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Timeless Leadership: 18 Leadership Sutras from the Bhagavad Gita by Debashis Chatterjee

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SUTRA 15

TIMELESS LEADERS DISCOVER THEIR INVISIBLE SOURCE

The Tree of Life

Krishna unveils before Arjuna the timeless code of human nature in both its manifest and unmanifest forms. He describes the journey of human life with the help of an inverted tree that has its roots above and its branches below. The roots point toward the invisible causal forces that create the field of manifestation of human nature like the leaves and branches of a tree. The physical form of a human being and all that he or she does in the material universe comes from the workshop of the invisible. Timeless leaders see that behind the perishable forms of Nature there is the imperishable unity of life that sustains Nature. The tree of life that Krishna talks about is sustained by the evolutionary energy of Nature that moves through the roots and feeds the trunk, the branches, and the leaves of the tree. This energy comes from the Self, which unites all of life in an integrated web of being.

THE TREE OF LIFE

Krishna said to Arjuna that the one who grasps this timeless secret will become enlightened and fulfil his mission of life:

The imperishable tree of life has its roots above, its branches below, and its leaves are its expressions of knowledge. Those who know this, know the whole truth.

(15.1)

The tree of life that Krishna depicts to Arjuna is a reversal of the tree that we see with our ordinary senses. How often do we think of the roots of a tree when we see one by the roadside? Yet the roots hold in ...

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