Saving our Trees
In our religion, God sometimes compares a tree to a person. Lets look at the similarities. First describing a tree, it has roots, a trunk, branches and leaves. The roots bring in nourishment and water from the soil, while the branches and leaves bring in sunlight and carbon dioxide. When the roots, branches and leaves are healthy, the trunk grows.
The roots symbolize a mind that is pure (no greed, no arrogance, and no self love). Long and extensive healthy roots symbolize an individual that is closer to God, while short and lean weak roots symbolize someone who lacks God’s truth.
The branches and leaves represent our perceived happiness. They are said to be green and numerous when we are happy. But when nature sometimes makes it presence, the branches may break or become diseased. If the roots are strong and numerous, nutrients and water will continue to be transported for growth and new buds will develop and create numerous branches and leaves; but if the roots are sparse and short, water and nutrients may not be transported sufficiently to grow more buds, and the branches and leaves may have a difficult time developing. As a result, the future of the tree will be in jeopardy. If our minds are closer to God (more roots), these obstacles (broken branches) will be just a stepping stone to a brighter happy future. But if our perceived happiness (green leaves) was a result of greed, arrogance and self-love, the obstacle will set us back, and we will become depressed.
It is important for us to gain strong roots. Let our numerous branches and green leaves be the result of true joy, then of perceived joy. Let us pray to God to sweep evils from our hearts, so our long and numerous roots stabilize us during any obstacles, propelling us to live a joyous life.
“Evil sweeping, save us please, Universal Saving God”