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.


WHO AM I, REALLY? The simplest way to know who you are is to find out who you are not. Almost everyone takes oneself to be the body-mind complex. It is quite natural (naisargika) and necessary for functioning in the world (loka-vyavahāra). When someone asks you who... read more


TEACHER/GURU: THE EMBODIMENT OF SUPREME COMPASSION: *परम करुणानुना गुरुणा* This is how Ādi Śaṅkara defines a teacher, a Guru: परम करुणानुना गुरुणा That s/he is the very embodiment of supreme compassion. That is the only raison d’être that a teacher teaches.... read more


VEDĀNTA 101 Vedānta says, सर्वं खल्विदं ब्रह्म sarvaṁ khalvidaṁ brahma – All of this is Brahman – Chāndogya Upaniṣad 3.14.1. All this multiplicity, diversity is but Brahman only. Brahman is one, without a second. एकमेवाद्वितीयम् ब्रह्म ekamevādvitīyam... read more

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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.