Thursday, April 23, 2009

Peace of Mind

Once Buddha was walking from one town to another town with a few of his followers. This was in the initial days. While they were traveling, they
happened to pass a lake. They stopped there and Buddha told one of his disciples, “I am thirsty. Do get me some water from that lake there.”

The disciple walked up to the lake. When he reached it, he noticed that right at that moment, a bullock cart started crossing through the lake. As
a result, the water became very muddy, very turbid. The disciple thought, “How can I give this muddy water to Buddha to drink!” So he came back and
told Buddha, “The water in there is very muddy. I don’t think it is fit to drink.” After about half an hour, again Buddha asked the same disciple to
go back to the lake and get him some water to drink. The disciple obediently went back to the lake. This time he found that the lake had
absolutely clear water in it. The mud had settled down and the water above it looked fit to be had. So he collected some water in a pot and brought it
to Buddha. Buddha looked at the water, and then he looked up at the disciple and said,

“See what you did to make the water clean. You let it be…. and the mud settled down on its own – and you got clear water.

Your mind is also like that! When it is disturbed, just let it be. Give it a little time.. It will settle down on its own. You don’t have to put in
any effort to calm it down. It will happen. It is effortless.”
What did Buddha emphasize here? He said, “It is effortless.” Having ‘Peace of Mind’ is not a strenuous job; it is an effortless process!

Also remember that you could be in very peaceful surroundings, where everything is wonderfully beautiful, but if you’re inside is disturbed,
then that beauty is of no use to you. It does not mean anything to you. For you to be peaceful, peace has to be generated from deep within you - from
your being to the mind, and from the mind to the environment.

When there is peace inside you, that peace permeates to the outside. It spreads around you and in the environment, such that people around start
feeling that peace and grace

(Got this beautiful story by email yesterday. I liked the effortlessness in the story. Simple story but a beautiful moral)


  1. Nice post!! what a lovely story! And how true... if only we could 'let it be'..

  2. Yeah. Exactly. Well I have had few hours of BAD MOOD early this morning. And it was now that this dust, dirt was settling down..

    Thanx for the story!!! here is something relevant on my blog