April 16, 2018
Spring is here! The trees shed their burdensome foliage for the winter and had apparently withdrawn their life-force into their roots. They know the actual timing of the arrival of spring; they do not need either a calendar or a weather bureau. It is a joy to watch the little shoots, the myriad little buds that proclaim the sanctity and the glory of life.
Nothing can destroy life; and the trees know this. When a cyclone strikes, trees shed their leaves or even some branches. They drop their burdens. Have you seen how quickly the gardens begin to smile again? They do not continue to bemoan the past. They are free of hope and the accompanying fear; free of memory and the accompanying despair.
All these (the hope, the fear, etc.) are dreadful burdens. Shedding them is enlightenment: lightening, one's burden. Enlightenment has nothing to do with seeing lights and visions which are at best "encouraging signs of divine grace" in the words of Gurudev Swami Sivananda.