Every Friday we gather to write on just one word. We just give 5 minutes on this word and write as much as we can in this time. We don’t edit, correct, change or add to this. So, this is my unedited post for today’s writing prompt from Five Minute Friday. Today’s Five Minute Friday prompt is: “TREE”. Well, I didn’t check how long this took today, but it was certainly more than 5 minutes.
The Mango Tree
What do I think when I think of a tree? Surely, the mango tree. Why? Because one, I love mangoes the most and two because this mango tree which grows beside my house and is of the same age as I am. And it’s not just any other mango tree, it’s the Alphonso mango tree, which is the King of mangoes. And mind you, it tastes heavenly if you even have a bite on one of the mangoes growing on it. The seed for this tree was sown by my grandpa when I was born in the last century. 🙂
The Peepal Tree
This is another tree which came to my mind. There are many Peepal trees nearby. People don’t cut them, fearing that they’ll get some curse or something. Some others believe they’ll be troubled by the ghosts living on the tree. Even I feared going near the Peepal tree at the back of my house (for playing) when I was a kid. My mother and other people used to scare me saying ghosts live on Peepal trees and some had heard them too. So, I used to run back home if I used to be alone near the tree in the afternoon. I had also read many stories of ghosts living on Peepal trees in childhood. Peepal trees are also considered sacred by many people and they light an agarbatti or dhoop near it. I’ve heard the Peepal leaves have a lot of medicinal value too.
Searching for “ghosts on the peepal tree”, this was the first result I got. Interesting to read, though it’s a question asked at Yahoo Answers.
The Banyan Tree and The Botanical Garden
Another tree which I remember and a few still are and were around my place since I was very young. It’s well-known that the banyan tree has it’s big and woody ariel roots hanging. My mother also used to tell me she and her friends used to make a swing using these aerial roots and sway on it. It’s the national tree of India and also a sacred tree.
There’s a day women in India observe a fast and go and tie seven strings of cotton thread around it’s trunk, which is a large one. There’s a story behind it. A woman called Savitri lost her husband near a Banyan tree, an year after her marriage. It’s said she followed Yama, the god of death, to the land of the dead. Through her devotion, love and some tactic, she brought her husband back to earth and back to life. This is why women tie the strings and chant a mantra, so their husbands live longer.
These trees can stretch to a width you can’t imagine. Have you heard of this Banyan Tree at the botanical gardens in Kolkata? It’s a few hundred years old and goes to around 400 metres! Can you imagine a tree of such width? Actually, what happened is the tree’s original trunk died and its ariel roots went into the earth to support the branches. It’s more like a forest than a tree.
The Human Tree
This is a tree which no one knows. Most people would think it’s the family tree or a chart which represents their family in a tree structure. But no, here I’m speaking about the human tree as just a single tree. Surely, you haven’t heard of it. It can’t be seen with the naked eyes, but it exists. Where? Up, up, and above. Where is that place? It’s far beyond the reach of any rocket, farther than the sun, the moon and the planets, even farther than the stars. That place is the incorporeal world where the souls reside with their Father, the Supreme soul. They stand or sit, or remain still there in the form of a tree-like structure. The Supreme soul is at the root of this human tree. That’s why He’s called the root of the Kalpa Vriksha. Vriksha means tree in Hindi.
The above was my response to the Five Minute Friday prompt for today, November 16, 2013. Actually, I wrote in five minutes only till the word STOP above. But, I wanted to continue writing some more, so I just went on. I hope you like this post.