"The very first step in understanding what this is all about is giving up the concept of an active, volitional 'I' as a separate entity and accepting the passive role of perceiving and functioning as a process." - Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

Thursday, March 31, 2011

The Story Of Two Birds

Two birds are sitting on a tree. The first bird is sitting on a higher branch in a serene and peaceful manner. The second bird is sitting on the lower branch and it is busy in tasting and enjoying the fruits. Accidentally, the second bird ate a bitter fruit. It felt disgusted and looked around. It saw the first bird and wondered at the calm nature of the first bird. Never mind. Again the second bird became busy in eating the fruits. Once more it ate a very bitter fruit and it felt miserable. This time it decided to go near the first bird to know the secret of its tranquil nature. As the second bird started flying near the first bird a surprise thing happened.

The second bird discovered the fact that it is nothing but the shadow of the first bird. It was never as solid as it thought of. The first bird is the true and the real nature of the second bird. All the time the second bird was the part and parcel of the first bird only. In ignorance the second bird identified itself as separate from the first bird. Joyfully, the shadow of the second bird melted away in the majestic light of the first bird.

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