The Two Worlds

The Two Worlds

jYsw supnw rYin kw qYsw sMswr ]

This world is like a dream in the night.

– Guru Granth Sahib Ji, p. 808

Now I do not know whether I was then a man dreaming I was a butterfly, or whether I am now a butterfly, dreaming I am a man. 

– Chuang Tzu

Tz’utujils Mayans in Guatemala speak of simultaneous twin realities . . . the reality of the world and the reality of spirit. These worlds are like the wings of a butterfly. They believe that beating wings must connect at the heart center for the butterfly to live. When we flutter our wings, we connect with both worlds. Life occurs because of the synchronization of the wings. Living as the butterfly is like having a foot in each world.

Inspired by the above sentiment, this pastel and pen painting reflects on the power of the word, Waheguru – vwihgurU – pronounced “Wah-hay- guroo”. Wah means Infinite, hay means Thou, and Guru means Higher Self, or the Divine Teacher within you.

As our consciousness unfolds with the cultivation  of a mantra, we learn to live in both worlds simultaneously. We are spirit, but we are also human, and the challenge for us in this lifetime is to appreciate and have allowance for both worlds at the same time. We are at the center of the butterfly. We are letting go of the duality. In this center, there is no movement . . . only stillness.

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One comment

  • Kirandeep K Jaswal

    This is a stunning picture, the butterfly is very symbolic for my family. I absolutely love the meaning behind it.

    April 23, 2017

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