And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. -Psalms 1:3
The three-footed Brahman has its roots above. Its branches are space, wind, fire, water, earth and the like. This Brahman has the name of the “lone fig tree”, and of it that is the radiance which is called the Sun. -Maitri Upanisad, VI:4
Seest thou how Allâh citeth a symbol: “A good word is as a good tree, its root set firm and its branches in heaven, giving its fruit at every season by the leave of its Lord”? Allâh citeth symbols for men that they may reflect -Qur’ân XIV: 24-5
The tree is an ancient, cross-cultural symbol that triggers a sense of wholeness and balance. Its roots go deep into the earth, (physical life and vitality, the Divine Feminine) Its branches reach up to the skyward Intellect, spirit, the Divine Masculine) and outward to shelter and shade (service and love for humanity).
In the Jewish mystical tradition, Kaballah, the Tree of Life is a sacred symbol and diagramatic portait of the human energy system. The Christmas tree became popular in Germany in the late 18th century. At that time, it was primarily decorated with candles and food delicacies (again, the balance of earth and sky, feminine and masculine symbols).
Reaching Up, Down and Outward
I think we all want to do what we can to help. May our roots reach down to regain our ground. May our branches reach up for wisdom. May they reach out to comfort. If you would like to mail sympathy cards or letters of support and solidarity to the school, the school address is: Sandy Hook Elementary School 12 Dickenson Drive Sandy Hook, CT 06482