The Eternal Akshaya Vada Vruksham[Some of the Siddha secrets concerning the Eternal Akshaya Vata Vriksha revealed by the Arunachala Siddha, Sathguru Venkataraman while on a pilgrimage to Kasi, Gaya and Prayag many years ago and published in the Sathguru's monthly magazine in the 1990s. www.Agasthiar.Org]
Articles on pitrus (ancestral beings) and tharpanam ceremonies.
The Siddhas tell us that just like there are highly evolved spiritual beings in the world of humans, so too in the plant kingdom there are spiritually significant plants and trees.
Of the trees that the Siddhas hold in great esteem, two are particularly important. These are the banyan tree and the peepul tree. Their Botanical names are ficus indica and ficus religiosa respectively. In Sanskrit they are named Akshaya vruksham and Asvattha or Pippala vruksham respectively, vruksham being the Sanskrit name for tree.
Symbolizing the Eternal Regeneration Cycle of the UniverseThe scriptures often cite the banyan tree as a symbol of creation. Siva in his manifestation as the teacher of the universe (Dakshina Moorthi) remains seated under the banyan tree, thus symbolizing his Lordship over all of creation. The banyan tree is unique in that it starts out growing upward like any other tree but then it sends out aerial roots from its branches downward towards the ground and the cycle continues. Thus the banyan tree symbolizes the eternal regeneration of the universe.
An aerial root sent out from a branch of the banyan tree which hits the ground and starts a new cycle of life is known as a vadam. Thus the term Akshaya Vadam refers to the banyan tree's unique growth pattern from top to bottom and signifies new generations of life. The term Akshaya Vada Vruksham refers to the entire banyan tree.
Siddha Insights Into the Eternal Akshaya Vata VrukshamSathguru Venkataraman recently took his disciples on a tour of spiritually significant places in North India. Three of the important places visited in this tour were Prayag, Gaya and Kasi. Sathguru Venkataraman pointed out a banyan tree in each of these three places and described the Siddha insights into these special trees.
The Siddhas say that these three trees are so spiritually unique that there's nothing quite like them in the world. They tell us that these three trees, though physically apart, are spiritually one tree, the eternal Akshaya Vada Vruksham. It's this eternal Akshaya Vata Vruksham which represents the essence of creation.
We have described the wheel of time in the Agasthiar Primer. Pralayam, the Cosmic flood, denotes the end of dissolution and the start of a creation cycle. The Siddhas say that the eternal Akshaya Vada Vruksham has existed from the very first Pralayam onwards, that's from the Beginningless Beginning. Hence it's referred to as aadhi moola vrusksham and oordhva moola vruksham.
The leaves of this tree float on the Pralayam waters and it's on these leaves that Sri Krishna rests during the cosmic Pralayam event. The very fact that Sri Krishna chooses to rest on the leaves of this tree is cause enough to worship it. Why? Because anything chosen by Sri Krishna is worthy of worship.
The Root - PrayagWhat's the place where Sri Brahma has performed yaagam (fire ceremonies) and where Sri Narayana welcomes the devotees in the form of Veni Madhava? Well it's the town of Prayag, also known as Allahabad. It's in this town that the three sacred rivers, Ganga, Yamuna and Sarasvathi, meet. This confluence of the three rivers is called Triveni Sangamam. Near this confluence point, inside a fort, we find the banyan tree that the Siddhas refer to as the Poorana Akshaya Vada Vruksham. This represents the root of the eternal Akshaya Vada Vruksham.
Om Sri Poorana Akshaya Vada Vrukshaaya Namaha
Om Sri Poorana Akshaya Vada Vrukshamé Potri
The Middle - VaranasiIn the town of Kaasi, also known as Varanasi and Benares, near the Kaasi Visvanatha temple we find the banyan tree that the Siddhas refer to as the Charana Akshaya Vada Vruksham. This represents the middle of the eternal Akshaya Vada Vruksham.
Om Sri Charana Akshaya Vada Vrukshaaya Namaha
Om Sri Charana Akshaya Vada Vrukshamé Potri
The Tip - GayaIn the town of Gaya in the state of Bihar we find the banyan tree that the Siddhas refer to as the Kara Akshaya Vada Vruksham. This represents the tip or head of the eternal Akshaya Vada Vruksham.
Om Sri Kara Akshaya Vada Vrukshaaya Namaha
Om Sri Kara Akshaya Vada Vrukshamé Potri
Recognizing the three parts, the Siddhas refer to the spiritual oneness of this tree as
Kara Charana Poorana Akshaya Vada Vruksham.
This is a name worthy of meditation. Meditate on it thus:
|Om Sri Kara Charana Poorana Akshaya Vada Vrukshaaya Namaha|
|Om Sri Kara Charana Poorana Akshaya Vada Vrukshamey Potri|
Worship Procedures Prescribed by the SiddhasThe eternal Akshaya Vada Vruksham predates the pithru beings. It's such an important symbol of creation and new generations of life that it's worshipped by all the gotra adipathis (the patriarchs from whom all living things are derived) and all the pitru beings. If the gotra adipathis and the pithrus worship it and if Sri Krishna chooses to rest on the leaves of this tree, shouldn't we worship it? The Siddhas say we must.
The picture of the Kara Charana Poorana Akshaya Vada Vruksham provided above is an object of worship. The Siddhas say that worship of the eternal Akshaya Vada Vruksham is top flight pitri worship, for by doing this one worships that which is worshipped by the pithrus themselves. We have provided this picture in 1024x768 wallpaper format just so you can use it for your pithru pooja and pithru karma worship purposes.
Pithru Dosham Problems and ChildlessnessIt's the pitrus who bless a couple with children and it's they who ensure happy families and new generations of life. They have been given this responsibility. But there's a class of sins which can result in a class of problems known as pithru dosham. Those who are tainted by pitru dosham have problems with progeny and family life; they can't seem to get married or have children or they face problems in their family life.
To get past these problems in life, one must redeem oneself from the pithru dosham roadblock. How can one do this? Well, there's a simple daily worship procedure prescribed by the Siddhas for precisely this purpose. Grind some sandalwood paste (you must do this yourself; do not use ready made sandalwood powders) and mix it with javvaadhu perfume and apply it as small round dots to the three trees in the Akshaya Vada Vruksham photo. Do this daily. Sathguru Venkataraman gave us this procedure as an easy way to redeem oneself from many kinds of pithru dosham roadblocks.
Solution for ChildlessnessThe Siddhas say that for those who badly want to have children but just can't seem to make it happen, the above mentioned worship procedure is ideal. This is a simple solution for the childlessness problem as taught to us by Sathguru Venkataraman.
TharpanamWhen you perform the pithru tharpanam rites on Amavasya (new moon day), Maalaya Paksham, Sraardham days or if you are one of the few blessed ones that does Nitya Tharpanam (daily tharpanam), place this picture in your worship altar and offer argyam (oblations of water) to the eternal Akshaya Vada Vruksham thus: Kara Charana Poorana Akshaya Vada Vruksham Tharpayaami. To be able to do this is a great blessing, say the Siddhas. Those who do this are indeed truly blessed.
Om Sri Kara Charana Poorna Akshaya Vada Vrukshamé Potri.
Om Salutations to the eternal Sri Kara Charana Poorana Akshaya Vada Vruksham.