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Peace of Mind

Shared by: Pinky

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 travelling, 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 some people were washing clothes in the water and, 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. 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.

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  1. pinky
    April 24, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    Surrender Brings Peace
    “The moment there is surrender there is peace—that very second there is peace. “

  2. April 24, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    @ Pinky – Surrender may not always brings peace, but faith really does. Keep the faith, and persist your goal, you will find peace and success both 🙂

  3. Shammi
    April 25, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    Control over mind and desires will bring peace and happiness

  4. April 25, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    @ Shammi – Self control is very important, but it should not be as a task, but enjoying every moment with the faith 🙂

  5. pinky
    April 25, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    true rajiv…i have faith…

  6. April 25, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    @ Pinky – Faith is what makes us all move on! 🙂

  7. Shammi
    April 26, 2011 at 8:32 am

    I agree …self control has to be from within and enjoyed

  8. April 26, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    @ Shammi – True, everything is happiness around us, even what we think that its not, and law of opposites will disappear 🙂

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