The Banyan Tree is considered to be a symbol of immortality by Hindus. It grows little by little from a helpless seedling into a gigantic tree with aerial roots coming down from its branches and taking root in the ground, forming additional trunks, thus giving the main tree a greater girth and presence. Can’t we all grow like this tree — grow tiny roots here and there and then into full bloom. The Buddha attained enlightenment under this tree — so this tree is strongly connected with spirituality too.
This tree gives sustenance to a whole eco system which depends on it, we too can become like this tree giving sustenance, help and support to those who need it. To do that we need to become strong and supportive like the banyan tree. As the tree grows to its full height it gives shelter and food to lots of birds and animals. We too can provide a supportive environment to others. Everything on earth is temporary but one’s impact is felt by those who touch the lives of others.
We can touch the lives of others by spreading the benefits of meditation, helping others connect with their inner core — this is all divine work we do, have full faith in the Guru-energies and yourself and spread the word. As you speak, your words will generate a resonance of its own and the listener will be impacted positively. Speak as an empty pipe and the Guru-energies will flow through you. Believe me you will not remember what you said, and others will tell you that you spoke so well, where did you learn to speak like this, etc.
As we grow in life, more often than not, we distance ourselves from those who are less fortunate than us….maybe they are people who need our support at that time. If we become like the banyan tree then such people will find the shade and the required sustenance under our branches. As we meditate our aura keeps expanding, it is just like the banyan tree’s aerial roots, slowly steadily it expands giving not only you protection, but also those who come in its range. So, become like a banyan tree, solid, strong, gentle and giving, providing shade and shelter along with sustenance to those who come into your life.