“Looking for peace is like looking for a turtle with a mustache.”
Right all you idealists out there, don’t react just yet but simply take this sentence in. This does not say we should not have pace, man! 🙂
But it seems just the right thing to contemplate, right now, when so many places in our world are facing political uncertainty and that includes Thailand!
Now humour me. Are you sitting comfortably? Relax and focus your mind. Bring up the trouble in the southern Thailand, how does that make you feel? Stress?
Right, now stop all that, take a deep breath, may be a couple more and watch this video.
And To think that this is what we do all the time, going round wishing for something troublesome to end or change because our ideology demands an end to situations. Most of the time we cannot even comprehend the cause of the situation.
You might think that in certain situation we must force a resolution to stop the violence and I do agree as in some cases we cannot stand idle. But how many times now have we stepped in, not understanding why and made things worse, much worse.
Now let me quote you the whole saying:
Looking for peace is like looking for a turtle with a mustache: You won’t be able to find it. But when your heart is ready, peace will come looking for you.
It is a saying by one remarkable human being, Ajahn Chah, a monk that I have long admired and cherished. His philosophy on life is not intellectually profound but spiritually breathtaking. His sense of humour is supreme and the combination of the two makes me bow whole heartedly to this man. His words are not just for musing about, try living by them!