Two Little Birds

“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.