Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Tree and Hinduism

The sacred tree of the Hindus, the wild fig tree, the banyan tree or Asvattha (ficus benghalensis). In the Bhagavad Gita, the sacred book of Hindus, the Hindu god Krishna talks about the sacred tree with its roots upward and its branches growing downward. Still places women in northern India offerings such as milk, sugar and rice in a fig tree to disease and misfortune of their family at bay. The oldest banyan tree can be found at Prayag where the three holy rivers meet: the Yamuna, Ganges and Saraswati. Ficus benghalensis, Ficus religiosa banyan tree, Pipal or bodhi tree
There are several legends about the origin of this tree. One of the oldest legends comes from the ancient tribes. They claimed the banyan tree, symbol of the wealth of nature and the home of Shalabhanjika, goddess of trees. Beads of seeds that can be made, laced into strings, contributed in honor of the Divine Mother and Shiva. The banyan tree is the symbol of Hinduism, he shoots off into many directions, is energized by numerous roots, provides shade and comes from a strong tribe.
Buddha attained enlightenment and immortality under the Banyan tree. This is its extensive root system, its narrow trunk and broad crown the ideal symbol of enlightenment, awakening, collection and concentration of latent energy that one needs for a spiritual transformation.

Another tree that is sacred in Hinduism and is worshiped, the pipalboom or bodhi tree (ficus religiosa). He is a majestic tree, thirty meters high. He was mostly planted near temples. The leaves have long steal, to the base cordate, ending in a fine point. They move in the softest breeze. The young leaves are light green and have pink veins. They later fade to blue-green. The fruits are small and dark. berries of the ficus religiosa (moerbeivijg)
The pipalboom mainly symbolizes the divine mother. In the Rig-Veda tells about the use of parts of the boiler pipalboom like fire and sticks to the sacred, ceremonial fire to keep burning. People use the bark, fruit and other parts of the pipalboom for Ayurvedic preparations, which eg asthma and skin diseases are treated.
Kadaliboom the banana tree) symbolizes coolness and control. During the Durga Puja ceremonies-one uses it as a sort of bowl kadaliblad. In South India it is customary to present kadalibladeren food because it is believed that the hot food combines with the chlorophyll of the leaves and thus healing works. Fruit, leaf, flower and stem serve as food and medicine.

Jonesia Asoka or Saraca indica, a tree with drooping, dark green leaves and a broad crown is not higher than 10 m and has beautiful orange flowers. In March and April they spread a pungent odor. He symbolizes Kama, the god of desire. Saraca indica

The bilvaboom in the eyes of the Hindus is the embodiment of Shiva. Its flowers, leaves and fruits are so sacred. The three-leaved stem symbolizes the three basic elements: purity, activity and inertia. Roots, leaves, bark and flowers for medicinal purposes.

Rudraska is an evergreen tree with a crown that is growing rapidly and after three to four years already bearing fruit. Of this tree grow in India 25 different species. Rudraska Shiva symbolizes the tears shed it when he saw the misery that mankind has created.

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