The Tree of Sam…


The Tree of Samsara

…it has its uproar, rendered tumultuous through the various sounds arising from dancing, singing, instrumental music, disport (play, jest), clapping on the arms, laughing, pulling, crying, exclaiming, “Alas, alas!”, “Leave me, leave me!”, induced by mirth and grief from the enjoyment and pain of living beings; and it is felled by the weapons of detachment consisting in the realization of Brahman and the Self as inculcated by Vedanta. This tree of the world is of nature ever unsteady, like the peepul tree, shaken as it is by the wind of desire and deeds; downwards are its branches, consisting of heaven, hell, and the states of beasts and ghosts; (it is) exisiting from time immemorial, having no beginning. That very thing – which is the root of the tree of the world – is white, pure, resplendent – being in reality the light of the Self which is consciousness, that is Brahman, being the greatest of all; that indeed is called indestructible by nature being true.

Ka.U.B., II.iii.1 (Katha Upanishad)

Description of human life… from time immemorial from the ancient tradition of India. ‘The tree of the knowledge of good and evil’, which can be felled by real knowledge according to that wisdom tradition of the Upanishads.

About amartingarcia

General surgeon (retired). Studied Western philosophy at U of Toronto. Afterwards interest turned to advaita vedanta and non-duality for past 20 yrs, plus a long interlude in Sufism coinciding with that period. Now contributing in ’Advaita Vision’ with regular posts and discussions.
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