The Symbolism of a Tree's Roots

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Spiritual Function

In the Baha'i faith, the root symbolizes an initial causation or starting point.  All humanity has the same starting point.  That starting point is Adam, the first human.  But, ideologies, prejudices, and other similar constructs can have roots as well.  A healthy root is one that receives nutrients from the Sun.  If the leaves can't receive the light from the Sun, the roots will surely die. [text] [text] [text] [text

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Practical Function

A root is often the symbol of an initial causation or starting point.  So, it's important to understand how many things actually start off in the imagination of a single person.  Imagination springs forth scientific theories, social movements, revolutions and more.  But, just because your imagination jolts you out of sleep in the middle of the night, doesn't make it right about everything.  Imagination should always be confined by the truth.  Furthermore, the truth always comes from the word of God.  Thus, the word of God should be the root of all of your thoughts.  This is the only way that your imagination will yield fruit. [text]

Some people are entrusted with the task of discovering and communicating truth.  Those people form the metaphoric roots of the community.  If they become corrupted, the community will be corrupted.  But, if they are just, and truthful, the community will grow like a healthy tree.  There will be leaves, branches and edible fruits.  This is the standard that you should apply when choosing religious teachers, news sources, universities and others sources of truth. [text]

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Relation to the Sun

Without the rays of the Sun of truth, the roots would be dead.  Obviously, the roots depend upon the nutrients that the leaf feeds into the branch.  But, the leaf depends upon the sun.  Thus, the pursuit of material truths without spiritual guidance is like splitting the roots of the tree with an ax.  Science should create unity rather than divisions. [text]

Related Quotes

  • "had not the Book of the Covenant, like unto the ray of the Sun of Reality, illuminated the world, the forces of the Cause of God would have been utterly scattered and certain souls who were the prisoners of their own passions and lusts would have taken into their hands an axe, cutting the root of this Blessed Tree." - Abdu'l Baha
  • "Some say that human existence is among those things that have appeared in the world of being and that are due to the exigencies of nature. Were this true, man would be the branch and nature the root. But is it possible that there could exist a will, a consciousness, and certain perfections in the branch which are absent in the root?" - Abdu'l Baha
  • "the human mind being the comprehender thereof, and certainly the comprehender is greater than that which lieth within its grasp; for imagination is but the branch, while mind is the root; and certainly the root is greater than the branch." - Abdu'l Baha

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