Monday, June 29, 1959
The Sasana that was materialised by Swami in April 1959 was deposited in the ground at a spot specially chosen on the hill behind Prasanthi Nilayam, and over it was planted a banyan tree.
On that sacred occasion (Guru Poornima 1959), He addressed the devotees and declared “This tree is the Bodhi tree sitting under which Gautama Buddha received Spiritual Illumination. This is the tree of Enlightenment (Jnana) Lord Krishna is known as Vata Patra Shayee (He who reposes on a banyan leaf), because during the period of Pralaya (deluge), He assumed the microcosmic form of Balakrishna and reposed on a banyan leaf. This is the tree referred to by Sri Krishna in Bhagavad Gita. If aspirants meditate and undertake spiritual austerities here, they will attain fulfillment of their desires, success in their efforts, control over their senses and steadiness of mind”.
|Meditation Tree at Puttaparthi as it stands today|
With reference to planting of this tree, one of the lines in the Ashtottara Shata Namavali reads: ‘Sadhaka Anugraha Vatavruksha Prathishthapakaya Namaha’.