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"asato ma sadgamaya
tamaso ma jyotirgamaya
mrityorma amritam gamaya"
Lead me from the asat to the sat.
Lead me from darkness to light.
Lead me from death to immortality.
(Brhadaranyaka Upanishad — I.iii.28)
This prayer proclaims the seeker’s admission of his sense of limitedness. It is not a prayer for the things of the world - food, shelter, health, partnership, riches, success, fame, glory or even for heaven. One who recites these three mantras has realized that such things are full of holes, and even in abundance, will forever leave him wanting. The essence of each of these three mantras is the same: "O, Guru, help me free myself from my sundry misunderstandings regarding myself, the universe and God and bless me with true knowledge."
The Tree of Life symbolizes wisdom, protection, strength, bounty, beauty, and redemption. This tree is symbolic of the Creator as it sustains creation with its abundant fruit, protection and regeneration. The Tree also represents humans as we too develop roots, strengthen our trunk and branch out to a wider vision of life as we grow.
The Sun represents head, body, soul, intelligence, will power, clarity, self-realization, and good health as life-centre.
Birds represent strength, love, wisdom and soul, flying free of the earth-bound body and seeking the freedom of the sky.