The lay thought it to be a magic tree. Some believed it to be a wish-granting tree. But I understood what it really was – a model of reality. A manifold branch come from a seed alone, from bīja to stambha the nature of ṛta made evident. And there was history to it too, its seed pressed into the earth by Ādiśiva when he first descended from Meru. What a sight that would have been, what a moment to have been present at.