I bring you another Zen story today –
A priest was in charge of the garden within a famous Zen temple. He had been given the job because he loved the flowers, shrubs, and trees. Next to the temple there was another, smaller temple where there lived a very old Zen master. One day, when the priest was expecting some special guests, he took extra care in tending to the garden. He pulled the weeds, trimmed the shrubs, combed the moss, and spent a long time meticulously raking up and carefully arranging all the dry autumn leaves. As he worked, the old master watched him with interest from across the wall that separated the temples.
When he had finished, the priest stood back to admire his work. “Isn’t it beautiful,” he called out to the old master. “Yes,” replied the old man, “but there is something missing. Help me over this wall and I’ll put it right for you.”
After hesitating, the priest lifted the old fellow over and set him down. Slowly, the master walked to the tree near the center of the garden, grabbed it by the trunk, and shook it. Leaves showered down all over the garden. “There,” said the old man, “you can put me back now.”
Let us now understand the story –
What is beauty?
Beauty is a state of your mind or you can say beauty is a quality of no-mind. Beauty unveils itself when the mind is silent. Beauty is when you are simply present in the moment and aware. Beauty is in the spontaneity and it cannot be created. If you want to make something beautiful – you are chasing in the wrong direction. Things are beautiful as they are.
When you look at a rose flower and you say, wow! It is so beautiful. You’ve labelled it. On the contrary when you look at a garbage truck, you feel disgusting. These labels of ‘beauty’ and ‘disgust’ are created by your mind. Mind is a labeling machine that continuously labels everything that it sees or experiences. Something happens and your mind immediately says – this is not good or this should not happened or something else.
The mind goes on and on. It doesn’t allow you to see things as they are. Everything is beautiful. In fact everything is as it should be. Beauty and Non-beauty is the duality created by our own minds, conditioned over a period of time.
Just let things be. Let your mind be silent and you’ll witness true beauty all around. Everything is holy and sacred as it is. Once you’ve re-gained your sight, everything is beautiful.
Have a beautiful Life!