GROWING PLANTS AND TREES IN THE PERIPHERY OF A HOUSE
The Goddess of fortune will flee away from the resident of a house even though he is leading a princely life - if the following plants or trees grow in the periphery of such a house.
According to the essence of Veda, it is ten times a better deed to dig up a tank than to dig up a well in a good site.
It is again ten times a better deed to beget a good son than digging up ten tanks.
It is again ten times a better deed to plant and grow a good tree than to beget ten good sons. After constructing a house, people grow plants, and trees in the front yard and at the back yard of the house. They reap good benefits by planting coconut, mango and other utility trees. They also get flowers for worshipping God, from the flowering plants they grow.
In addition the appearance of the house surrounded by greeneries is quite appealing to the eyes and adds beauty to the house.
By planting and growing plants, and trees, the family will be benefited. The text written by MAYA however warns that there are certain trees that are beneficial and certain other trees which are maleficent to the welfare of the family.
Maintaining a garden or growing plants, and trees in the South East or South direction of the house is prohibited. Failure to observe this rule will lead to loss of property, fear, quarrel and falling sick often.
Maintaining a garden or growing plants, and trees in the East, West and North directions of the house will beget good children (sons and daughters) and a pleasant life. Both the house and its residents will not prosper, in which house trees such as Elandhai (Ziziphus jujuha), Sevvaazhai (Red plantain), Karu vaazhai (Black plantain) Maathulai (Pomgranate) are grown. The wealth and welfare that are naturally reaped by a family will be reduced if trees like Purasu, Sampanki, and Naanai and Maththi kaagu are grown in the house. There will be loss of abundance of wealth and loss of son, if trees like Nelli (Phyllanthus embilica) and turmeric raezome are grown. Even if these plants grow by themselves, they must be completely weeded out.
Growing a banyan tree in the eastern side, a peepul tree in the western side, an iththi tree (ficus viren) in the northern side of a house will bring in good fortune, bounty of wealth both monetary and grainy, and an increase of the tribe and the comforts of royal life.
Growing a peepul tree in the eastern side, an iththi tree (Ficus viren) in the southern side, a banyan tree in the western side and an aththi tree (Ficus racemoso) in the northern side is malefic to the growers, causing bereavements and loss of property. This is also true even if the above trees grow in the wild in the directions specified above.
Coconut tree, being equivalent to the Karpaga vrisham, (a tree of the heaven yielding whatever is desired) is the most ideal tree to be grown during this present iron age of miseries (Kaliyuga). Also the mango trees and flowering plants could be ideally grown.
The vegetations of trees, plants, and all other small plants enhance the power to the motions of the five elements of Earth, air, fire, water, and ether, which in turn influence the human beings to reap the benefits of longevity of life and good fortune.
Even in the foreign countries people grow plants of some kind or other in their gardens or indoors with the strong belief that it will drive away the poverty. Further, based on this same belief they have started growing plants in important locations, thus strengthening their belief.
The book of Vedas (the holy book of the Hindus) makes it known for the one who let grows a sacred Vilva tree (Crataeva religiose), all the sins he had committed in his previous births will be completely annihilated, all his descendants for the succeeding twenty one generations will reap the benefit of a life without poverty, beget children, get wealth with gems and jewels, get peace of mind without any enemies and be blessed with the benefit of living in the holy land of the Hindus (Punniya Bhoomi).
Similarly for the one who grows and worship a sacred Tulsi (Holy Basil) plant (Ocymum Sanctum) the sins he had committed in all his former births will totally be annihilated and he will earn the merits of having lived in the heaven for thousand years for having worshipped the holy basil for one day and all his descendants for the succeeding 21 generations will be blessed with the comforts of a royal life having got in their possession the two species of gold one in the form of chank (conch) and the other in the form of a lotus of the heaven (Sanga nidhi and Paduma nidhi), regarded as possessing life and yielding whatever is desired.