' The Supreme Lord said:
'Anyone who knows that the Asvattha is said to be an imperishable [banyan-]tree that has its roots upwards,
its branches downwards and of which the leaves are the vedic hymns, knows the Veda's. '
The Yoga of the Supreme Person:
About the realization of the characteristics, virtue and glory of God.
Verses 1 to 6 & 15 to 20.
The Supreme Lord said: 'Anyone who knows that the asvattha is said to be an imperishable [banyan-]tree that has its roots upwards, its branches downwards and of which the leaves are the vedic hymns, knows the Vedas.
Extending downward and upward, its branches by the modes of nature downwards developed twigs as the senseobjects and to the extending roots [upwards] the karma that binds one to the human world.
The form of this tree which is without a beginning or end cannot be perceived in this world nor can one see how it is maintained; this strongly rooted Banyan must be cut by the weapon of detachment. After doing so one has to find out about that place for which one is going and from where one never returns and then surrender to Him, the Primordial Original Person, from whom everything extended since time immemorial.
Without pride and its illusion, having overcome bad association, understanding the eternal, dissociated from the lust and liberated from identifying with the dualities of happiness and distress, one unbewildered attains that everlasting refuge.
Going to that place which is not lit by the sun or the moon, nor by fire, one never returns; that abode is the Supreme of Mine.
Residing in the heart of all beings they have from Me remembrance, knowledge and reasoning; I am certainly knowable by the Veda's, I am its author and the one who knows its meaning surely too.
There are two kinds of being in the world: the perishable and the imperishable state; [of the physical] all the living beings are perishable while of the oneness to the many it is said that one does not perish.
The supreme person is but the other soul in the beyond of whom is said that pervading the three worlds He is maintaining [them] as the inexhaustible Lord.
Because I am to the fallible transcendental and beyond the fallible the best, therefore am I in the world and in the vedic literature celebrated as the Supreme Personality.
Anyone who without a doubt knows Me thus as the Supreme Personality - he ,knowing all, renders devotional service unto Me in all respects, o son of Bharata.
Understanding this most confidential part of the revealed scripture thus disclosed by Me, o sinless one, one becomes intelligent and perfected in ones doing, o son of Bharata.
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