The Tree, The Yogi and The Child

“Even when you get your Realisation (when Kundalini energy is awakened and reaches the Crown Chakra), you are sometimes in a growing stage up to a point. Like you’re nourished by the Mother Earth all the time but you’re not aware of it. In the same way the womb of Sahaja Yoga nourishes you to grow up into beautiful beings.Still you have to come up to a point when it has to click in such a way that you start feeling the awareness of that unbounding love… That happens to everyone I said, but it happens more to people who try to be in the centre and don’t go on ego trips.

Some Sahaja Yogis I’ve know have been boasting that: ‘I’m the one who is going to …  and I’m this and I’m that… I’m a separate person and Mother is specially selecting me.’ Anyone who thinks like that is no more a Sahaja Yogi.

It’s like he is holding onto a tree and thinking that by holding onto one leaf he is going to dominate the whole tree. Such a person will just have that little leaf in his hand which will also die out after some time.”

“You have to run in the way of the roots, of the branches, of the leaves, of the flowers and of the fruits. You have to be the essence of the tree that nourishes and not just the outward leaves with wrong ideas about yourself. And the people who are limited by their small personal problems also must know that they will have the same fate in Sahaja Yoga.

Put the problems of the tree always ahead of the problem of a leaf.”

“Now it is high time to jump from that little area to the vast area which has no bounds. And once that happens you will be surprised all these petty little problems will drop out in the ocean of greatness. Don’t indulge into them, and leave them in the hands of the tree. So that all your small petty problems will be looked after by that nourishing force. Because you belong to a Tree of great wisdom, tree of great sustenance and religion, and tree of great mastery, the mastery that you can never know how great it is. You belong to a Tree that has complete security for you, and you belong to a very great tree which gives you complete witnessing of the drama, and which gives you understanding that the Whole is a part and parcel of you, and you are part and parcel of the Whole.

So you belong to the Great Ocean of Love and Generosity. So this Great Tree of Life has everything integrated within itself. This is the tree of life that has been described in the Bible, the Tree of Fire they call it.”

Now, you have become One with it. You are blessed by it. You are loved by it. You are gently guided by it. It’s so gentle that you do not even feel the guidance-like a leaf when it fails on the ground it doesn’t make any sound. Try to become identified with that power- that is what you are. Like the meaning of the word, is identified with the word, like the moonlight is identified with , moon, sunlight is identified with the sun. Let that identification be that oneness, that integration so that you become the light of God’s love, that people know God through integration, so that you become the light of God’s love, that people know God through your depths and your fruits. It is the most fulfilling job, highest paid in every way, the most satisfying, energy giving and dynamic.

You don’t have to give up anything, just be organised in the Light of your Spirit yourself.”

All the above are excerpts from the advices offered by Shri Mataji – the founder of Sahaja Yoga Meditation – to sahaja yoga practitioners, in Switzerland, 1983.

This article is a sincere dedication to anyone that ever had felt a connection with, or an inclination towards trees.. For sure it happened to many of us, when being in nature, to feel like embracing a tree and as Shri Mataji was saying above, to run in the way of the roots, of the branches, of the leaves and try to live the essence of that tree.. For sure we’ve seen children doing this, naturally, spontaneously, without any thinking or purpose.. We all had this fascination for the miracle of a seed’s becoming into a tree. Why not for the one that we are already carrying within .. or we should say .. that in such a subtle way, is supporting our being..  with a graceful power. During the silence of our sahaja yoga meditation practise, one may clearly experience the becoming happening within, as a developing tree nurtured by the most potent and loving sap, Kundalini energy. And really, let’s confess, we all feel like little children when we are around powerful majestic trees. On the other hand, as adults there is this sense of responsibility growing from within that we should be capable to offer the needed shelter and support, at least to our children, becoming the reliable strong trees in their lives..

33 Responses to “The Tree, The Yogi and The Child”

  1. Shivani says:

    Loved this submission – very very much – and the photographs (esp. of the willow tree) also look so beautiful! 🙂

    Thanks.

  2. armaity bhabha says:

    I would like to share 3 of my poems which have a bearing on this wonderful subtle subject which you have so lovingly touched upon.
    ——————————————–

    Oh Mother, of what multicolored hue
    is the flower that has bloomed
    in the soil of my heart,
    to lend its color to the entire part.
    The seed of ‘shraddha’
    that Thou sowed in it,
    soon sprouted and seeking Thy light
    blossomed into a tree
    with its branches upright.

    ——————————————–
    The day I planted my little seed
    at Thy Lotus Feet, oh Mother,
    under Thy divine light and love
    with the cool sprinkling
    of Thy sweet waters;
    it burst open out of its shell
    and leaped to form a green plumule
    quivering with joy of pure life.
    How it grew from a dot of existence
    into a tender sapling and therefrom
    into a mighty tree
    was outside my purview.
    It was only when I found myself
    under its all-compassing shelter that I realized its true stature !
    ——————————————–

    There stood two mighty trees side by side
    the ‘peepal’ and the ‘gulmohor’
    entwined with all their beauty bright.
    Their branches interweaved
    and their leaves intermingled
    both reaching out to the eternal light.
    Let’s learn a lesson from these beigs mute
    how in perfect harmony
    one gets to hear a lute!!

  3. Ronald says:

    Thank you for posting this.

  4. chandra says:

    Very thought provoking. Has to read twice to understand HER real message. Thank you for your selection.

  5. Manga says:

    Its a beautiful talk of MOther. Thank you for sharing. I really enjoyed the colours and pictures.

  6. Mhin Umlas says:

    Its a good sharing, something that you have to fulfill good things on earth while you live so that when things gone people will remember your good things done…I LOVE YOU MOTHER….

  7. Ashwani sehgal says:

    Beautifull, full of love & vibration.Thanks

  8. adrian says:

    The Tree of Life… is the Treasure within… there is no need to look for alchemy to transform externals into riches… just go to the wisdom of the Tree… it is already connected.

    • adrian says:

      The threads of the invisible aspect of the tree are intertwined into the fabric of the life we wish to experience from within. This is in full color always… so enjoy.

  9. Liz says:

    I LOVE Trees.
    Thank you for posting this!

  10. abhay says:

    AS SAID ABOVE THAT WE MUST READ IT TWICE BUT I THINK WE MUST READ EACH LINE COUPLE OF TIMES TO UNDERSTNAD THE REAL DEPTH OF MOTHER’S WORDS. EACH WORD HAS GOT A DEEP MEANING AND MANY ANSWERS ARE HIDING IN HER WORDS …..SO…

    • adrian says:

      That is what it means to be “self reponsible”.

      • adrian kraayeveld says:

        The child requires parental “shelter and support”!

        Yes…

        However, in order to grow like the tree… there is a deeper meaning, not only hidden in the tree… also in the words of Shri Mataji!

        The word support…
        for the growing child…

        may simply mean…
        to be free of “neediness” and “having imagination stifled”!

        Then a wondrous growth occurs.

  11. Helen says:

    Beautiful pictures and the explanation is filled with loving love. Thank you

  12. Debbie says:

    Wow – the beauty of nature that’s all around us which we take for granted. Yes, these beautiful, strong, vibrant trees started with a seed – imagine that. How magnificent is Mother Nature. In the same way and through Sahaja Yoga, we can evolve, we can plant our seed and grow strong roots and develop into majestic, pure, beautiful human beings. After seeing this posting, I feel a strong urge to meditate right now and so it shall be.

    Lots of love always.

  13. Özlem Gibeau says:

    Amazing pictures.Thanks for sharing,
    Lots of love ,
    Özlem

  14. Ayesha says:

    I feel the same way as debbie said and want to grow within and be part&parcel of this beautiful tree of life,this article is very deep,need to be understand by many times reading it.

  15. adrian says:

    So simple…

    So many branches to explore…

    And they are all growing constantly…

    Yet they are All One…

    From the Seed.

    Beautiful

  16. sima says:

    I loved it.

  17. Antoinette Wells says:

    So much amazing work has gone into this blog to transmit this pure knowledge! The knowledge or the roots, the knowledge of the Tree. Thank you again Iona for your beautiful compilation! and the well chosen pictures to accompany it!

  18. Sudershan says:

    Beautiful .

  19. Donna says:

    Absolutely beautiful, thank you so very much for sharing.

  20. vijaya says:

    viji just desires to hold onto the Eternal Tree…..NOT the leaf….great awe inspiring talk by our Mother.

    Joy giving beautiful pictures of Mother Nature bursting with colors so soothing. Thank you Ioana.

    Eternally grateful to You Ma…the Mother of the universe.

  21. Dear Sahajee,
    Jai Shree Mataji
    We are leading organization work on environment protection & preserve natural resources in India. we are very happy to see
    this mind blowing nature photos we try to load these photos on our website which can be displayed all over the world for all nature lovers Thanks once again for such a beautiful photos. If you permit us for displaying this all photos on our website, we will be thankful.we are waiting for reply. With regards
    SATISH THAKARE MUMBAI, INDIA

    • Ioana says:

      Dear Satish, please make a link to our website for the photos that you want to use as the original source. Thank you in advance.

  22. shey says:

    how lucky are we yogis to know what this bright tree is very beautiful thanks.

  23. Colleen says:

    Love this analogy of Sahaja Yoga and ourselves *as the tree*, the tree of life, the tree of fire, amazing. All trees in a forest are connected by their root system, very inspiring. Beautiful pictures, thank you.

    • adrian kraayeveld says:

      And…
      The wisdom of the tree…
      Shows its courage…
      And initiative…
      In standing…
      Tall…
      And free…

      To be with “The Light”.

  24. cheryl says:

    Such words of wisdom, an analogy easily understood by all who can appreciate nature and therefore so powerful. A picture is worth a thousand words and when graced with these appropriately selected quotes from Shri Mataji, Truth emerges like leaves in spring! Thank you for this wonderful article guiding us to inner growth and connection, with trees, with nature, with Spirit, with the Whole that is God in all His glory, and at the same time to the recognition and expression of our true and higher selves.
    A special thank you to Armaity for sharing poetry so beautiful and reverberating. And also to Adrian for same “So simple… So many branches to explore… And they are all growing constantly… Yet they are All One… From the Seed. Beautiful”

  25. Elsie Kuly says:

    This article resonated deeply within me. I knew when I came to the Sahaja Yoga group looking for peace and love within myself that I had found something very special. the words of Shri Mataji -I belong to the Great Oceean of Love and Generosity I found it there in the group of beautiful people. The bible refers to it as the Tree of Fire.
    Although I cannot come to meetings regularly because of my health issues and those of an ill husband I feel the contact strongly from the e-mail that is sent to me.I continue to meditate. I have in my life now two great nephews who have lost their mother and their father Although they are older they turn to me and I have been given this gift – to love and care for them and they give their love in return. Ilove trees – all kinds and need to live ain a community where there are many trees. with love and thanks to you all

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