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Why Hindus Tie Cotton Threads Around Trees?

Cotton Threads of various colours like red, yellow and white are tied around Pipal tree trunks especially in Northern and Western parts of India. This ritual is performed especially on the Vat Savitri puja day (May – June). During Vat Savitri Puja, the Banayan or Pipal Tree symbolically represents Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. The root of Vat Vriksha is Brahma, the stem is Vishnu and the upper part is Shiva.The Pipal tree plays an important role in the famous story of Satyavan Savitri. It is believed that Satyavan spend his last moments under a Vat or Banyan tree on the full moon day in month of Jyeshtha. And Yamraj appeared here and Savitri pleaded with Yamraj under the Banyan tree.In memory of this event, women go round the Banyan tree for 108 times tying threads and fast for the health and longevity of their husbands.There are also other hidden symbolic meanings – one such meanings is narrated by Bhagwat Shah of PushtimargThe Pipal tree represents the tree of life and is sacred in Hind…

Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj On When Is There An Ego?

When is there an ego? The ego is there when you have certain reactions. You take delivery of whatever is observed spontaneously. You cling to it, register it, then only is there an ego. You see some building material lying on the road – you think that you are a carpenter and you start figuring how to use that material; the thought process has started, ego starts. If you are nobody, you will not bother about the building material – you will just observe it and go your way. Once it is out of sight it is out of mind; but when you receive that delivery, you cogitate over it, ego has started.Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj(Source:Prior to Consciousness – Talks with Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj ~ Edited by
Jean Dunn)