The Selfsame Tree

Anonymous, India, Gujarat, probably Surat – Philadelphia Art Museum 1994-148-470. India public Domain via wikimedia


Two birds,

fast-bound companions, sit.

This one enjoys the ripened fruit,

The other looks, but does not eat.

On such a tree my spirit crouched,

Deluded by its powerlessness,

Till seeing with joy how great its Lord,

It found from sorrow swift release.”


Shvetashvatara Upanishad, The Thirteen Prin­cipal Upanishads