If we take a deodar tree--the highest and most powerful--how many marks we find on the trunk of former branches which have fallen away. This did not weaken the deodar; on the contrary, the places where these branches fell off became the strongest; even steel will break against them.
No Teaching is terrified at those who fall away. It knows that the lower branches must fall aside. Thus, those which fall away, carried by the wind, may fulfill their designation. They may even generate new deodars. And in any case, their resin will be curative.
Later, when set together to support the corner of a house, they will join unitedly in hearing the general stress. Therefore, do not be terrified of those who fall away. They cannot go far from the resin of the heart.
And if you observe the mass of crossroads from above, you will even smile at the travelers who meet. When the length of the infinite path is realized you will also apply different measure. Wandering is not terrifying--immobility alone is chilling.
From HEART #236, M. Morya, 1932
Of note: My photographer sister, Marie, has such a great eye, especially at sunset. This pictured tree is in her neighborhood and a magnificent stand-in for the tree mentioned above. For the record, a deodar tree is an East Indian Cedar, and the Sanskrit word literally means timber of the gods. It is known for its curative powers.