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There once was a King who offered a prize to the artist who would paint the best picture of peace. Many artists tried. The King looked at all the pictures, but there were only two he really liked and he had to choose between them.

One picture was of a calm lake. The lake was a perfect mirror, for peaceful towering mountains were all around it. Overhead was a blue sky with fluffy white clouds. All who saw this picture thought that it was a perfect picture of peace.


The other picture had mountains, too. But these were rugged and bare. Above was an angry sky from which rain fell and in which lightening played. Down the side of the mountain tumbled a foaming waterfall. This did not look peaceful at all. But when the King looked, he saw behind the waterfall a tiny bush growing in a crack in the rock. In the bush a mother bird had built her nest. There, in the midst of the rush of angry water, sat the mother bird on her nest... perfect peace.


Which picture do you think won the prize?

The King chose the second picture. Do you know why?

Because, as explained by the King: "Peace does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble, or hard work. Peace means to be in the midst of all those things and still be calm in your heart. That is the real meaning of peace."

In a discourse delivered on the 20th of April 1975, Swami said,

“There can be no happiness without inner peace. To earn that peace, and to be unshakably established in that peace, one must develop full detachment through steady practice. From birth to death, one is a slave to habits and practices. One needs to examine these, and rely more and more on those that lead to subjective joy rather than objective pleasure. Subjective joy can be acquired by harmony at home, mutual cooperation among members of the family and the community, acts of service to others and a concern for the welfare and prosperity of the society in which one lives.”

Illustrations: Ms. Vidya,Kuwait

- Heart2Heart Team.

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Vol 4 Issue 02 - February 2006
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