Vat Vriksha

It is written in the Rig Veda written in Sanskrit in 5000 BC, that the Vat Vriksha ( belittled by Vatican as the banyan tree , under which Banias held their shopkeeping business ) has a spiritual role in human life and must be revered. It was always a wonder as to how ageless a banyan tree can be. The tree which Alexander the great wrote in his records , as providing shelter to 8000 of his soldiers is still living.


The tree symbolises eternal life, due to its unending expansion. It is also called the Kalpaka Vriksha or the wish full filling tree, in the Atharva Veda. In the Bhagawat Gita Lord Krishna praises the tree as immortal.Sanatana Dharma ( Hinduism ) is known as a giant banyan tree, under whose shade a thousand faiths bloom.

For this is a tree that does NOT grow out of the soil. It grows out of its own branches. The seed alights on the branch, germinates from there and produces handing roots that invade the soils to grow into a new tree. After a couple of centuries the host tree does NOT exist any more, like how the human race changes form.

In Bhagawat Gita Sri Krishna tells Prince Arjuna before the great war. ” Of all the trees I am the Banyan tree”. This is where the creation and destruction of the Cosmos comes. This concept of Singularity ( which even Einstein did NOT understand ) or the Bindu of the Sri Yantra sacred geometry,  I will explain later in this same post.

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So in 1858 German Jew Max Mueller, put the age of the Great banyan tree of Acharya Jagdish Chandra Bose Botanical garden , Howrah, near Calcutta to 60 years. So today if you see Rothschild promoted free encyclopedia  Wikipedia on Internet, its says that this tree is just 200 years old.

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When Max Mueller saw this timeless milleniums old tree, it covered 4.8 acres of land or nearly 15000 square metres, with about 3000 aerial roots invading the soil as fresh trees–but all interlinked as one giant a great tangle of branches , roots and trunks. In those days this single tree looked like a great forest having a circumference of 1.2 kilometers.

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How petty can human nature get — how low can a human being be reduced to?banyan tree2

Rightly after Independence the Indian Govt has chosen Banyan tree as our national tree, for here is a  a tree that regenerates unlike other trees, and is immortal unless sabotaged..

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In every traditional Hindu temple there is a Banyan tree or a Peepal tree on the East side. Peepal is also called Bodhi tree, under which Gautama Buddha got enlightened 3900 years ago.

The Banyan tree is the male equivalent and Peepal is the female counterpart. The Peepal leaf is tender heart shaped which flaps with a gentle breeze and has a tapering long tail. banyan tree 5
The Banyan leaf is elliptical , shiny , stiff and leathery .The Peepal has a single truck while the larger and taller Banyan tree has several trunks.

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The leaves contain water and even if you light a bonfire underneath , nothing happens to the leaves, as is seen at Sabarimala where thousands of coconuts are burnt with ghee in the havanam . The intelligence of the tree lies in teh water content of the leaves.

Every single village in India has a Banyan tree who stood as a mute spiritual witness to deeds conducted under it. Every village held court, without written records under it, the tree being the sole witness. Under this tree people do NOT tell lies, lest the spirits in the tree get offended. Provoking the spirits within the tree brings misfortune and ill health.

So the mighty Banyan tree is the tree of knowledge and the tree of life, as it was the focus of the Panchayat community and the village council. Of course it provided as good  shade and friendly vibes to hundreds of people who sat under it.. Instant justice was provided under the canopy of this majestic sacred tree of wisdom. People behaved themselves under a Banyan tree, where the village deity is installed. It was rather an outdoor temple, with the main truck having a platform built around it. .
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It is about culture–people without culture will never understand this. In India when we are respectful to our parents , it is a part of our culture, and is programmed into our DNA. If you see America TV soaps, all for the sake of canned laughter, just see how a daughter insults her father of a son insults his mother, on wife insults the husband in front of her children. Thank god we do not have such bullshit uncultured serials in India even today.

In ancient days the stutterers and the stammer party used to lick honey out of a Peepal leaf to get magic cures. Women keep vrat , walk clockwise around the tree 7 times , and tie sacred thread around the tree, to be removed when the vow is full filled.
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Peepal leaf art has taken off in a bid way. You can soak a leaf in water and separate the pulp from the veins. The image of Lord Krishna as a young baby floating on a leaf down the river, sucking on the big toe is of particular religious significance. If you keep this image on a black background, the image comes alive. Remove the background and the image fades like magic.

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