“Two little birds, linked by mutual friendly bonds, reside in the selfsame tree; one of them is engrossed in the enjoyment of sweet fruit, while the other merely looks on with perfect serenity.” This verse is found in the Svetasvatara Upanishad, the Mundaka Upanishad and in the Rig Veda. The two little birds residing in the “selfsame” tree are symbols of our own dual nature: our sense identified limited self-consciousness, and our soul identified infinite Self-consciousness. Our spiritual journey may aptly be defined as the gradual sublimation of our finite self-consciousness into our infinite Self-consciousness.
On the sea of life we must often cross the stormy waters of undulating waves. What is our course relative to the winds of change? How do we move forth with unfurled sails in the direction of freedom and perfection? With what consciousness do we stand at the helm?
Let us try to get to the heart of the matter—why do we hold so tightly to things, to emotions, to desires? Sometimes it seems impossible to loosen our grip. Our attachments are so strong, they overpower us. We become lost in the trappings of our own mind and body. How do we free ourselves?
Think of all the ways we attempt get to the purest essence—to the indispensable quality that determines the true state, to that substance without which it would not exist. That is our path of self-dedication, self-purification and self-realization.