The Fountain of Youth and the tree of life

The fountain of youth conquest by so many kings in the old days, searching for it , my mother told me that God do not allow just any body to find it and the fountain only appears on day in one place and it will vanish and it will appear some where else and so on , and that the fountain always appear in difficult unreachable areas.

some times in the middle of the sea or ocean, on top of a mountain or a desert,and some animal will find it and drink from it.She also told me that God allow those who are destined to drink from it to live healthy, young life and never age and they will live thousand of years.Like the famous story if the green man ( Khodher) who walk with Moses and taught him, and who advised king Solomon.

One of the earliest accounts of this legendary spring comes from Herodotus, who describes it as a special “Water of Life” giving any who drinks of it exceptionally long life. Same as the holy river where Achilles mother washed her son holding him from his Achilles and dipping her son in the water to be strong and no metal can enter his skin .Later of course he got killed by an arrow that puncture his Achilles the weakest area that was not been dipped in the water and the warriors killed him after he fall.

Similar stories have also been told among the indigenous people of the Caribbean and South America, which brought the Fountain of Youth to prominence during Spain’s era of exploration. According to one popular story, in 1513 the Spanish conquistador Juan Ponce de León heard tales of the fountain during his travels in Puerto Rico, and set sail to search for eternal life. In doing so, he discovered Florida (“flowery land”). (and became one of the first Europeans to set foot on North American soil).The Fountain of Youth continues to captivate audiences today – movies, books, comics, and games have all featured the fabled spring, and man’s eternal quest to obtain it. I my self tried to drink water from japan, Korea,Brunei, Singapore, many other part of south east Asia, and many middle eastern countries and tested the zamzam water, wadi Fatima water, Many cities in Canada and the USA , UK, Greece, Germany , Holland and other places that I visited ,worked and lived in.

even from the middle of the Hudson bay in Canada we say a fountain that just like a spring in the bay but nothing special I still  age , LOL.

Regarding the tree of life In the Book of Genesis, the tree of life is first described in  as being planted with the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (Hebrew: עֵץ הַדַּעַת) in the midst of the Garden of Eden.In Genesis 3:24 cherubim guard the way to the tree of life at the east end of the Garden. The tree of life has become the subject of much debate as to whether or not the tree of the knowledge of good and evil is the same tree.

The Book of Proverbs uses the term tree of life four times in the figurative speech.The Book of Revelation uses the Koine Greek phrase xylon (tēs) zōës, ξύλον (τῆς) ζωής four times. This phrase has been identified with the Genesis tree of life in the Ancient Greek translation of the Old Testament, which literally means “wood of (the) life”. According to the one-tree theory proposed by Karl Budde, in his critical research of 1883, he outlined that there was only one tree in the body of the Genesis narrative and it qualified in two ways: one as the tree in the middle of the Garden, and two as the forbidden tree.

The trees are almost always dealt with separately and not related to each other, and that “attention is almost exclusively directed to the tree of knowledge of good and evil, whereas the tree of life is paid hardly any attention.

 

The tree of life is represented in several examples of sacred geometry and is central in particular to the Kabbalah (the mystic study of the Torah), where it is represented as a diagram of ten points.

 

 

The Eastern Orthodox Church has traditionally understood the tree of life in Genesis as a prefiguration of the faith.Which humanity could not partake of until after the second coming of Jesus.

John Calvin (Commentary on Genesis 2:8), following a different thread in Augustine (City of God, xiii.20), understood the tree in sacramental language. Given that humanity cannot exist except within a covenantal relationship with God, and all covenants use symbols to give us “the attestation of his grace”, he gives the tree, “not because it could confer on man that life with which he had been previously endued, but in order that it might be a symbol and memorial of the life which he had received from God.” God often uses symbols .

The tree of life, referred to in Genesis, is the symbol of God’s provision for immortality in the Garden of Eden. Of all the trees that were in the Garden of Eden, two were named for their great importance, but just as one—the tree of life—was a blessing to Adam and Eve, the other was to become a curse for all of their posterity. “And the Lord God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground – trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food. In the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil” (Genesis2;9).

The Lord told Adam that he was free to eat the fruit of any tree in the Garden, except for the tree of the knowledge of good and evil for by doing so he would surely die (Genesis3’16). The tree of life was provided to be continuous reminder that immortality was a consequence of obedience. As long as Adam and Eve were obedient and did not eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, they had access to the tree of life. Once they sinned, they were driven from the Garden (Romans5;12).

Th bible also mentioned many verses like ” Then he showed me a river of the water of life, clear as crystal, coming from the throne of God and of the Lamb, in the middle of its street. On either side of the river was the tree of life, bearing twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit every month; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations”.

 However, there are countless ancient texts describing a mysterious place with water of magical properties offering a person immortality.
Unfortunately, its location has been eluded by all who have written or heard about it. Frequently, the motif of the Water of Life is connected with the journey to the end of the world, a special places that hard to reach.
Herodotus (484 BC to 425 BC) mentioned the fountain of youth or magical springs in his story

of the Ethiopians, when he spoke of exceptionally long life spans of people called the Macrobians (meaning long-lived), a legendary tribe of Ethiopia.
In his work ‘Histories’, about ancient traditions, geography and the Greece-Persian War’, Herodotus recounted how the king of Ethiopia, protective of his lands, scoffed at the average life span of a Persian, only 80-year-old.

Most of his people, ‘the long-lived Ethiopians lived to be a hundred and twenty years old, while some even went beyond that age.’
Herodotus’ account of such a place is considered one of the earliest known.
The fountain of youth is also mentioned in the Alexander Romances’ – chronicles of the life and travels of Alexander the Great, who conquered most of the known world before he died around 323 BC.
According to Sura 18 in the Koran (and many other ancient records), Alexander searches for the Fountain of Youth (Water of Life) but unfortunately the water looked forward to life, not backward to youth.

De Leon and his men Sailing along the coast and landing again and again, searched the jangled forests and drank the waters of endless springs.
Moreover, he accidentally ascends the Holy Mountain Oaf (in Persian “Gap” which means “Unknown”), In the Quran God mentioned Qaf  , a place, which an ‘ordinary human ought not to seek. writes Richard Stoneman in his ‘Alexander the Great: A Life in Legend’

Alexander the Great (died at the age of thirty-two) by Malaria, Alexander sought Paradise on Earth, Youth and Immortality but found nothing.Like me all these years drinking all the water in earth and now I just buy my bottle of waters from Safe way, LOL.
The natives of the Caribbean believed that a spring with magical properties existed in a mythical land called Bimini.
Juan Ponce de León, a conqueror from Spain, set off on a long expedition journey to find the Fountain of Youth, in March 1513.

Ferdinand the king of Spain at once granted Ponce de Leon a Patent of Discovery (dated February 23, 1512), authorizing an expedition from the island of Hispaniola northward. The admiralty was ordered to assist Ponce de Leon and make available to him the best ships and seamen, so that he might discover without delay the island of “Beininy” (Bimini).

But the discovery of this island was not any easy task because there’s not one island but hundreds of islands in the Bahamas.
The waters of each stream were tasted and drunk— but with no evident effects. On Easter Sunday— Pasca de Flores by its Spanish name a long coastline was sighted. Ponce de Leon called the “island” – Florida. Sailing along the coast , he and his men searched the jangled forests and drank the waters of endless springs. But none seemed to work the expected miracle.
More Indians were questioned. Some seemed unusually young for the old ages claimed by them.

Others repeated legends that confirmed the existence of the Fountain.
In 1521, Juan Ponce de León set off on yet another great voyage to search for the Fountain of Youth He became the first European who arrived in America by discovering Florida in 1513, but he did not find what he was looking for.
Instead of Eternal Youth, Ponce de Leon found death by an Indian arrow.

Indian mythology and the earliest Indian literature have many accounts of miraculous water. The great Indian epic, the Mahabharata mentions the water of immortality. The baptism uses water to purify the  body and soul , many drink holy water of zamzam that sprang from the earth for Abraham wife Hajer and her son Ishmael.Indians cleanse in the Ganges River for cleansing.


One can say that the every search for the legendary source of water with supernatural qualities continues. Although we live in an enlightened society and have Internet access to extensive knowledge, the desire to find a fountain of youth has remained a mystery Like the story of Atlantis .

So the only way to at least slow down aging process is to use anti aging products and eat healthy food, stop smoking and drinking, sleep early, less worry and less stress and hope for the best, I will keep looking for that water who knows may be one day we will find it.

Thank you for reading.

Steve Ramsey, PhD.  Calgary, Canada

1 Comment

  • Patrick says:

    Behold I make all things new.
    There is a fountain of youth (zech. 13. Job 33)
    Youthfulness is the natural state of man and the living water will restore it back.
    Buteyko breathing Method is the closest thing we have now because of Carbon “dioxide” (God inside)’ “dio” is the Italian word for God.

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