On a cloudless Krishna Trayodasi night, the cusp of a twig seemingly points towards the resplendent Moon. One blessed with a keen alert eye will see either branch of the twig as being the guide that steers the vision towards the Moon. One blessed with wisdom will realize that it is the Moon alone that illumines the very branch, verily Its shimmer that enlivens the twigs as it were to be beacons of Its very vision. One can either lose oneself in the contours of the twig, or utilize the twig to gain the vision of the Moon and having thus gained, ensure that one's gaze is ever transfixed upon That, without getting distracted by the tree. That vision, is to be had, if the eyesight is sharp, and if the instrument of the eye - the lens - is clean and transparent. Which twig to make use of matters little if the lens is opaque. Rendering the lens clear requires the lotion of Grace from the Guru, and the tapas of one's own untiring self-effort - at what? certainly not at a painstaking study of the tree through a futile abd blurred vision - but at developing shatsampatti, at developing daivi sampat - coupled with vairAgya borne tyAga - tasks I daresay are far more formidable and hence readily avoided by most. Once the lens is clean, the evershining Moon will doubtless bless the eyes with Its pristine vision - tasyaisa AtmA vivrnute tanUm syAm.