Friday, 12 December 2014

The Parable Of The Cow: You Are Not Your Thoughts

A monk was walking through the marketplace with his disciples when they saw a man dragging a cow by a rope. The monk asked the man to wait and told his disciples to surround them.

Let me teach you something,” he said. “Tell me, who is bound to whom? Is the cow bound to this man or is the man bound to the cow?”

The disciples replied without hesitation: “Of course the cow is bound to the man. The man is the master, he is holding the rope. The cow has to follow him wherever he goes. The man is the master and the cow is the slave.

Now watch this,” said the monk, and he took small knife from his pocket and cut the rope. The cow then ran away from the master who ran after it.

Look at what is happening,” he smilingly said. “Do you see who the master is?
The cow is not interested at all in this man. In fact, the cow is trying to escape from the man.”

[*Adapted from a story I once read]

Free your mind! by Catrin Welz-Stein
The Parable of the Cow deals with the case of the thoughts in our minds. All the nonsense we carry inside is not interested in us. We, on the other hand, give it much attention. We love to identify with it and obsess about it until we become its slave.

The reality is, we are NOT our thoughts. We are conscious of them, while they are not conscious of us. They don’t sit to think about us and ruin their day and life; they barely even know us. It’s actually us who create them. It’s us who bring upon the nonsense.

Another significant difference between
our Higher Self as opposed to our ego self and our thoughts is that the thoughts come and go. They are ephemeral, they are transient, they are temporary; just like the ocean waves, always in motion. We, are not. We are temporary only in the physical sense.
Yet, most people identify with their thoughts. They fill their heads with them all the time. Naturally, they go crazy
trying to make sense of everything in their world; trying to always be in control by taming the cow with a rope. Their attachment to the thoughts work like a splinter in their brain which constantly disrupts their inner peace, leaving them unsettled, burdened, and consequently unhappy. 

You see, as long as we’ll get thoughts in our brain, then separating ourselves from them is the path to wisdom and inner peace. Everything changes for the better once the thinker inside our heads is silenced, and instead we embrace the role of the observer. Because, if you don’t master your mind, it will become your master. Or possibly, someone else would do it for you.

As such, the moment we separate ourselves from the thoughts is the moment we’ll lose interest in the garbage polluting our heads and understand the uselessness of our attachment to it. Only then, shall it all start to disappear... just like the cow ― it will escape and disappear.

The moral is, we do have the power to let go of unwanted thoughts and achieve peace of mind. For in order to grow we must let go. It has no other way.
Now cut that rope and set yourself free. 

*The featured photo was taken in late 2008 in Sri Lanka. Apparently a monk came to a slaughter farm to stop and to save cows from being killed. After he had done so, this white cow fell in front of the monk and prostrated to him. Prostration is a traditional way of paying respect between Buddhists and Sangha. Another view is that the cow was simply standing up when the capture was taken. Either way, it quite seems quite suitable to be added here.


What Nomad Lions Can Teach Us About Growing Through Life 

On Love and Attachment  

Why We Should Not Fear Death 

Who Are We?

The Parable of the Elephant 

My Journey Towards Self-Transcendence

Unfollow The Crowd  

The Intertwining of Genius and Insanity 

Dealing with High Awareness and Empathic Accuracy 

The Significance of Letting Go 

Things I Got Rid Of To Become Happier

Codependency: What Being Addicted To Someone Means 

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