Peace and the mind

Once a zen master was walking from one town to another town with a few of his followers. While they were travelling, they happened to pass a lake. They stopped there and the zen master told one of his students, “I am thirsty. Do get me some water from that lake there.”

The student 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 bull and cart started crossing through the lake. As a result, the water became very muddy, very turbid. The student thought, “How can I give this muddy water to the zen master to drink!” So he came back and told the zen master, “The water is very muddy. I don’t think it is fit to drink.”

After about half an hour, again the zen master asked the same student to go back to the lake and get him some water to drink. The student 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 the zen master.

 the zen master looked at the water, and then he looked up at the student 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.”

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(moral;  When you are 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.  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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Knowledge and wisdom

There is a difference between knowledge and wisdom.

Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit not a vegetable.

Wisdom is knowing not to include it in a fruit salad.

may your mind be at peace and clear this day

 

 

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