A profound story told by the great Adi Shankaracharya, teaching his students how to empty and free their minds:
‘One fine day, Adi Shankara was walking through the market place with his disciples. They saw a man dragging a cow by a rope. Shankara told the man to wait and asked his disciples to surround them and said: “I am going to teach you something which is of great value” and he further continued, “tell me who is bound to whom? Is the cow bound to this man or the man is bound to the cow?“
The disciples said without hesitation “Of course the cow is bound to the man! The man is their master because he is holding the rope. The cow has to follow him wherever he goes. The cow is his slave.“
“Now watch this,” said Shankara and took a pair of scissors from his bag and cut the rope. The cow ran away from the master and the man started running after his cow, “Look, what is happening now,” said he, “Do you see who the Master is? The cow is not at all interested in this man. The cow in fact, is trying to escape from this man.”
Then he further said to his students: “This is the case with our MIND. Like the cow, all the nonsense that we carry inside our minds like anger, jealousy, hate, fear, worries etc., is not interested in us. WE ARE INTERESTED IN IT; we are keeping it together for years and years and not wanting to EMPTY AND FREE OUR MINDS.
We do not want to release the grip on our ego mind and instead our mind wants to further entangle us and feel overjoyed. The moment we lose interest in all this garbage that has completely filled our thoughts, we will understand the futility of it and it will start to disappear. Like a cow, it will escape and disappear and run to safety.”
Feeling Free and Relaxed is a Choice why not take that Choice and enjoy the beautiful life that is given to us in all her blossoms. Colour your days with love, peace and goodwill. An Empty Mind is a Blissful State.
Live Simply, Love Beautifully and Enjoy Life……………