Theravada monk blogs about Buddhist philosophy and other random things.
I think that ladder was the one used to build the bodhi kuti. As such it would naturally have been imbued with all the cyclic powers emanating from the advanced carpenterial practitioners as they mindfully placed their foot on each rung - "lifting, placing, standing, rising." With each step of ascension into a higher plane the ladder would act as a ground spike, retaining the energy from that realm. It seems quite reasonable therefore to see such a ladder maintaining an upright position.
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