"May the tree of our life Be firmly rooted in the soil of love
Let good deeds be the leaves of that tree
May words of kindness form its flowers
And may peace be its fruit"
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' In his autobiography Paramahansa Yogananda writes about the teachings of his Guru Sri Yukteswar
One day Yogananda asks Sri Yukteswar, referring to the story of Adam and Eve. Why should God punish them and their generations also?
Sri Yukteswar explains that Genesis like many scriptures is deeply symbolic and we should not take the literal meaning of the story.
In the Biblical story, the 'tree of life' represents human body. The spinal cord of a human being is like a tree upside down with roots on the top and branches going down - compare to hair as the root of the tree and various nerves in the body as branches of the tree.
The fruits mentioned are enjoyments of various senses - sight, smell, taste, sound and touch.
The 'serpent' represents the coiled-up energy at the base of the spine (also called Kundalini in Yoga philosophy).'
The spinal column and ....the nervous system is like a tree that is rooted in the brain
The doubters said, “Man can not fly,” The doers said, “Maybe, but we’ll try,” And finally soared In the morning glow While non-believers Watched from below." Bruce Lee
"Right now, and in every now-moment, you are either closing or opening. You are either stress-fully waiting for something - more money, security, affection - or you are living from your deep heart, opening as the entire moment, and giving what you most deeply desire to give, without waiting." David Deida
“Our experience of the world is relative to our perspective, The world of our experience is always changing,Therefore we must be wary of our tendency to adopt fixed or dogmatic judgements, evaluations, and standards based upon a narrow viewpoint, since this leads to conflict and frustration.”
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