The Tree of Knowledge

Baobab Tree

The Baobab tree on the African savannah is majestic, imposing, and one of the oldest of living things found on our beautiful planet.   Often thriving for more than two thousand years it can provide shelter, fruit, and water for lucky inhabitants.  Its cork-like bark is fire resistant and its leaves often used for medicinal purposes.  It has large white flowers that bloom only for a day.  The trees branches stretch upward into the sky and when bare look more like roots; hence the term “the upside down tree.”  

Let’s use an analogy for today’s discussion.  

The trunk of the tree represents absolute-pure-knowledge while the many boughs (arms), branches and twigs represent knowledge expressed in the realm of difference (time and space).  

For example, one large bough can represent the sciences with multiple smaller branches representing biology, geology, and astronomy.  Each branch subdivides into smaller twigs.  The Biology branch subdivides into multiple offshoots of anatomy, botany, ecology, entomology, genetics, oceanography, paleontology, and other twigs.  The Geology branch subdivides into multiple offshoots of earth science, geologic materials, glaciology, petrology, plate tectonics, and other twigs.  The Astronomy branch subdivides into multiple offshoots for celestial mechanics, cosmology, exoplanets, galactic, planetary science, stellar interiors and other twigs.

Another large bough represents religion, with many smaller branches representing Judaism, Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, and others.  

And so the tree of knowledge grows.  It’s strong trunk supporting multiple disciplines. 

Schools and universities today offer a huge variety of subjects for study.  We can major in one particular area and become very specialized.  But the deeper we dive and learn about any one topic, the more we realize that we have hardly scratched the surface.   The more we learn the more we recognize that there is more that we don’t know.  Knowledge often provokes more questions than answers.  It seems that the field of ignorance expands faster than the field of our understanding. 

For human beings the field of pure-knowledge can be found at the source of thought, as pure consciousness.   That is consciousness – being and awareness of itself, unmanifest and undifferentiated.  Through the regular practice of meditation this field of inner wakefulness becomes clearer and integrates into our daily lives.  

In today’s busy world of cell phones, blackberry’s, TV’s and conferences, we often try to do more than one thing at a time.  Multitasking is the current sound bite.  But researchers have found that we can’t really do more than one thing at a time.  When we “multitask” we are actually shifting our attention to one item, working on it, and then shifting our attention to another item.  By bouncing back and forth we may give the impression that we are doing more than one thing at a time, but the mind is single threaded.  

The field of expressed knowledge is enormous and grows every day.  It’s not possible for a human being to learn all that can be known.  However, by unfolding pure consciousness, which is “the home of all knowledge,” we can gain and become that essence.  Consciousness is the unmanifest and timeless value of knowledge. 

Unfold your full potential and experience that wonderful state of existence consciousness bliss.

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