The Tree of Life, with its branches reaching toward the heavenly Father and its roots digging deep into Mother Earth, is a universal symbol illustrating how everything in life is connected. Playing a significant role in science, religions, philosophy and cultures, the Tree of Life has come to symbolise love, fertility, immortality and friendship.
Some scholars believe that the Tree of Life and the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil that was planted in the Garden of Eden, (you know, the one that Adam stole the apple from?) are in fact the same tree. Some believe that they are part of the World Tree or Cosmic Tree. That is why a tree is used to symbolise the birth and rebirth of Christ on Christmas Day.
Painting done in 1801 depicting a temple, Bodhi Gaya under a Bodhi Tree.
In India, the Banyan and the Pipal tree,also known as the Sacred Figs, are both regarded as the Tree of Life. The Bodhi Tree which Buddha sat under when he found enlightenment was a pipal.
In Islam, it is
The Blauchi prayer rug was finished late last night. It measures 7" by 4" without the fringe and depicts a Tree of Life in a mihrab or niche.
Prayer rugs are traditionally taken care of in a holy manner. It is disrespectful for one to place a prayer mat in a dirty location or throw it around in a disrespectful manner. Decorations are not only important but also have a deep sense of value in the design of the prayer rug. Here is Jai with the precious and readable Koran made by Helene.
Setting for a Tree of Life picnic with friends