Is the Tree Holding Me Captive, Or am I Holding on to the Tree?

One day during his teenage years, my meditation master, Swami Rama of the Himalyas asked his Guru Bengali Baba, to remove his youthful misunderstandings about the nature and power of maya. Wishing to teach by demonstration, Bengali Baba simply replied, “Tomorrow morning I will show you what maya is.”

So excited by the prospect that he would finally be able to remove the “golden disk” and see through the illusion of maya, the young student found himself unable to sleep or meditate that night. Early next morning, as the two walked along the Ganges, Bengali Baba suddenly ran from the boy’s […]