Thursday, April 30, 2015

Z for Zen



Zen is the art of supreme meditation that can be achieved through a conscious love of everything around us and the realization that we cannot conquer our circumstances. It arises from an unwavering love of the Lord, when we concentrate on just doing our duty and not worry about the consequences. When the mind knows and absorbs this, it is at peace, it is in a state of Zen.

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“Maadhav, I have understood that this war is for the establishment of Dharma, but what will be the consequences of my actions?” Arjuna wanted to know. His mind refused to accept that going to war with his cousins was the only way out. He was afraid of the consequences of the war, he was scared to think about the future, and he turned to his master for help to clear his mind.

The Lord chanted a sloka-

"Na Cha Mam Tani Karmani, Nibandhanti Dhananjaya,
Udaseenavadaseenamsaktam, Teshu Karmasu."

“Parth, let me tell you a story,” said Krishna proceeding to explain the meaning of the sloka to him.

“In a forest, a pregnant doe is about to give birth. Her labor pains have begun and she knows that her little one is expected any time now. She settles in a clearing close to the river and readies to deliver the fawn.

Just then she notices a hunter staring at her, his arrow strung up in his bow, ready to make its kill. She turns to the other side, but there is a lion, waiting to pounce upon her and satiate his hunger. To add to her woes, thunder and lightning shake up the skies and start a forest fire. There is no way she can escape. Even if the hunter and the lion miss her, the fire will surely kill her. She will be hunted either which way. What can she do?”

“She must think of a way to escape,” said Arjuna, his mind wandering aimlessly, and mentally trying to find a way to save the doe and the unborn one.

Krishna smiled. “No, Parth, the doe did not attempt to do anything. She let Prakriti take care of everything.”

“How?”

“She concentrated on the job she had at hand. There was no way in which she could control her circumstances. There was no way she could influence its outcome. She trained her mind to concentrate only on delivering the fawn.”

“Who finally killed her?” asked Arjuna, already feeling sorry for the doe.

“Just as the hunter was about to release his arrow, lightning struck him, killing him at once. The arrow that released from the bow missed its aim and hit the lion instead, killing it instantly. The thunder gave way to rain which doused the forest fire.”

“So the doe was safe.” Arjuna smiled, relieved and happy.

“Not only was the doe safe, she gave birth to a beautiful fawn that lived to see the day, because its mother had decided to be at peace with herself and her surroundings. She concentrated on giving birth which was her first priority, without worrying about the future or the consequences. Her mind was in a state of Zen.”

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When the heart trusts the master entirely, and the love for the Lord pervades everything else, it achieves a Zen-like state, when it is at peace with itself and the circumstances.



This day...last year... Z for Zen 
(I didn't realise until now that I did the same word last year too!!)

16 comments:

  1. Nice topic to choose. Some of us achieve a Zen-like state when they do what they deeply love, like practicing a form of art.
    My link: http://www.devikafernando.com/blog/blogging-from-a-to-z-challenge-letter-z-zing

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  2. Wonderful. Congratulations on completing the A-Z! I've really enjoyed your posts this month and am looking forward to reading more of them in the future :)

    Fee | Wee White Hoose
    Scottish Mythology and Folklore A-Z

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  3. Such an inspiring and a beautiful story!
    Congratulations for completing this challenge with such amazing and beautifully written stories, S! Loved reading each and every story of yours from A to Z! Way to go ♥

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  4. Great story!
    I really loved your theme this year, and all the stories were beautifully written. I was looking forward to coming back to read every day! Thank you! :) And I'm looking forward to your A to Z Reflections on Monday!
    Cheers!

    @TarkabarkaHolgy from
    Multicolored Diary - Epics from A to Z
    MopDog - 26 Ways to Die in Medieval Hungary

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  5. Murgi kya jaane ande ka kya hoga! :P
    It's true though. I've actually experienced it in my own life so many times. The trick is to surrender completely with no attachment to the outcome.

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  6. Such a beautiful, Zen like story! I loved it! Congratulations on completing the whole challenge! :)

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  7. You ended the season with Elan! How challenging is it for a commoner to be in Zen. I wonder.


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  8. ahh if only we could achieve this Zen state. Beautiful story.

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  9. A powerful message Titli:) Congrats for completing the challenge with such beautiful stories.

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  10. lovely, what a beautiful way to end the challenge. thank you for your beautiful entries.

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  11. Thank you for the great story. I needed to read that today. "Focus on the task at hand and not worry about the rest. Everything takes care of itself."

    Now the rebel in me wants to know what were the hunter and the lion thinking, and what was their role in the teachings. What did they signify.

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  12. just i started browsing through. Feeling glad to come across this blog. Thanks to Aarthi!

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    1. Thank you hema for reading! welcome to the blog!

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