Several months ago while I was on my walk I passed a fig tree loaded with ripening figs. Suddenly, I thought of this samsaric body of mine as being like a little purple fig hanging on the branch. Then imagining I was this little fig, I only knew the life of this little fig which would soon to ripen and drop.
Unfortunately, this little fig had forgotten that it was, actually, the fig tree and not just the fig! Moreover, this tree was connected with all the figs on the branches each in various stages of growth.
In the same way we have forgotten what gives us life, that is, what animates this biological body of ours. We take this ‘life’ too much for granted even subordinating it to the body and its often excessive needs. Let’s call this life-giving animative power the great Bodhi Tree. From it all life is given to every creature in the universe who use it to meet their biological needs. But few if any of these creatures turn to this great Bodhi Tree and by turning to this infinite source realize nirvana becoming as a result, life givers and not life users who are lost in the confusion of samsara.