Thursday, April 4, 2013
Peace of Mind
Once a wise prince 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 the wise prince told one of his followers, “I am thirsty. Do get me some water from that lake."
The follower 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 follower thought, “How can I give this muddy water to my prince to drink!” So he came back and told the wise prince, “The water in there is very muddy. I don’t think it is fit to drink.”
After about half an hour, again the wise prince asked the same follower to go back to the lake and get him some water to drink. The follower 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 wise prince.
The wise prince looked at the water, and then he looked up at the follower 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 the wise prince 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.