Life... Come, my beloved, let us go forth into the field; let us lodge in the villages. Let us get up early to the vineyards; let us see if the vine flourish, whether the tender grape appear, and the pomegranates bud forth: there will I give thee my loves. (Song of Solomon 7,11-12)
The Tree of Life
The Tree of Life as a way of reconciliation
The tree of life is a central religious symbol of the entire Indo-European cultural area. Originally the symbol probably came from Indonesia through Indian Vedic culture in our culture. In the Jewish Kabbalah (the inner soul of the Torah, the law of Judaism) the Tree of Life" stands for the Heavenly People and it reflects the divine creation. In Christianity, Jesus Christ is considered the Tree of Life. I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. (John 14,6)
The symbol of the Tree of Life is a simplified form of the crown and the trunk of a tree. The roots are in the dark, in the earth, the branches extend into heaven. The Tree of Life stands for the inner journey of man in his determination as a Child of God, connecting the earth and the sky, the material with the spirit; So a path of love towards the heavenly man. It is the inner path of man to himself - a way of grace and healing.
The „Tree of Life” in the Peace Memorial
The Peace Memorial shows how the Tree of Life - more precisely: upper roots and lower stem - breaks through the dark cycle of projection of suffering. It is the root of the tree, which pulls the water out of the dark soil and which brings up the humus, the earth, so it can together with the airbe tranformed in the leafes into growth, flowers and fruits.
For if the firstfruit be holy, the lump is also holy: and if the root be holy, so are the branches. (Romans 11,16)
A man shall not be established by wickedness: but the root of the righteous shall not be moved. (Proverbs 12,3)
Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit. (Jeremiah 17,7-8)
For there is hope of a tree, if it be cut down, that it will sprout again, and that the tender branch thereof will not cease. Though the root thereof wax old in the earth, and the stock thereof die in the ground; Yet through the scent of water it will bud, and bring forth boughs like a plant. (Job 14,7-9)
Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. (Psalm 1,1-3)
In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. (Revelation 22,2)