A holy was walking from one town to another
with a few of his followers when they came a pond.
They stopped and the elderly saint said one of his disciples,
“I am thirsty. Please get me some water from that pool.”
But as the disciple reached it, a bullock cart started crossing through it.
As a result, the water became very cloudy.
He thought, “How can I give this muddy water to the master to drink?”
So he came back and said “The water there is very muddy;
I don’t think it is fit to drink.”
After about half an hour, the holy man asked
the same disciple to go back to and get him some water.
Once more, he found that the pond was muddy and so told his master.
After a while the saint sent the same disciple yet again.
Now the pond was clean and clear for the mud had settled down.
So he filled a bowl with water and returned.
The holy man looked at the water and then at the disciple and said,
”See what you did to make the water clean. You let it be
and the mud settled down on its own – and you got clear water.
Your mind is also like that! When it is disturbed, just let it be.
Give it a little time. It will settle down on its own.
You don’t have to do anything. Just be.”