Releasing By Buddha

One day Buddha was sitting in the woods with 30 or 40 monks. They had an excellent lunch and they were enjoying the company of each other.

Suddenly there was a farmer passing by and the farmer was very unhappy. He asked the Buddha and the monks whether they had seen his cows passing by.

Buddha told him that they had not seen any cows passing by.

The farmer said – “Monks, I’m so unhappy. I have 12 cows and I don’t know why they all ran away. I have also a few acres of a sesame seed plantation and the insects have eaten up everything. I suffer so much I think I am going to kill myself.”

and Buddha said “My friend, we have not seen any cows passing by here. You might like to look for them in the other direction.”

So the farmer thanked him and ran away, and then Buddha turned to his monks and said “My dear friends, you are the happiest people in the world. You don’t have any cows to lose. If you have too many cows to take care of, you will be very busy.”

“That is why, in order to be happy, you have to learn the art of releasing.”

“You release the cows one by one. In the beginning, you thought that those cows were essential to your happiness, and you try to get more and more cows. But now you realize that cows are not really conditions for your happiness they constitute an obstacle for your happiness. That is why you are determined to release your cows.”

MORAL

You see in life…

You can apply the releasing of cows to the releasing of all the material things that you have.

I am not claiming that you should live without any material things but it is true that the more you have the more you worry about them and the more that you possess you will fear to lose those possessions.

That’s why the only real possessions, that you can never lose are the ones that you keep in your heart.


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