Ādi-līlāChapter 9: The Desire Tree of Devotional Service

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrī Caitanya Caritāmṛta Ādi 9.32

alaukika vṛkṣa kare sarvendriya-karma

sthāvara ha-iyā dhare jańgamera dharma


alaukika — transcendental; vṛkṣa — tree; kare — does; sarva-indriya — all senses; karma — activities; sthāvara — immovable; ha-iyā — becoming; dhare — accepts; jańgamera — of the movable; dharma — activities.


"Since the tree of devotional service is transcendental, every one of its parts can perform the action of all the others. Although a tree is supposed to be immovable, this tree nevertheless moves.


It is our experience in the material world that trees stand in one place, but in the spiritual world a tree can go from one place to another. Therefore everything in the spiritual world is called alaukika, uncommon or transcendental. Another feature of such a tree is that it can act universally. In the material world the roots of a tree go deep within the earth to gather food, but in the spiritual world the twigs, branches and leaves of the upper portion of the tree can act like the roots.

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