Speaks on "Tree of Life"
Sunday, October 16, 2016 at 11:00am
In the Autumn months of the earth we witness the majesty and glory of nature renouncing her garb and paring back for the winter months to come. We are mesmerized by the beautiful pageantry of color displayed before our eyes. The trees and forests share with us the message of life, wisdom and immortality.
The tree of life is a symbol that spans across religious scripture, mythological lore, and artistic impressions and represents to us the cosmic principle of life’s unfoldment.
FROM GURUS AND SWAMIS:
“Man has always cherished a spiritual kinship towards trees. Forest was the source, the inspiration and the revelation for the Rishis of yore. Man loves trees with his soul. He considers a tree so much a living spiritual symbol of life, its origin, growth and perfection, that he even worships trees."
-Swami Premananda, "Prayers of Soul"
"The universe of Nature in which we live is filled with a spirit akin to our own. Nature is alive with God. What that spirit awakens in the heart is a blessing. Some people consider a certain plant sacred; others bow to a stone; many worship the sun. It is always the desire to love and to feel union with God through this wonderful world that is satisfied in such reverences."
“The same stream of life that runs through my veins night and day runs through the world and dances in rhythmic measures. It is the same life that shoots in joy through the dust of the earth in numberless blades of grass and breaks into tumultuous waves of leaves and flowers.”
"I part the out thrusting branches
and come in beneath the blessed and the blessing trees.
Though I am silent
there is singing around me.
Though I am dark
there is vision around me.
Though I am heavy
there is flight around me."
- Wendell Berry, “Woods”
“Blessed are those who find wisdom…She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her; those who hold her fast will be blessed.”
- Proverbs 3:13,18