Wednesday, 23 September 2015

The Ashwattha tree.


The  Gita  revisited. 
The  Ashwattha tree.

                       The  fifteenth chapter opens  with the  description  of  the ashwattha  tree . The  Lord  has said  earlier  in the tenth chapter  ,that  this  peepal tree is  His  special  glory. . This  tree  is  the  symbolic  tree  of  life,which  has  its  roots  above  and  branches  below , whose  leaves  are the  Vedas  and  the one  who knows it is a   Veda  knower. .   Adi  Sankaracharya  says  this  tree represents  the world  because  the word  'ashwattha  ' means  that  which   will not remain the  same  tomorrow. . The  world  keeps  changing  from moment  to moment  . Samsara  is  compared  to a tree  ,a  vriksha  ,which  means'  that  which can be   cut down. This  tree  of samsara  can  be  cut down  with  the  strong axe of  detachment. . This  tree   of  samsara  has its  roots  UP   in the  Divine  Consciousness  . 

                  The  tree gets  nourished  by the  roots  ,which means  ,the  experiences  of  the  changes  and  the experiencer  of   them are all established  in  the  Infinite  and  get nourished  by the  Infinite. . For  this  tree  of  life , the Vedas   themselves  are  the  leaves. . Leaves  help the  roots  to draw  nourishment  from the  earth,  if leaves  are cut  the tree's  growth gets  stunted . Vedas  mean  knowledge  and  knowledge  brings  dynamism  of  life  into the  world.. He  who  knows  it  is a knower of the  Vedas. . Vedas  stand  for  One  Eternal Principle  ,from  which  all realms  of  experience   spring  forth. . The  pursuit  of  knowledge  in the  field  of   science  cannot give  perfect knowledge  , it  is  limited. . Knowledge  is perfect   when we have  the knowledge  of the  finite  and  the infinite, the  created  and  the creator. . A man  of realisation  is  the knower  of  both  the perishable  ad  the imperishable   and  that  which  is beyond both.  He  is then  the  knower  of the  Vedas. 

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