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  • Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

The Tree – A Silent Speaker

Learn the art of conversion and the whole world will become

a means of spiritual food for you.

Everyone likes a house surrounded by green trees.

Verdant foliage beautifies our world. It is this idea

that has brought farmhouses – houses in gardens – into


But it is difficult to find anyone who is able to listen

to the silent message of the trees or who tries to adopt

the culture of the tree in his own life. The culture of

planting trees is widespread but adopting the culture of

the tree is seldom in evidence. Trees beautify our homes

but they do not beautify the person living in that house.

A tree lives in the same world as the one in which

we live. But, there is a difference. People’s lives are

marred by tension, malice, hate and violence, whereas

all these negative features are totally missing from the

tree culture. Man is like a walking tree, but he fails to

follow the culture of the tree in his own life. Trees share

our world. But while, for man, this world has become

a source of complaint, hate and stress, this same world

has a different meaning for a tree. The beauty we see in

the tree has come from this very world – it has not been

imported by it from outer space. How was this possible

for the tree? The reason is that the tree, by nature, has

adopted the art of conversion: converting things to

one’s own advantage.

What does the tree do? It takes minerals and water

from the soil and converts them into food for itself.

The tree, through the process of photosynthesis, takes

light energy from the sun and converts it into chemical

energy, which is then used to fuel its activities.

This is the result of the art of conversion. In doing

so, every tree gives a silent message to man: Learn the

art of conversion and the whole world will become a

means of spiritual food for you. Make the whole world a

global source of your personality development. You will

be able to live in this world as a complaint-free person.

For example, if someone says something that goes

against what you think, then turn it into a point for

discussion. If somebody speaks ill of you, then make

that a source of self-discovery. If you are discriminated

against, then draw the lesson from this instance that

you need to develop in yourself that missing quality on

the basis of which you have been discriminated against.

If someone provokes you, you should defuse the issue

through unilateral avoidance. If someone makes you

angry, you should calm yourself down by forgiving him.

If a person differs from your point of view, then enter

into a discussion with him and thus increase your own

intellectual development.

There is a story which tells us that once someone

hit Ram with a stone. In return Ram embraced the

person and in this way he made the throwing of a stone

a means to inculcate in him a positive quality, that is,

love for humanity.

This story teaches us a lesson on how to adopt the

culture of the tree in one’s own life. If you throw a stone

at a tree, it will give you a fruit in return. This is the

highest kind of positive behavior. By adopting this

positive behavior, you can make the whole world turn

in your favor, just as the tree does.

Everyone is free. This free culture has filled the world

with differences. It is these differences that lead to

negative thoughts about others. Then what is the art of

living in such a situation? It is in some way or the other

to convert every difference into something positive

which will be in your favor.

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