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Tree Of Ego Only Produces Fruits Of Destruction

When we realize and understand our ego it marks the beginning of our spiritual progress.

The tree of ego only produces fruits of destruction. So never water it. Remove it at the earliest.

To enjoy coconut, we need to first remove the tough outer layer and then break open the hard shell. Do not shy away from difficulties. All good things are hidden deep inside.

We often only see thorns not the beautiful rose flower. It is true there are thorns everywhere but in between there are beautiful flowers too. Focus on the flowers and try to reach our destination.

Attachment is like epiphytic plants that grow on trees. They will soon drain out the tree and will destroy it or make it appear ugly and deformed. Similarly, attachment will destroy us.


A Zen Story

A rich man asked a Zen master to write something down that could encourage the prosperity of his family for years to come. It would be something that the family could cherish for generations. On a large piece of paper, the master wrote, "Father dies, son dies, grandson dies."

The rich man became angry when he saw the master's work. "I asked you to write something down that could bring happiness and prosperity to my family. Why do you give me something depressing like this?"

"If your son should die before you," the master answered, "this would bring unbearable grief to your family. If your grandson should die before your son, this also would bring great sorrow. If your family, generation after generation, disappears in the order I have described, it will be the natural course of life. This is true happiness and prosperity."