• Prabha Srinivasan

How do you birth a tree?

There are moments in life when we look back and think, 'how on earth did I do that?'

While at the time we may not realise we are birthing something huge and profound, it becomes obvious after the process. Enlightenment is also one such thing.

During the birthing phase, it may seem confusing, doubtful and pointless. In the Yoga Sutras, Patanjali mentions doubt as one of the major obstacles on the path to enlightenment.

Sutra 1.30 Those obstacles are disturbances in the mind namely disease, dullness, doubt, materialistic obsession, idleness, craving, false perception, instability, inconsistency.

When we consider the goal of enlightenment, it may seem vague and out of reach. We may question our progress and wonder if we will ever achieve our goal. We may hit brick walls here and there making us question our practise. We may also encounter minor breakthroughs that fuel our enthusiasm. How do we stay on track? Here is my take.

Q: How do you birth a tree?
A: You don't birth a tree. You birth a seed and nurture it until it becomes a tree.





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