Hi my dear blogger friends it feels great to blog again after a long hiatus. I could not resist sharing this beautiful story with you and do hope you enjoy it.
A monk decides to meditate alone, away from his monastery.
He takes his boat out to the middle of the lake, moors it there, closes his eyes and begins his meditation.
After a few hours of undisturbed silence, he suddenly feels the bump of another boat colliding with his own.
With his eyes still closed, he senses his anger rising, and by the time he opens his eyes, he is ready to scream at the boatman who dared disturb his meditation.
But when he opens his eyes, he sees it’s an empty boat that had probably got untethered and floated to the middle of the lake.
At that moment, the monk achieves self-realization, and understands that the anger is within him; it merely needs the bump of an external object to provoke it out of him.
From then on, whenever he comes across someone who irritates him or provokes him to anger, he reminds himself, β€œThe other person is merely an empty boat. The anger is within me.”
Take time for introspection & search for answer:
“Empty boat” is a famous & fabulous metaphor. Its value lies in its implementation.
So lets continue our journey within be aware, be mindful, be joyful and savor the wonders around us.
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About dilipnaidu

An open mind! Love to share my thoughts and a keenness to learn. An engineer and a MBA I had a wonderful innings in the Army and later moved to consultancy and teaching. My current interests are music and growing culinary herbs. Love to play golf and do yoga regularly. I am serious on "Living life less seriously". A warm welcome to you be well and be cheerful always.

11 responses »

  1. Binky says:

    That’s an excellent illustration of the point. How we react to things defines us.

    Nice to hear from you again, Dilip!

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  2. Rajagopal says:

    Empty boat floats in fully laden with insights. Welcome back Dilip…

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  3. Beautiful story, my dear Dilip and …welcome back!!!!!!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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  4. ssbonsor says:

    I wish “Self- Realization was that easy”. I think, absolute self- control, intense longing for the Lord, and His Grace are essential for success.

    Surinder
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    • dilipnaidu says:

      Thank you sir you are right. However we cannot overlook the fact that many Buddhist monks reach the threshold of enlightenment due to their deep karmic roots and years of spiritual practice.

      So even though they are primed and ready for enlightenment yet still one step away and even a seemingly unrelated event can trigger it.

      For example the venerable Master Lin Chi’s method of teaching was blunt and rough. He did not hesitate to use the stick on his disciples πŸ˜€ perhaps to shock them out of their attachment or comfort zone. As you are well aware there are no logical answers to questions in spirituality.

      With kindest regards
      Dilip

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      • ssbonsor says:

        I agree spirituality defies logic. I have no idea about enlightenment through deep Karmic Roots.

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        • dilipnaidu says:

          I have little knowledge in the field of Vedas and Karma. But the dictionary meaning of Karma is the sum of a person’s actions in this and the previous states of existence. The Buddhist monks enlightenment in a flash ‘may have’ happened due to the pious actions of his past.

          With kind regards!

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