This Leaf Is a Window into Eternity

I was taking a walk this morning and came across this leaf.

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But you see, it’s not just a leaf. It’s a window into our world. And into eternity.

The leaf is diverse and complex—note the colors and boundary. It’s also homogenous—every part of it is a leaf.

It’s asymmetrical, while its symmetry is impossible to miss.

It’s sharp, and also curved and smooth.

It has a past, present, and future. All are seen with one glance.

It has a stem, where it once connected to a larger organism. It is still connected to something deeper, when viewed with a subtle eye.

This leaf is a symbol, a window into our world. Look closely and you will see the whole world drawn as this leaf. So it is for every object, each a portal. Now look more closely, softly, crossing the boundary. Eternity.

Eternity reveals itself as particulars. Every object is a particular—a leaf, a droplet, even a sock. Investigate any object and you will discover there is no end to its depth. One can specialize in any field for any length of time and still never reach its ends.

Some may say I am speaking metaphorically. They are half-right. The metaphor is not my creation; it is the perceived world itself—a perfectly representative drawing of what is true, deep, and boundless. Enter the world through any object and you will stumble into eternity.

Look around you. Select the first object your eyes fall on. Look and see your own face.

Anoop Kumar, MD, MM is board certified in Emergency Medicine and holds a Master’s degree in Management with a focus in Health Leadership. He practices in the Washington, DC metro area, where he also leads meditation gatherings for clinicians. He is the author of the upcoming book Is This a Dream? He tweets @DrAnoopKumar.