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Ashvattha

In Botany, Ashvattha is the Sanskrit name for the peepal (Ficus religiosa) tree. In Etymology, Ashvatta (Ashwattha, Ashvattha) comes from a Sanskrit root Shwa meaning morning or tomorrow. Ashwattha is the mythical Hindu world tree, both indestructible and yet ever-changing: the same tree will not be there tomorrow. Krishna talks about the immutable Ashvatta Tree whose roots are in the air and branches, touching the ground, symbolising the subtle truth that the world we observe is an inversion of the real. We know that a reflection is always false, only the object is real. So, reality and perception are two different things. Reality has been described as one without a second birth; changeless, immutable, ageless and deathless. However, we perceive the world of births and deaths to be real. Are there two worlds, one real and the other, a reflection? http://www.experiencefestival.com/a/Amarnath/id/221944
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