On being calm – Boundless Blessings by Kamal

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Once Gautama Buddha was travelling with a few of his followers to a village that he frequently went to. From morning they were travelling on foot and were tired, hungry and thirsty too. While they were passing a lake, Buddha told one of his disciples, ‘I am sitting near the shade of a tree and am very thirsty, do get me some water from the lake.’ The disciple immediately did what Buddha said and walked up to the lake. At that very moment, a bullock cart started crossing through the lake, as a result  of which the water became very muddy and 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 do not think it is fit for you to drink.’ After about half an hour, again Buddha asked the same disciple to go back to the lake. He did so and found that the water was still muddy. Nothing could be done. He returned and informed Buddha about the same. This went on for quite some time, again Buddha who was thirsty by this time, asked him to go back and check out the water. This time, the disciple found the mud had settled down and the water was clean and 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 in a calm voice, ‘See what you did to make the water clean, you let it be and the mud settled down on its own, and you now have clear water to drink. Your mind is like that too. When the mind is gloomy, depressed or disturbed, its actions too are chaotic and binding. It will not allow you to think properly and it will always be agitated.

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About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at scvincent.com and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email: findme@scvincent.com.
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8 Responses to On being calm – Boundless Blessings by Kamal

  1. If I let my mind settle … it will become clear? Is that a good thing? I have to really think about that for a while 😀


    • Sue Vincent says:

      Clarity is good…until there is so much clarity there is no place for questions or uncertainty. Then you just become inflexible… But a peaceful mind can only be good…except that without doubt/anger at injustice or cruelty/desire (even if only for clarity) there can be no change or progress…

      It is a question of balance rather than extremes, I believe…


  2. akankshaagr says:

    Never go far away from the disrupted situations as it’ll accelerate your problems. Leave yourself alone when you find time is distressed for you because after sometime the state of your mind will settle down itself.

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  3. I love Kamal’s posts. They are always

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