CONQUERING THE MIND – STORY:

CONQUERING THE MIND – STORY

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 traveling, 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, right at that moment, a bullock cart started crossing through the lake.

As a result, the water became very muddy, very turbid.

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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 too he found that the lake was muddy. He returned and informed Buddha about the same.

After sometime, again Buddha asked the same disciple to go back.

The disciple reached the lake to find the lake absolutely clean and clear with pure 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 neglect it. 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.”

Srila Prabhupada writes in his purport to SB 5.11.17:

“There is one easy weapon with which the mind can be conquered – neglect.”

If we neglect its useless demands it will calm down. If we keep encouraging it to demand more and more, then it will eat us away.

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Author: RAJAN

RAJAN from Tamil Nadu, India, a Life Patron and an Initiated Devotee being in ISKCON for nearly three decades, serves anonymously to avoid Prominence and crowd as an insignificant, Humble and Neutral Servant for all the devotees of Krishna! He promotes Social media forums and this blog-website as e-satsangha (e-forums) blessed with Lakhs of followers, to give Spiritual Solutions for all the Material Problems of the devotees since 2011! He writes friendly and practical tips to practice devotion (i) without hurting the followers of other paths, (ii) without affecting the personal and career life, and (iii) without the blind, superstitious and ritualistic approach! He dedicates all the glories and credits to his Guru and Krishna.

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