“Two birds of beautiful plumage, comrades
Inseparable, live on the selfsame tree.
One bird eats the fruit of pleasure and pain;
The other looks on without eating.”
~ The Upanishads
I stopped meditating for a while, tried it on and off again (mostly off, but now mostly on!) through the years, but the two birds imagery has stayed with me since then. I often notice two birds sitting in a tree and think of it immediately.
This powerful two birds analogy comes from The Upanishads, an ancient Sanskrit text that contains some of the central philosophical concepts and ideas of Hinduism. It refers to the two parts within ourself – our Ego vs The Divine Self(called Atman in Sanskrit).
Our human ego is partaking in the human life – feeling pleasure and pain, reacting to external stimulants of life. In contrast, The Divine Self, the soul, is part of the eternity of the universe, beyond our current temporary life.
The spiritual goal of meditation is to connect with your Divine Self. To do that, you become the second bird – watching and observing what your Ego is doing, becoming detached from the trivial day-to-day human matters that are temporary and not a big deal in the grand scheme of things.
You can find plenty of information on the two birds, meditation, the Upanishads, Atman, and more Eastern philosophy online. For now, hopefully, this brief overview explains why I decided to use the two birds imagery as part of the Ginger Sun logo.
The other big elements of the logo have to do with nature. I am currently learning to live in accordance with the ancient Indian lyfestyle system called Ayurveda, The Science of Life. This is mainly what this blog will be about!
The goal of this time-tested mind-body science is to sync yourself with nature. The more in sync you are, the healthier and happier you’ll become both physically and mentally!
One of the biggest things you can do to improve your health is to wake up in time to watch the sunrise on a daily basis. In other words, wake up with the birds! The birds are in sync with nature, watch and learn from them. Observe the natural changes as the world turns from dark to light.
Ginger – fiery like the sun.
Ayurveda recommends drinking warm Ginger water when you wake up. This jump-starts your metabolism and helps you get your bowels moving, initiating the cleansing ritual for the day ahead.
Every day, I wake up to bird songs, brush my teeth, grab ginger tea, and watch the sunrise and birds while drinking it. A real Ginger Sunrise!
I hope you join me on my journey.