Monday, December 31, 2012
Wisdom of the Satsquirrel
The third eye chakra is believed to be the channel through which humankind opens spiritually to the Divine. The red powder known as kumkum is placed at this point to keep out negative thoughts. In this photo you can see the face of little Muffin, a sat-squirrel, resting at this chakra. His job, like the kumkum, is to keep the mind clear of negative thinking. That is one thing you can always be sure of... little squirrels never entertain any negative thoughts! (Actually they don't have any thoughts at all.)
Mr.Nut, my satsquirrel, reminds me to rest and allow everything to be as it is. In a recent satsang, Mr.Nut relayed the details of the Buddha's awakening. He said that in his feverish quest for enlightenment, the Buddha practically wore himself out with hundreds of sadhanas and austere practices. On that particular day, approximately 2500 years ago, he finally reached that place of surrender; he realized that he could not reach enlightenment by his own "doing". Tired and exhausted, he sat down under the Bodhi tree. A little satsquirrel resting on a branch just above his head, whispered to Gautama... "Just rest as the looking"!
Most people don't realize that is how the Buddha became enlightened! It was because of this direct transmission of Cosmic consciousness from the little squirrel in the Bodhi tree. Today there are literally thousands of satsquirrels working round the clock to awaken humanity!
And if you are lucky enough, a little squirrel might just bless you with wisdom when you sit under his tree!