An Empty Boat…………

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One day, 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, breathes normally and begins his meditation. After a few hours of undisturbed silence and in a deep meditative state, he suddenly feels the bump of another boat colliding with his own pretty hard. With his eyes still closed, he senses his anger rising and his face turns almost red with fury. 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 not knowing whether there was another boat floating by.  At that moment, the monk achieves self-realization and understands that the anger is within him, it merely needs the bumps 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€˜The other person is merely an empty boat. The anger is within me. It is not outside. I have to understand from where my anger is coming.’  Take time for introspection and search for your answers within yourself. Learn from your mistakes and be kind and gentle to whomever you come across in your life. Empty boat is simply a famous and fabulous metaphor. Its value lies in its implementation.

Every aspect of our lives needs to be reflected and contemplated through the lens of Timeless Wisdom. Being content and grateful are the keys to living a life free from anger and bitterness. Be a Light unto Yourself.

80 thoughts on “An Empty Boat…………

    1. Yes absolutely true and agree totally with your valuable feedback. This story is an eye opener to us and shows that everything is in us. We are our own enemies as well as goodness too. Thanks a lot dear. Love and light to you ❀️❀️❀️❀️

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    1. True and agree totally with your valuable words Rupali. We have to think and reflect before we open our mouths to react to any situation. Thank you so much. This story is an eye opener. Take care and stay safe ❀️❀️❀️❀️

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    1. Yes Deeksha we all are like this I think it is a sage only who knows how to keep his feelings in peace and happiness and not react at all. This story is an eye opener to us how we need not react. Thank you so much.😊😊😊😊😊😊

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  1. Wonderful story, Kamal. As myself, when I get frustrated in a situation, I try to remind myself, that it’s a all within me, the rising anger is just test laid out for me, well that happens only if I recognize it before the anger arises, with much luck I realize this, sometimes. Thanks to you, from now I will call it ” An empty boat”

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    1. Yes absolutely true and I too practice my anger or whatever negative feelings by this story understanding that there is no one but me in everything. Thank you so much for your valuable feedback Cornelia. These stories are eye openers. Much love and light to you πŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ’—

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    1. Yes absolutely true and agree totally with your valuable feedback dear Zaza. We can be our worst enemies or our best friend, everything and everyone is us. Thank you so much for your reblogging. Love and hugs to you dear πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜ŠπŸ˜ŠπŸ˜Š

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    1. Yes absolutely true and agree totally with your valuable words Amira. A great story to tell ourselves how to live in life and not blame anyone but ourselves. Thank you so much for reblogging. Much love and light to you dear πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–

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  2. I am never surprised anymore, when I read something or come across something that I need to read or hear at that particular moment. I know He works in mysterious ways and this post was a reminder of something I am struggling with currently and have been asking for guidance on. Blessings to you!

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    1. He is always there with us every moment of our lives we fail to recognise him in our midst. These stories are eye openers for all of us. Thank you so much. Love and light to you πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜ŠπŸ˜ŠπŸ˜Š

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  3. Great Wisdom Kamal dear friend.. Our happiness begins and ends from within.. So we have to Watch carefully and dive deep within.. Keep writing dear 🌹😍β™₯️🌷

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