The world as inverted Peepal tree || Acharya Prashant, on Bhagavad Gita (2020)

Questioner (Q): Here Shri Krishna is presenting an analogy of a tree upside down. Please help us understand the import of this analogy.

Acharya Prashant (AP): This is one of the most popular as well as most mystical and insightful images in all of spiritual literature.

Shri Krishna says that the world is like an inverted peepal tree. An inverted peepal tree. The roots are up there in the skies, and then there is a trunk, and then there are the branches and sub-branches and twigs and leaves etc. He says, such is the nature of existence.

What is he saying? He's saying, “I am the root, or the roots of this tree called existence, or the world. Brahma is the trunk, and then from him comes Prakriti with its various guṇas which are the branches and the sub-branches etc. And such is the world.”