Birds on Selfsame Tree

yellow birds

“Like two golden birds perched on the

Selfsame tree,

Intimate friends, the ego and the Self

Dwell in the same body. The former eats

The sweet and sour fruits of the tree of life

While the latter looks on in detachment.


“As long as we think we are the ego,

We feel attached and fall into sorrow.

But realize that you are the Self, the Lord

Of life, and you will be freed from sorrow.

When you realize that you are the Self,

Supreme source of light, supreme source

Of love,

You transcend the duality of life

And enter into the unitive state. . .


“. . .The effulgent Self, who is beyond thoughts,

Shines in the greatest, shines in the smallest,

Shines in the farthest, shines in the nearest,

Shines in the secret chamber of the heart.”


–excerpt from Mundaka Upanishad, “Two Modes of Knowing,” Pt III.I


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