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Question :

In Srimad Bhaghavad Gita, Chapter 15, in Shlokas-1, 2, 3, 4, & 5 we come across the reference of a "Ashvaththa" tree is narrated, but the tattvam on this is not understood.

Swamiji please help us.

Learner.

Answer:

Dear and blessed R:

Harih Om Tat Sat.  Your email of 17th Sep is before me and I am reading it again.

15th chapter in Bhgavadgeeta gives an allegorical description of the world in which we live. It likens it with an inverted tree.  Why?  We see only the top of the world, not the bottom any time.  Wherever you stand on earth, here or on the other hemisphere, you can see only upward.  But understand well, the world is an inverted tree, with roots above and only branches below.  There is no question or possibility of our getting to know the all of the world!

Though extinction of the world is impossible, we can manage to be free of the impediments it causes and live through successfully.  Asanga, dis-attachment, freeing from the delusional clinging, is the one strong weapon to be employed for this.

Vedas are the one source which reveal the nature of the world, and enrich you to live in it without undue suffering and with fulfillment.

Vedas act like leaves in the tree.  You can distinguish a tree from its leaves.  In fact, that is how we discern various trees, plants and herbs. Use the Vedas to understand the ephemeral nature of he world, develop dispassion and dis-attachment, and find your fulfillment, despite whatever is or is not around you.

You will find your way as Krishna and Arjuna did.  Krishna met all his opponents including his uncle, Arjuna had to slay even Bheeshma and Drona.  Instances normally impossible for human sentiments!

This asanga comes through the equalness towards sukha and duhkha, not through physical renunciation or abandonment.

Let the world be, but not its effect in you.  Thus you live in your throne of the world, as a master, not as servant.

Earth is a small planet somewhere in the universe. The universe itself is rooted somewhere, inaccessible to us. Like roots invisible above.  How can we do anything to undo the world?  It is like an inverted tree.

However much you may destroy the world with explosions, there will still be existence infinitely more, up and around, inaccessible.

The only way is to be free of its menace, by applying the tool of non-clingingness.

The chapter becomes a full treatise, in getting to our goal, self realization and liberation.

I have already explained this in the book ‘Essential Concepts of Bhagavadgeeta’.

Love and ashirvaad.

Antaratmaa

Swami Bhooomananda Tirtha.

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