There once lived a king who offered a prize to the artist who would paint the best picture of peace. Many artists tried, king looked at all the pictures. But there were only two he really liked-
One picture was of calm lake with peaceful towering mountains and blue sky with white clouds. It was perfect picture of peace. The other picture had mountains too, but these were rugged and bare. Above was angry sky from which rain fell and on one side there was a waterfall which did not look peaceful at all. Behind the waterfall in a tiny bush a mother bird had built her nest. There in the midst of rush of water, sat the mother bird in her nest in perfect peace.
The King chooses the second picture.
What is our natural state of mind?
Have you ever tried to observe?
Have you ever tried to think about it?
We believe that life is tough and life is full of sufferings which is true.
But what is not true is that our natural state of mind is not feeling anxious or disturbed.
At times, when we are anxious, angry, disturbed, fearful, happy, worried, depressed, frustrated – These are “reactions”. They are not our natural state.
AND WE ARE PEACEFUL WHEN WE ARE BALANCED.
Yoga does not promise to remove our problems but how to deal with them and remain peaceful even when we are in problems and difficulties.
Yoga is not meant to make us a new person. It aims to return us to our natural state of PEACE & EQUANIMITY.