knowledge, were true in the sense that all is one and all is connected. The whole multiverse is, in this case, a sentient organism.
Never treat a plant like it is an inanimate object. It is just as alive as you are, just in a different way. Its consciousness is basic but it does exhibit feelings of fear, Empathy, happiness, etc. Is it not best to respect everything and everyone the same way you respect yourself? Why must it only involve human beings? Why not broaden the criteria to everything with a consciousness? It is the right thing to do that you can see in the deep of your soul. If we treat all manifested Reality as if it was us, but in a different manifestation, then imagine how different life would be.
The purity and unselfishness of plant existence can be pondered upon. Plant life can be seen as a model for ideal human conduct; unlike animals and humans, most plants do not kill and do not live at the expense of other organisms. They are in direct contact with all four elements (earth, wind, water, and fire i.e. sun) and their ability to transform cosmic energy is absolutely indispensable for life on this planet. Plants are uncontaminated by questions about purpose, awareness of goals, or concerns about the future; rather they seem to represent pure being in the here and now, the ideal of many mystical and spiritual schools of thought. Not exploiting and hurting other organisms, most plants serve themselves as a source of food and bring beauty and joy into the life of others.
I am so glad you have posted this link. It has made my day.
From my own personal experience, I have known for a few years now that plants have an amazing high state of consciousness, universal knowledge and wisdom. I dont eat meat which makes it even harder for me to emotionally handle. I mentally despair when vegans and vegetarians hold the singular belief that killing animals for food is wrong when holding no appreciation about the living entities of plant life.
My experience blew me away, and I have never been the same again since.
During a stressful time in my life, I decided to grow some broad beans in tubs outside my back door. One warm summers evening when the first crop were ready,I picked a few pods to have some of them with my salad. I opened the first pod to see the glistening beans nestled in their snug protective blanket attached to it just as we do via placentas in the womb. The beans were living. I was about to sever their life lines. It was at that moment I felt the most heart felt sadness and pain in my entire life. I understood at that moment how precious life was in every living thing. I cried. I could not eat them at that point. An hour later I had my tea and ate them, but it was hard to do.
A further hour later I proceeded to go to bed. The moment I got into bed and rested my head, I was instantly taken into the universe in a flash, and shown the most amazing images of universal consciousness and connection that I cannot even begin to describe. It was no dream, I was fully awake, it was real and I had not had alcohol or taken any mind bending substances. I know I had connected with the consciousness of the universe through that broad bean and that the broad bean had elected to share its wisdom that it held, because I had engaged in that moment of realisation with the bean that it was a living entity, a consciousness that I had to honour. That connection had been genuine love, so desperately painful to experience, yet proved to be a key that unlocked glimpses of the universe that staggered my mind.
Humanity has so far to go, our intelligence is not great like we think it is. We disregard what is so often right in front of us. The broad bean is a legume and supposedly one of the oldest on this apparent planet we live on..... and to me it holds one of the greatest sources of wisdom. We should always honour the food we eat. The global breeding of supermarkets have brought us a huge disconnect to plants and animals and have been a disservice to our consciousness.