SRI LANKA TRAVELOGUE – DAY 2 – ANURADHAPURA - TREE OF ENLIGHTENMENT

by Antonio Gil March. 02, 2019 611 views
The yellow pillars are used as struts to hold the branches of the Bodhi tree

The yellow pillars are used as struts to hold the branches of the Bodhi tree

People praying around the tree

People praying around the tree

The kind monk

The kind monk

Behind-the-scenes. Picture taken by my friend Ana

Behind-the-scenes. Picture taken by my friend Ana

♫♫ Maha Bodhi Tree where Buddha got enlightened sitting under ♫♫

The Bodhi Tree

For more than a month, Siddartha meditated, a practice of training the mind to free itself from the worries of everyday life, beneath a fig tree in Bodh Gaya, India. After 49 days, he stood from his meditative position. He thanked the tree for its shade and found enlightenment. It was then that he became The Buddha, or the enlightened one. The fig tree that sheltered The Buddha took on great significance as the Buddhist religion developed. Just as Siddartha became the Buddha, the tree became the Bodhi Tree or tree of enlightenment.

In Bodh Gaya, the Bodhi tree still stands, a descendant of the one under which the Buddha sat. But around the world, Buddhist temples have planted their own fig trees, some from clippings related to the original. One of the trees, in Anuradhapura, is the oldest living tree cut from the Buddhas's Bohdi tree.

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Jay Boggess 10 months, 1 week ago

Thanks, Amigo! I've never er heard of this tree before! Fascinating info and nice camera work!

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Antonio Gil Replied to Jay Boggess 10 months, 1 week ago

My pleasure dear Jay. smile

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Jay Boggess Replied to Antonio Gil 10 months, 1 week ago

Glad to hear ir, Amigo!

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Camellia Staab 10 months, 3 weeks ago

Interesting narration, learned something new. Why do they have to keep the branches up...is the tree collapsing or is this part of the ritual of keeping the tree upright?

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Antonio Gil Replied to Camellia Staab 10 months, 3 weeks ago

The branches are so long they would collapse if not for the struts. The tree must look always strong and full of vitality. After all it's a kind of a divinity and these do not collapse grinning

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Camellia Staab Replied to Antonio Gil 10 months, 3 weeks ago

Thanks for the response smile

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Francesc 10 months, 3 weeks ago

Interesting mix, I love the way that support the trees

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Antonio Gil Replied to Francesc 10 months, 3 weeks ago

It's a magic tree so they treat it like if it was some kind of deity

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Laurie Madsen 10 months, 3 weeks ago

Interesting stuff Antonio!
Thanks for sharing!

10 months, 3 weeks ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Laurie Madsen 10 months, 3 weeks ago

My pleasure dear Laurie smile

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Berckmans Peter 10 months, 3 weeks ago

Seen a few of them. Nicely documented

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Antonio Gil Replied to Berckmans Peter 10 months, 3 weeks ago

Thanks Peter. There are more trees than enlightenment it seems. Even here, there's always a feeling of unrest due to the different religions fighting for supremacy (Buddhists, Hindus and Muslims)

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Russell Smith 10 months, 3 weeks ago

Thank you for the history lesson. It is interesting how they brace the tree #3 is quite striking to me

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Antonio Gil Replied to Russell Smith 10 months, 3 weeks ago

They have the utmost respect for this tree. Thanks Russel

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