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! 😉 ).