Introduction / Using ARAS: The Symbolism of the Cross

[aras-image:7Af.010,a,7.874016,245,310,Sakyamuni's enlightenment under the Bodhi tree]
  In India tree worship predated Buddhism but was reinforced by Sakyamuni's enlightenment under the Bodhi tree
(7Af.010,). From pre-Buddhist times Brahman was visioned as a great green tree, rooted in the dark ground of the Godhead and manifested in the cosmos. We experience this as an inverted tree because we see only the reflection, as though across a lake, rather than Brahman himself (COOMARASWAMY 1, p. 395n).