Sometimes Just let it be

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. Please 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 the lake right at the edge of it. 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 the Buddha, “The water in there is very muddy. I don’t think it is fit to drink”.

So, the Buddha said, let us take a little rest here by the tree. 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 the Buddha.

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

Moral: 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. We can judge and take best decisions of our life when we stay calm.

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'25' Thoughts on a Story

  1. Inspirational story

  2. this promotes laziness.not a good moral story

  3. @jaina: This is not a story about hard work, this is about anger and emotions. All it teaches us is, keep calm and don’t let your frustrations ruin something that can be solved politely.

  4. It’s a nice and inspirational story.

  5. the story had a great effect on me, really!!!!!!!

  6. Best and lasting solutions are found in calmness and stillness.

  7. Nice story for will be helpful in take important decision in lifeπŸ‘Œ

  8. Mrinalini Arora

    April 4, 2018 at 3:52 am

    A story giving an insight on mind and self-management. When mind is in clutter, disorganized, anxious, in anger let the mind settle down on its own. Give the time and not be in a hurry just like its takes time for that muddy water to become clear in the river.

  9. Tshering wangdi

    April 17, 2018 at 6:39 am

    Very meaning full as same like Success come from itself.

  10. This is very wonderful and good story

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  12. Very nice.,, Just love it. Thank you

  13. very nice we have to believe it !

  14. Very very great story , thanks for the story .

  15. Very nice……….,……. I like
    This story

  16. Very nice …

  17. Stories is very nice in this i need one WHO quotation for all stories

  18. valuable moral to bear in our minds lifelong
    thanks for sharing

  19. very true moral

  20. This is a really good story! And has an astonishing moral.

  21. Great story

  22. super wonderfull

  23. This story explains about overthinking, anxiety and depression when the mind is disturbed of anxiety just keep calm and the mind will automatically settled down. You don’t need any effort to keep the mind relaxed and be calm

  24. jaina it does not promote laziness it means that we should not use effort to calm our mind down

  25. Gunnkenleyer Flintfloydone

    October 18, 2021 at 7:49 pm

    Buddha should very efforts!

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