Even a three year-old child knows the difference between growth and transformation. No child will look at a flower and say, “Oh, look at the big seed!” Nor would anyone look at an oak tree and say, “Wow, lookThe seed of God is in us. Given an intelligent and hard-working farmer, it will thrive and grow up to God, whose seed it is; and accordingly its fruits will be God-nature. Pear seeds grow into pear trees, nut seeds into nut trees, and a God seed into God.
– MEISTER ECKHART
The seed of goodness and creativity is in everyone. This seed does not need to be planted on a particular date, for it is already within us. It is indestructible. In the depths of the Dakota winter, this seed, the God-seed, can thrive; in the heat of Death Valley it can still flourish. No matter what our past has been, no matter how many mistakes we have made, the God-seed is still intact.
When at last we begin to search for it, we discover it is covered with weeds – weeds of fear and anger, giant thistles of greed. We shouldn’t feel discouraged. Once we cease to water them, the weeds begin to wither and droop, and finally they fall to enrich the soil where the God-seed is growing. This God-seed within us will grow into a God-tree of love and service if we nurture it carefully.
– Eknath Easwaran