Settling the Mind

Posted on: Monday, May 23, 2016 | Posted by: Art of Living Universe


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There is a story of Lord Buddha.

Buddha was walking with his devotees and disciples. He wanted some water and there was a pond, but just then a buffalo entered the pond and got out of the pond and stirred the whole thing, and so the clean water became muddy water. So Buddha wanted some water from the pond, but his devotees said it has become dirty; we will find some other pond further. Buddha smiled at them and kept walking.

There was no other pond further, then Buddha said, ‘Go back and get the water from the same pond’. The devotees said, ‘No, it’s dirty’. Buddha said, 'Now you go check’.

When they went back, the water had settled and they could take the water. When the water was taken in a cup, it settled down even further and clear water was on the top.
Buddha then said, ‘Mind is like this. If the mind is in a mess, wait for a while, it will settle’.

Leave the mind for a little time and it will settle. It cannot be disturbed forever. All these disturbances are momentary. Just how it has come, it will go.
Every disturbance is momentary. So nothing to be done, just give it a little time, wait, and it will settle.
That’s the same with everything in life, sometimes you have to learn to be with it and allow it to settle. If you are in a hurry for the water in the pond to settle, it won’t settle, it will get dirtier.

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Expressing Love the Right Way

Posted on: Sunday, May 22, 2016 | Posted by: Art of Living Universe


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Love and admiration too can become a burden. When this happens, people try to unburden themselves by running away from it. Many love marriages have fallen apart because of this only. One partner expresses too much love towards the other, and the other is not able to handle it. The other person then feels like running away. And they do run away!

How many people have seen this happen? (Many raise their hands) We shouldn't talk too much about love because it is inexpressible, actually!

I feel that we should take a middle path; express a little, but not too much. Do express, but you don’t express so much that you start with, ‘I can’t live without you’, and then later you say, ‘I can’t stand you.’

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Nature is Intelligent

Posted on: Saturday, May 21, 2016 | Posted by: Art of Living Universe


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See how nature has done it so beautifully! A coconut does not fall when it is heavy and full of water. When the water dries up, it becomes lighter and then it falls. A heavy coconut will never fall, you have to go and pluck it when it is full of water.

Just imagine if someone is just walking and a very heavy coconut falls on their head! My goodness, they will be gone! It is only when a coconut becomes dry and light, then it falls. Nature is so intelligent!

I will tell you a story of two children. One day, a young boy and a young girl were walking, and one of them said, 'This God is so stupid, he does not have brains! In this small wine he puts such a big pumpkin! And on this big Pipal tree he puts little fruits when it can hold the weight of these big fruits. I think the God has no brains'.
It was a very sunny day, so both of them went to take rest under the big tree. As he was resting a fruit fell on his head. That one fruit fell on him and he said, 'Wow, God does have brain. If the pumpkin had fallen on my head I would have finished!'

So here is somebody who for a minute thought that God has no brain, and a minute later realized that God is very intelligent.

Similarly with mangoes; just before a mango becomes ripe and juicy it snaps and falls on the floor. Suppose it becomes ripe and juicy and then falls then nobody can enjoy its juice. But it falls at a right time so that you can pick it up and enjoy the juice. Nature has tremendous intelligence.

Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar's Message for Buddha Purnima

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