Just let it be…

Guruji tells this story in the knowledge tape “Om Shanti Shanti Shanti”, it’s just too good to follow and has worked wonders for me :-). May be a known story, but wanted to share it with you all…

Once Buddha along with his disciples 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 a bullock cart 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 and found the mud was settled a bit but still not fit for drinking. He returned and informed Buddha about the same.

After sometime, again Buddha asked the same disciple to go back. The disciple reached the lake to find the lake absolutely clean and clear with pure water in it. The mud had settled down and the water above it was crystal clear. 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 just let it be….
and the mud settled down on its own – and you got clear water.”

Buddha continued “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.”

Awesome right? But, many times what we (at least I used to 😉 ) do is to take some important decision or shout immediately at someone just right at that moment, or do something that’s absolutely mindless, that will on a long term not be so good for us! When we allow our mind to settle down, things just happen on it’s own, and amazingly it will be the best that can happen to us. That’s my experience. You can check it out too!!! ( I can see you eyebrows raised when you read this Prasanna, YES… I am Om Shanti Shanti Shanti now, so I can share this! 😉 ).



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11 responses to “Just let it be…

  1. Vishnu

    It makes sense to some extent… But I wonder that this is the essence of being Indian…

    “Buddha continued “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.”..

    I would associate this with the “chaltha hai(let it be)” atitude of us Indians… It is a very tension free way at looking at things, but it is also the prime reason as to why corruption and neglect is prevalent everywhere in India.. If everybody would have this “let it be” attitude, then the corrupt will become more corrupt…

    I feel, the Buddha gave this advise with a single plane of focus… The problem at hand was not the muddy water, but the reason which caused the turbidity… The bullock cart should have never entered the lake… The best advise would have been to build a bridge.. building a bridge!!!??? That is totally irrelevant to quenching one’s thirst… But if we think , it is the best solution… The aquatic life gets to live, and buddha and his disciples wouldn’t need to wait for clean drinking water in FUTURE..

    Obviously what i just wrote was out of context… The “let it be” attitude works, when you know for sure that your method, your principles, your values are correct when faced with an hostile environment… It best serves when we just “let it be”….

    I think this “let it be” funda only works in an obedient , honest society… But then again, impurities did add the sparkle to a diamond


    • karpagavalli

      My God! Can this, what I considered to be most simple story be made THIS complicated too?!
      Dear, I do understand your fury with the “chalta hi” attitude with the people in the country today… This, as you have said is completely out of context for what the story conveys… The post does not mean to tell, just sit and look around when things happen…

      When can you even do anything for India, leave India, in your own life – When your mind is agitated or when it is calm(example of the lake turbid and settled, clear) ??? Now, do you get what the post wants to convey??? Well, I allow you to decipher!

      If you understand, that’s what I learnt in The Art of Living… We allow the mind to settle, and then take a proper intelligent action! 🙂


  2. Vishnu

    It would be great if you could throw some light on the origins of the phrase “Om shanti shanti shantihi”


  3. Smitha Nema

    Hi KK,

    Thanks for a nice story… It really gave some answer to what I am going through now.






  5. Karthik SS

    KK… though a known one.. there are something that needs to poke yr mind at times… it poked me and will poke other readers as well.. THANK YOU>. and Vishnu u gave a niche of the next post to be made by KK.. thank you..


  6. I think more than “let it be”, it conveys that taking decisions a little later than the frustration period tends to provide better results.

    I agree to this, since while frustrated, the mistakes we make multiply.


  7. KK, I am sure this post was dedicated to Prasanna. 🙂
    @Prasanna – Now you know what to do when KK is not in such a great mood. 🙂


  8. srikanth

    Thank you very much for posting this at exactly the right time when I needed it. We do not know each other. But I have been following your blog. Please keep posting. Hats off to you.


  9. Esakkimuthu Yogeeswaran

    Hi I like this story, to keep mind in peace ie Ohm Shanthi Shanthi


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