Banyan of the Universe
ऊर्ध्वमूलोऽवाक्शाख एषोऽश्वत्थः सनातनः ।
तदेव शुक्रं तद्ब्रह्म तदेवामृतमुच्यते ।
तस्मिँल्लोकाः श्रिताः सर्वे तदु नात्येति कश्चन । एतद्वै तत् ॥ १॥
ūrdhvamūlo’vākśākha eṣo’śvatthaḥ sanātanaḥ .
tadeva śukraṃ tadbrahma tadevāmṛtamucyate .
tasmim̐llokāḥ śritāḥ sarve tadu nātyeti kaścana . etadvai tat .. 1..
This is that eternal Asvattha Tree with its root above and branches below. That root, indeed, is called the Bright; That is Brahman and That alone is the Immortal. In That all worlds are contained and none can pass beyond. This, verily, is That.
Swami Vivekananda Says —
Here is another beautiful simile. Those of you who have been in India and have seen how the banyan tree comes from one root and spreads itself far around, will understand this.
He is that banyan tree; He is the root of all and has branched out until He has become this universe, and however far He extends, every one of these trunks and branches is connected.[Source]