While they were travelling, they happened to pass a lake. They stopped and Buddha told one of his followers, ''I am thirsty. Do get me some water from that lake please.''
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 Buddha to drink!''
So he came back and told Buddha, ''The water in there is very muddy. I don’t think it is good to drink.''
After about half an hour again, Buddha 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 clear.
So he collected some water in a pot and brought it to Buddha.
Buddha looked at the water, 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.''
The moral of this story is:
Real peace of mind is the companion of the silence of the mind. You get peace of mind not by thinking about it or imagining it, but by quietening and relaxing the restless mind.
''For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind.''
~Ralph Waldo Emerson~
''Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.''
''Slow down and everything you are chasing will come around and catch you.''
~John De Paola~
''Every problem contains within itself the seeds of its own solution.''
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