Protecting The Sapling

"When we plant a young tree sapling, we need to protect it from the various dangers to its safe survival. One danger is the lack of water. We need to see that it is watered frequently, until it is able to establish its roots deeply into the earth, insuring for itself a steady supply of water, regardless of external conditions.
In the same way we need to protect our newborn spiritual self from drying up because of a lack of spiritual sustenance. We can do this by keeping company with spiritually oriented persons through seminars and group gatherings for such purposes.We can also water our inner spiritual sapling through daily prayer, meditation and reading of spiritual texts etc.
Another danger is that passing goats might eat it. Thus we must erect a temporary fence around the sapling, preventing the goats from eating its tender leaves and shoots.Eventually, however, when the tree has grown larger and its leaves have risen above the level which the goats can reach, we can remove the fence without fear of there being any harm to the tree.Now the tree is not only no longer vulnerable, but it can offer protection to the goats from the hot sun or the rain or snow. The goats now benefit from the tree.
In the same way we must, in the beginning of our spiritual growth process, protect ourselves from company and contacts with people who are not spiritually oriented, so that we can have the opportunity to develop our inner faith and discipline.By avoiding those who are negative towards spiritual values, and keeping company with those who embrace those values, we gradually strengthen our spiritual sapling into a full-grown tree, which no longer needs any such protection.
Now, we can have contact with all types of negative influences without loosing our center. Now, like the large tree, we can offer comfort, love and wisdom even to those who previously would have caused us to loose our spiritual center.
We need to determine whether we are saplings or trees and act accordingly."( Source Internet)
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28 comments:

  1. This is SO true, Surjit. If we don't have strong trees, we'll get "carried away by the winds" easily. :-))))

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  2. True with any new direction we choose to move in.

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  3. Thanks Amel's Realm, for sharing your insights.
    God bless.

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  4. Thanks Loving Annie for sharing your valuable views.
    God bless.

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  5. Hi Surjit,

    I like this a lot!

    It speaks of nurturing, protecting, feeding, and nourishing our souls... I sense much of the world is forgetting to protect and care for the spiritual self.

    Thank you for this beautiful metaphore!

    Love and peace to you my friend,

    Jen

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  6. Hi Jennifer,
    I fully agree with your noble thoughts:
    ...'much of the world is forgetting to protect and care for the spiritual self..'
    And we all need to pay our attention towards:
    ...'nurturing, protecting, feeding, and nourishing our souls...
    Thanks for adding your insights to my post making it more meaningful.
    God bless.

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  7. Surjit, yes, in the beginning of our spiritual growth we must surrounding our selves with the one who has the same spiritual oriented.

    But after that, we have to let our selves mingle with others who have different oriented. Or in other words, we must have let our selves to go out and watered our faith and spiritual experience with our real day to day experience.

    Because it is the only way to test our faith and spiritual life, be in the middle of thunder, rain, snow, sun, and wind ...

    The lesson of life actually is the best way to nurturing our soul.

    Have a good week end Surjit..God Bless You in these Christmas Season

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  8. Surjit,

    Very true. Even on the path of Spiritual Exploration, at times when one is feeling innerly weak, I should think avoiding such "negative factors" can be quite a wise thing to do!

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  9. surjit,
    we are given the tree--it is up to us what we do with this tree,what form it is going to take , what fruit it bears and most of all whether it flourishes or dies.
    we not only have the responsibility for our own tree but we are the guardians of the whole forest--a loss of one tree in the forest is a loss to the whole forest.
    thank you for your posting

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  10. Thanks Tere616, for sharing your valuable thoughts.I really appreciate your meaningful participation.
    God bless.

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  11. Hi Karen,
    I fully agree with your views. ..."negative factors"on the path of Spiritual Exploration..' have to be overcome with our strong will in order to achieve our goals.
    Thanks for adding your insights.
    God bless.

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  12. Thanks Derick for adding your valuable views:
    ...'a loss of one tree in the forest is a loss to the whole forest...'
    I fully appreciate your meaningful participation.
    God bless.

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  13. Hi Surjit,

    We all do need protection in our daily walk. "Evil company corrupts good habits." Being always mindful of God's words can help us to discern between right and wrong.

    "For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart." - (Hebrews 4:12)

    Blessings to you, Surjit.
    Let's Acquire Wisdom and Live with Passion

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  14. Hi Sam
    Thanks for adding universal truth to my post:
    "For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart." - (Hebrews 4:12)
    You are really a great source of inspiration for me.
    God bless.

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  15. Surjit, where do you find your amazing insight--has to be of God, I think. This is truth and in my walk, I find I am strong enough to be 'Following Jesus, Finding Friends' and not worry that I will not return.

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  16. Thanks Stacey, for encouraging words and sharing your noble views.
    God bless.

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  17. Surjit Ji .. I accidently stumbled on your blog..and I am glad I did .. Immensly enjoyed the wisdom and insight of your thoughts .. i plan to take some time in coming days and read your old posts ...
    Regards,

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  18. You are welcome Dipti Ji. I am glad that you have liked my simple blog.Thanks for your encouraging words.
    God bless.

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  19. hi surjit i really missed your blog alot ....i ve been very busy ...we really need to protect ourselves from people who are spiritually oriented these days coz every step we take forward they will intend to let us go 10 stepa backwards i mean they will stop us to be better us and grow in success

    really missed the inspiring posts on here

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  20. Welcome and thanks Lilifxt, for sharing your insights.I admire your noble views.
    God bless.

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  21. Yes, I agree with that great post a lot. It is all so crucial to bear in mind that we shield our spiritual lives until blossom. Hari Krishna!
    Bhakta
    http://chakra-centers-heal.blogspot.com

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  22. Thanks Bhakta, for adding your insights to my post making more meaningful:
    ..'It is all so crucial to bear in mind that we shield our spiritual lives until blossom...'
    God bless.

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  23. A very apt comparison of the spiritual growth with that of the growth of a sapling. For the development of our inner self and our soul we must protect ourselves from various external dangers that obstruct our path of self-realization.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  24. Amrit bir Kaur Ji, I fully agree with your insights:
    ...For the development of our inner self and our soul we must protect ourselves from various external dangers that obstruct our path of self-realization...'
    Thanks for sharing your wisdom.
    God bless.

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  25. Dearest Surjit ji,
    Loved your post immensely!! It describes the various stages of our spiritual growth so beautifully :))
    Its food for the soul for all those spiritual aspirants like us to follow whatever you have stated in this lovely post! And truly,our character is shaped by the company we keep!
    Sending you my heartfelt prayers and lots of love :)

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  26. Thank you so much Krishna Ji, for your good wishes and sharing your
    insights.You are a noble soul.
    God bless you and your family.

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