Rig Veda - Two Birds
Type of Spiritual Experience
Two birds - one the immortal soul or Higher spirit, the other the mortal soul - joined for the life they lead, but one 'looks on', they are found at the end of the tree of life, perching there partaking of 'fruit' which has a different symbolism here to the more general symbolism of fruit. Here the fruit is wisdom.
A description of the experience
The Rig Veda
Two birds, friends joined together, clutch the same tree. One of them eats the sweet fruit; the other looks on without eating.
Where the birds sing unblinkingly about their share of immortality among the wise, there the mighty herdsman of the whole world, the wise one, entered me, the fool.
The birds that eat honey nest and brood on that tree on whose tip they say, is the sweet fruit. No one who does not know the father eats that.