Pictorial History

Symbol of Interfaith Unity

by artist Thetis Blacker

Batik painting made for the Temple of Understanding's 45th Anniversary

The Tree of Life bears twelve multi-colored fruit hanging from the branches.

The leaves of the tree are olive leaves and symbolize peace and hope.

The branches spring from the one stock, the trunk. Living sap moves through and up the boughs, as indicated by the undulating serpentine central vein.

Four roots of the tree grow from the four directions of the world, while four rivers of vital water flow outward to all people of the earth.

The fruits of the tree represent different faiths, each linked in harmony. Each fruit contains the seed of propagation and is surrounded by a circle of white radiance indicating the sacred nature of faith, hallowed by the ineffable.

Above the tree hovers a dove, a holy symbol of peace and love. It roosts in the midst of the tree, bringing divine blessing upon all in unity.

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