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The World To Reap

A divine soul by the name of  Jadav “Molai” Payeng some thirty years ago began a routine of sowing seeds along a barren sandbar near his home in northern India’s Assam region. The motive was driven by his desire to provide a sustainable refuge for local wildlife. Little did he realize that this was soon to become what he felt his life purpose entailed. In essence, Jaday”Molai” Payeng spent the next three decades tickling mother natures soils to help her flourish into a 1,360 acre display of lush jungle.

What I found outstanding about the story is that it demonstrated how powerful one person can be when they put their mind to a task and are determined to see it through. While most of the world is caught up in consumerism and consumption,  Jadav “Molai” Payeng dedicated his existence to working with nature by contributing to it’s betterment. Its such a phenomenal feat of endurance. Walking through that forest each day must provide him with an insurmountable amount of satisfaction, knowing it exist because of him, rather than in spite of him.

When I read about stories such as his I feel a sense of hope. If one person can make such a difference, imagine what will happen at the point that we all choose to wake up to the power within and begin our contribution back to the environment. It’s a powerful reminder that we shouldn’t seek permission or accolades to do what we know is right. Let us all do what we can to be a little more like Jadav “Molai” Payeng.


Our forests globally are under threat and are decreasing at an alarming rate. There are numerous organizations that are working toward trying to increase peoples awareness of what is happening and to look at developing long term sustainable solutions that remove the dependence on destroying our natural resources.

If you want to know more check out the world wild life org

“Jadav Payeng” : The Man Behind Mulai Forest

William D McMaster YouTube Channel

Published on Jun 13, 2014

Since the 1970’s Majuli islander Jadav Payeng has been planting trees in order to save his island. To date he has single handedly planted a forest larger than Central Park NYC. His forest has transformed what was once a barren wasteland, into a lush oasis.

Humble yet passionate and philosophical about his work. Payeng takes us on a journey into his incredible forest.

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