Wednesday, April 25, 2007

The Farmer's Horse

The Farmer's Horse
There is a story of a farmer whose horse ran away. That evening the neighbors gathered to console him since this was such bad luck. He said, "May be."
The next day the horse returned, but brought with it six wild horses, and the neighbors came exclaiming at his good fortune. He said, "May be."
And then, the following day, his son tried to saddle and ride one of the wild horses; he was thrown, and broke his leg. Again the neighbors came to offer their sympathy for the misfortune. He said, "May be."
The day after that, conscription officers came to the village to seize young men for the army, but because of the broken leg the farmer's son was rejected. When the neighbors came to say how fortunately everything had turned out, he said, "May be."
* None is free from the eight worldly conditions of 'Pleasure and Pain', 'Gain and Loss', 'Praise and Blame' and 'Honor and Dishonor'. Reflecting on this Truth of Samsaric existence, one learns to

1. be more calm and accepting of the things that befalls him.
2. develop a mental state of equanimity or tranquility. The mental state will become more peaceful in the face of changing fortunes.

3. see that the only certainty is uncertainty. 'Tragic' things may become a blessing and vice versa.
4. see that the wisest thing to practice is 'present mindfulness' ... the past is dead and gone and the future is unknown ...
* Our attitude towards happenings determines to a great extent our mental happiness and peace.
* Often one's mental state can be more happy, peaceful and free if one's mind does not attach and cling ... 'Letting it go' or 'letting it be' are mental attitudes that often help one to be peaceful.
With Metta,
Bro. Oh Teik Bin

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