A BLOG ABOUT
FULFILLMENT AND AWAKENING
Discovering the Truth of our Existence
Who Am I?
“I am” is an obvious fact. “Who am I” is a discovery. How so? Even if we have eyes, we still need a mirror to see our face. Vedānta—the science of truth about our existence—acts as a mirror to reveal “who am I.” It says you are not the limited ‘body-mind-senses’ complex you take yourself to be. You are limitless Consciousness. It is a fact that all sorrow is born of some sense of limitation—physical or psychological. Ultimately, all becoming involves a desire to be free from limitations. Reclaim your true status—as limitless Consciousness—and be free.
This is the vision of Vedānta: You are already what you are seeking. Know yourself and be fulfilled.
Conversations with a Tree
~ Satinder Dhiman, Ph.D. Ed.D.
January 11, 2013
Today during morning walk, I paused near a wise old tree; It greeted me, as always, gently; Unassumingly with an inviting look!
I have heard it whisper, as I pass by it, everyday: “I produce oxygen; What do you?”
Today, there was urgency in its voice, As if it had lots of questions for me That needed to be addressed; As a matter of life and death!
Still kind in its manner, Gentle in its demeanor; Solemn in its voice, The tree continued….
Rain or sunshine, Extreme cold or hot; I bear my lot, patiently; Without complaining or comparing! Do you?
By way of my own care and concern, I need very little on a daily basis. Always making sure to contribute, More than I consume. Do you?
I offer my gifts of shade and shelter, Anonymously and generously; And my fruits and flowers, To all and sundry, selflessly! Do you?
I am content in being the way I am, Without needing to compare or compete; To outshine or be better than the next tree; In the mindless race called success! How about you?
I abide placidly in the Present; Without brooding over the past, Or pining for the future; Living fully in the Now, authentically! Do you?
On yearly basis at least, I renew myself: Letting go of the old leaves; To make room for the new ones! Do you?
I do not hate my fellow trees, Nor do I destroy my own kind. Merely because they are different, Or hold a different viewpoint! How about you?
My virtues are: Patience, Generosity, Acceptance, Forbearance, Caring, Compassion, Contribution, Usefulness, Selflessness, Sustainability, Self-renewal! What are yours?
With my drab, rough exterior, I stay nimble and pliant inside. Always ready to adapt and to cater: Whatever circumstances transpire! Do you?
I genuinely hold my head high, Upright in my humility and gratitude; Always glorifying my Creator, By serving selflessly Its Creation! Do you?
In life and in death, I stay valuable, making sure that Every part of me is somehow useful, For the sake of others! How about you?
My leaves, my stem, My roots, my bark; All parts of the Divine Exchange, You humans call Eco-System. How about yours?
Even when I die, I am of service to you; As firewood to keep your house warm, And to cook your supreme meal! Do you?
Above all, I have the Virtue of Eternal Silence, And never get bored with my own existence! How about you?
As I listened to this wise old tree, I kept wondering: What have I done to the Garden Entrusted to my care?!
~ Satinder Dhiman, Ph.D.; Ed.D. January 11, 2013.