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Monday, March 21, 2011

Proverbial myth No, 8: Deep doubts, deep wisdom; small doubts, little wisdom. Chinese Proverb

Doubts are not thesis questions so it can’t be generalized. Doubt in hand of a scholar is the beginning of a systematic and meaningful investigation while doubt in hands of laymen is weaving rumors and distrusts. As we are scholars at few subject areas and laymen at rest so doubts are useful only when treated as subjective and sources of disappointments when generalized…………
You might like this legendary story of hands on use of thinking process (related to intense doubt) by Buddha,
………….Once Buddha was walking from one town to another with a few of his disciples. While they were travelling, they happened to pass a lake. They stopped there and Buddha told one of his disciples, “I am thirsty. Do get me some water from that lake there.”
The disciple walked up to the lake. When he reached it, he noticed that some people were washing clothes in the water and as a result, the water became very muddy, very turbid. The disciple thought, “How can I give this muddy water to Buddha to drink!” So he came back and told Buddha, “The water in there is very muddy. I don’t think it is fit to drink.”
After about half an hour, again Buddha asked the same disciple to go back to the lake and get him some water to drink. The disciple obediently went back to the lake. This time he found that the lake had absolutely clear water in it. The mud had settled down and the water above it looked fit to be had. So he collected some water in a pot and brought it to Buddha.
Buddha looked at the water, and then he looked up at the disciple and said, “See what you did to make the water clean. You let it be ... and the mud settled down on its own – and you got clear water... Your mind is also like that. When it is disturbed, just let it be. Give it a little time. It will settle down on its own. You don’t have to put in any effort to calm it down. It will happen. It is effortless.”………………………..
When in intense doubt…give it time…. It takes time but you see clearly after your thoughts settled down…. Sometimes, things really don’t make sense immediately….but as time passes you see more clearly what has happened and what is happening……….

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