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Short Circuit Or Sorted?

Posted on: December 24, 2017 By:


The story goes...

Once Buddha was walking from one town to another town with a few of his followers. While they were travelling, they happened to pass a river where Buddha decided to break journey. As they all sat under the shade of a tree Buddha told one of his disciples, “ Ananda please can you arrange for water for all from the river. We all are thirsty? ”

Ananda walked up to the river and he noticed that some people were washing clothes in the water and a few bullock carts were also crossing the river. When he sat down to fill his pitcher he realised the water was very muddy & turbid. He thought “How can I give this muddy water to Buddha to drink?!” So Ananda came back a little disturbed and in an irritated voice told Buddha, “There is lots of commotion at the river front and the water in there is very muddy. I don’t think it is fit to drink”.

Buddha as calm as the depth of an ocean, unperturbed by the thirst, by the heat and by the irritation of his disciple said, “No worries Ananda, let us take a little rest here by the tree.” After about half an hour, Buddha again asked Ananda to go back to the river and get him some water to drink.

He obediently went back and this time he found that there was no one washing clothes on the river side and also there were no bullock carts crossing the river. The mud had settled down and the water above it was clear and looked fit to drink. With a smile he filled his pitcher and brought water for all to drink.

Buddha looked at the water and then he looked up at Ananda and said, “See, you let the water be and the mud settled down on its own and now you got clear water. It didn’t require any effort”.

It’s a story which we may have read and heard of many times before but it’s message is becoming more and more relevant with each passing day. A few insights

1)Today our sources of getting information are on our palmtops. Every minute, every second we are bombarded with information, some relevant and majority irrelevant. And we are not realising that the more we have information the more we create commotion and the more our minds become muddled the more it becomes difficult for us to think straight. Let’s limit our sources of information and also seek only required information. How many TV news channels should you subscribe to? How many social media friends post ( what kinds of friends) should you see on your news feed? What all groups on SM should you be a part of?

2. When our mind is like that muddled river, which it’ll be sometimes, let’s just let it be. Give it a little time. It will settle down on its own. Many times you don’t require an effort to calm your mind. Not putting an effort is the only effort. Just give some time.

3. If time is a constraint then find ways by which you can settle your mind whenever muddled and keep those ways handy. For some writing is a good way to settle the thoughts, for some watching a comedy, for some talking, cooking, yet for some walking. Find your own way to settle your mud for settle we must.

Wise people always understood that the world out there will continuously cause commotion, that the world will wash their clothes and bring their bullock carts to muddle the water. But wise people also knew that they got to operate from a sane and a relaxed mind. They knew that keeping themselves sorted is their responsibility and not the world’s.

Let’s focus on sorting ourselves rather than blaming those who cause the short circuits..

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