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PEACE OF MIND

Once Buddha was 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 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 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 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

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 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 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 Buddha 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

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