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KRSNA AND LIVING ENTITY SEATED ON THE TREE OF THE BODY

KRSNA AND LIVING ENTITY SEATED ON THE TREE OF THE BODY

2.22 PURPORT
...The Vedas, such as The Mundaka Upanishad, as well as The Svetasvataro Upanishad, confirm this concept of two kinds of souls by comparing them to two friendly birds sitting on the same tree. One of the birds (the individual atomic soul) is eating the fruit of the tree, and the other bird is simply watching his friend. Of these two birds-although they are the same in quality-one is captivated by the fruits of the material tree, while the other is simply witnessing his activities. Krishna is the witnessing bird, and Arjuna is the eating bird. Although they are friends, one is still the master and the other is the servant. Forgetfulness of this relationship by the atomic soul is the cause of one's changing his position from one tree to another, or from one body to another. The Jiva soul is struggling very hard on the tree of the material body, but as soon as he agrees to accept the other bird as the Supreme Spiritual Master-as Arjuna has agreed to do by voluntary surrender unto Krishna for instruction-the subordinate bird immediately becomes free from all lamentations. Both The Katha Upanishad and The Svetasvataro Upanishad confirm this statement.

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