The Four Princes and the Semal Tree

About Rashmi Smith

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Rashmi began practicing the Siddha Yoga teachings in 1982. She is a Siddha Yoga meditation teacher and speaker for teaching and learning events. Rashmi and her husband, Dharmadas, have hosted a Siddha Yoga meditation center in their home in Lampeter, Wales, since 1983.

Rashmi currently offers seva as a writer in the SYDA Foundation Content Department. She has previously served as a Trustee on the Siddha Yoga United Kingdom Board of Directors and as a member of the SYD UK National Steering Committee. Rashmi also served on staff at Shree Muktananda Ashram and in Gurudev Siddha Peeth in the 1990s.

Rashmi has a master’s degree in creative writing from the University of Wales. For the last forty-three years, she has owned and operated a health food shop in Lampeter, in partnership with her husband and daughter, Stella. Rashmi has three children and two grandchildren.

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This story is making me even more aware and appreciative of the striking beauty I see in nature at this time of year. I’m delighting especially in the soft, light-green leaves on the trees as they are appearing and transforming before my eyes.
The depiction of nature’s constant cycle of growth and transformation in the story reminds me that I too am growing and transforming—and yet, at my core, I’m the same as I’ve always been. It’s wonderful to remember that my own true nature hasn’t changed. No matter what the season may be, I can return to it and count on it.

a Siddha Yogi from Ohio, USA

This story is such a beautiful way to communicate the important message that, despite our outward differences, the same Self dwells in all of us.
I am looking forward to sharing this story with my six-year-old son tonight at bedtime. He's always excited to listen to new stories.
Thank you, Gurumayi, for this wonderful story and for your everlasting love.

a Siddha Yogi from Pune, India

This story reminds me that we each have our own unique perspective, vantage point, and experience-- even when it seems that we are all seeing or doing the same thing. I was inspired that the princes assumed their brothers were telling the truth and there must be some other explanation for why they had such different perceptions. I want to remember these reflections to help me consider other people's perspectives with more respect and awareness. 

a Siddha Yogi from Minnesota, USA

This sweet story reminds me that amidst my shifting emotions, thoughts, and actions, and amidst the changing seasons of life, the great Self dwells within me unchanged.
And, just as the tree renews itself each spring, I am inspired to renew myself this spring. Two practical ways I plan to do this are by participating in the Siddha Yoga Meditation Sessions for 2017 and by reciting Shri Rudram, a focus of study on the Siddha Yoga path this year.

a Siddha Yogi from California, USA