We read in the newspapers and on the Internet; we see it on the TV: there is so much chaos in the world. It is all around us. How lucky we are in comparison! We have organized lives; we follow schedules. We are proud of ourselves for establishing utter calmness in our lives. But what is this calmness we feel so proud of? What meets the eye is not what we need to see.
The surface of a lake is calm but the water is not. The water molecules are in constant motion. The fishes in the lake are in constant motion. So how can there be calmness?
What we perceive as calmness is in reality a state of chaos. We lie down in our beds towards the end of a long day and smile at how calm we feel. But in reality, the molecules, the blood, the proteins, and the air inside our bodies are in constant motion. We insist we are calm because we are feeling comfortable. The mind seeks comfort out of the chaos within and projects calmness onto the body.
When we are able to do this in our subconsciousness, without needing to try hard, how great then will the calmness be if we were actually being mindful of it!
Then why do we react to all the negativity around us? It is because we seek this calmness from outside. That which we seek outside us lies within.

 

混亂

我們在報紙及互聯網上讀到;在電視上看到:這世界實在太混亂了。它就在我們的四周。對比下,我們是多麼幸運!我們過著井井有條的生活,一切按照時間表進行。我們對在生活中能建立絕對平靜而自豪。然而,這份令我們如斯自豪的平靜又何物?眼前一切,未必屬我們須看到的。
湖水的表面平靜如鏡,但水不是。水分子從不停下來。湖水中的魚從不停下來。那麼,又怎能平靜?
我們所認為的平靜,在現實中是混亂狀態。我們在漫長的一天結束時,躺在床為感到平靜而微笑。然而現實中,身體內的分子、血液、蛋白質和空氣都停不下來。我們堅稱自己是平靜的,因為這令我們感到舒泰。心靈從內裡的混亂尋求慰籍,再投射至全身。
若能在潛意識中能夠做到這一點,而無需努力,再去細味這份平靜,又會是多偉大呀!

那麼我們為何對身邊所有的消極情緒有所反應?這是因為我們從外間尋求這份平靜。當我們四出尋找時,「它」原來就在心中。

 

The Prism of Life (by Ansh Das, Signal 8 Press 2014)