A teacher and his student were walking through the forest. The student asked, “Why are most people’s minds restless?" The teacher smiled and told his student a story:
One beautiful day, an elephant was standing by the shade of a tree, eating leaves. Suddenly, a small fly came buzzing and landed on the elephant’s ear. The elephant stayed calm and continued to eat. The fly flew around the elephant’s ear, buzzing noisily, but the elephant seemed to be unaffected.
This bewildered the fly, and it asked, “Are you deaf?” “No,” the elephant answered. “Then why aren’t you bothered by my buzz? What is your secret? How can you stay so calm and still?”
The elephant stopped eating and said, "My five senses do not disturb my peace, because they do not rule my attention. I am in control of my mind and my thoughts, and therefore, I can direct my attention where I want, and ignore any disturbances, including your buzz. Therefore I can stay peaceful.”
At the end of the story, the student’s eyes opened wide, and a smile appeared on his face. “Now I understand! If I am in command of my five senses, my mind will become calm, and I will be able to disregard the restlessness.”
“That’s right,” answered the teacher.
“The mind is restless and goes wherever the attention goes. Control your attention, and you control your mind.”
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