Saturday, August 23, 2014

Share more of yourself by just "being yourself" in the "Stillness of mind"...

So many of us believe that we have to do something. We have to take action in order to make a difference in the world. We must have a higher purpose, a mission, a profound calling. And while action certainly has its place, it's really *how we are* in the world that makes the difference.
When you find peace within yourself, you become the kind of person who can live at peace with others.” ~ Peace Pilgrim.
Buddha was once travelling from one town to the other with some of his followers. While travelling, they happened to pass a lake.
They stopped a while and Buddha told one of his followers, “I am feeling thirsty. Please fetch me some water from that lake.”
The follower went up to the lake. He noticed that some people were washing their clothes in the water. And at that moment a bullock cart started crossing the shallow lake, thus turning the water very muddy.
The follower thought, “How can I give this dirty water to Buddha to drink!” So, he returned to Buddha and said, “The lake water is very muddy, and not suitable to drink.”
After sometime, Buddha again asked the same follower to go back to the lake and bring him some water to drink. The follower went back, and this time he found that the water was crystal clear.
The mud had settled down and the water looked clean and good enough to drink. So, he collected some water and brought it to Buddha.
Buddha looked at the water, and then at the follower and said, “Look what you did to make the water clean. You let the water be…and the mud settled down on its own, and you got clean and clear water.”
He further told his follower, “Your mind is also like the water. When it is disturbed, just let it be. Give it a little time and it will settle down on its own. You don’t have to do anything, nor put in any efforts to calm it down. It is effortless and it will happen on its own.
First keep the peace within yourself, then you can also bring peace to others.” ~ Thomas Kempis
When there is peace within you, it permeates to the outside too. It spreads all over, around you, and in the environment. It affects people, such that they also start feeling that peace and grace.
Each one has to find his peace from within. And peace to be real must be unaffected by outside circumstances.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi
Consider this: if you are at peace with yourself, you are already making a difference. We can donate money, or send aid, or volunteer at a shelter, but the first thing we must do is take responsibility and stock of our own path of consciousness. If we come into harmony with ourselves and vibrate from that out into the world, we are the de facto change.
It's not about the magnitude. It's not about the grand nature of the contribution externally. If we gather up all the parts of ourselves and love them, that love becomes contagious. The ripple effect of this kind of energy is tremendous -- in some ways more profound than all the external contributions that have ever been made. Because the more we are at peace with ourselves, the more our collective energy will shift, and anything that stands in the way of peace and tranquility will have no choice but to end or dissolve.
That's all there is left to do. Once we have embraced all that we are, once we've come into a place of peace, all we can do is share ourselves. Give ourselves away. Give ourselves to as many people as possible. We will no longer be seeking to become complete by rescuing others, because we will realize that we are already complete. Then, love is the only thing left.
Tonight, as we turn out the lights, let us know that a day will come when we will be called into contribution. We will know when it happens. We will recognize it. We won't wonder if we should or shouldn't, nor will we question our motives. We will simply -- with grace and dignity, and fullness of heart -- do what needs to be done.

From Panache Desai &  Harleena Singh's articles.


D.S.SASAN said...

Good Morning Dear Sir, Bros. & Sis's,

Have A Nice Day.

Sir, Thanks for sharing knowledge.

vksoni said...

Good morning ilango sir and blogmates.....

venkatapathy l said...

Namaste Ilango Sir

Love and regards


rajiv malik said...

it is always a delight to go through the enlightening weekend posts of ilango ji !

Rajesh Singh said...

As always a wonderful post. You are a great mentor

DNSHUKLA said...

Good Mng master and thanks for this wonderful post.

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