“THAT WAY, YOU WILL ALWAYS BE AT PEACE”
According to an ancient Sufi story, there lived a King in some Middle Eastern land who was continuously torn between happiness and despondency. The slightest thing would cause him great upset or provoke an intense reaction, and his happiness would quickly turn into disappointment and despair.
A time came when the king finally got tired of himself and of life, and he began to seek a way out. He sent for a wise man who lived in his kingdom and who was reputed to be enlightened. When the wise man came, the king said to him ” I want to be like you. Can you give me something that will bring balance, serenity, and wisdom into my life? I will pay any price you ask.
” The wise man said, “I may be able to help you. But the price is so great that your entire kingdom would not be sufficient payment for it. Therefore it will be a gift to you if you will honour it. ” The king gave his assurance and the wise man left.
A few weeks later, he returned and handed the king an ornate box carved in jade. the king opened the box and found a simple gold ring inside. Some letters were inscribed on the ring. the inscription read: THIS, TOO, WILL PASS… “What is the meaning of this?” asked the king. The wise man said, ” Wear this ring always. Whatever happens, before you call it good or bad, touch this ring and read the inscription. That way you will always be at peace.
“THIS, TOO, WILL PASS…”
“THIS IS MY SECRET”
J. Krishnamurti, the great Indian philosopher and spiritual teacher, spoke and travelled almost continuously all over the world for more than fifty years, attempting to convey through words-which are content-that which is beyond words, beyond content. At one of his talks in the later part of his life, he surprised his audience by asking, “Do you want to know my secret?”
Everyone became very alert. many people in the audience had been coming to listen to him for twenty or thirty years and still failed to grasp the essence of his teaching. Finally, after all these years, the master would give them the key to understanding.
” This is my secret,” he said
“I DON’T MIND WHAT HAPPENS”
YOU MAKE YOUR OWN LUCK?
There is a story of a wise man who won an expensive car in a lottery. His family and friends were very happy for him and came to celebrate. “Isn’t it great!” they said. “You are so lucky.”
The man smiled and said, “Maybe.”
For a few weeks, he enjoyed driving the car. Then one day a drunken driver crashed into his new car at an intersection and he ended up in hospital, with multiple injuries. His family and friends came to visit him and said, ” That was really unfortunate.”
Again the old man smiled and said, “Maybe.”
While he was still in the hospital, one night there was a landslide and his house fell into the ocean. Again his friends came the next day and said, “Weren’t you lucky to have been in here in the hospital.”
Once again the old man smiled and said,
The wise man’s “maybe” signifies his wisdom in his refusal to judge anything that happens.
ACCEPTANCE AND SURRENDER
Zen Master Hakuin lived in a town in Japan. He was held in high regard and many people came to him for spiritual teaching. Then it happened that the teenage daughter of his next-door neighbour became pregnant. When being questioned by her angry and scolding parents as to the identity of the father, she finally told them that he was Hakuin, the Zen Master.
In great anger, the parents rushed over to Hakuin and told him with much shouting and accusing that their daughter had confessed that he was the father. All he replied was,”Is that so?”
News of the scandal spread throughout the town and beyond. The Master lost his reputation. This did not trouble him. Nobody came to see him anymore. He remained unmoved.
When the child was born, the parents bought the baby to Hakuin. “You are the father, so you look after him.” The Master took loving care of the child.
A year later, the mother confessed to her parents that the real father was the young man who worked at the butcher shop. In great distress, they went to see Hakuin to apologize and ask for forgiveness. “We are really sorry. We have come to take the baby back. Our daughter confessed that you are not the father.”
“IS THAT SO?”
Was all he would say as he handed the baby over to them.
CARRYING THE PAST
Two Zen monks named Tanzan and Ekido were walking along a country road that had become extremely muddy after heavy rain. Near a village, they came upon a young woman who was trying to cross the road, but the mud was so deep it would have ruined the silk kimono she was wearing. Tanzan at once picked her up and carried her to the other side.
The monks walked along in silence. Five hours later, as they were approaching their lodging, Ekido couldn’t restrain himself any longer. “Why did you carry that girl across the road?” he asked. “We monks are not supposed to do things like that.”
“I put the girl down hours ago Tanzan,
“ARE YOU STILL CARRYING HER”
After two ducks get into a fight, which never lasts long, they will separate and float off in different directions. Then each duck will flap its wings vigorously a few times thus releasing the surplus energy that built up during the fight. After they flap their wings they float off peacefully, as if nothing ever happened.
Now, if the duck had a human mind it would keep the fight alive by thinking and making it into a story.
I can’t believe he just did that!
He came within 5 inches of me!
He thinks he owns this pond!
He has no consideration for my private space!
I’ll never trust him again!
Next time he’ll do something else to annoy me!
I’m sure he’s plotting something already!
But I’m not going to stand for this!
I’ll teach him a lesson he won’t forget!
And on and on the mind spins it’s tales, still thinking and talking about it, days, weeks months even years later.
As far as the body is concerned the fight is still going on and the energy it generates in response to all that thinking is emotion, which in turn generates more thinking. You can see how problematic the duck’s life would become if it had a human mind. But this is how most humans live all the time. No situation or event is ever really finished
The mind, and the mind made ‘me and my story” keep it going. We are a species that has lost its way.
FLAP YOUR WINGS TRANSLATES INTO – LET GO OF YOUR STORY, AND RETURN TO THE ONLY PLACE OF POWER, THE PRESENT MOMENT!
I know you have enjoyed these simple examples. They are a completely different way of looking at the things. I’m striving to have them all as a practice of my own. Already my life has completely turned around, I have hours of mind time to think of where I am and where I am going, To take the time to see things I have never really taken the time to notice it is truly amazing. To be in awe and wonder for the every day simple things.
I have truly come to believe there are no ordinary moments
My one true purpose in life is always whatever I am doing right Now
Non-Resistance, Non-Judgement and Non-Attachment are the 3 keys to Enlightened Living
Every situation simply needs to be dealt with, or accepted, not made into a problem.
I AM HERE
I AM NOW
I AM ONE WITH LIFE
Although I do truly believe these things I am challenged in many moments of automatic reactions, However, I refuse to give in. I am already experiencing more bliss and joy in my life and that is what drives me forward. I have a purpose in every moment to become the very best of who I am. Please join me.
I know I am never alone and those of us along the journey who would love to share their struggle for attainment, please share with us your experiences.
Always my gratitude and love