1000 petals by axinia

the only truth I know is my own experience

The painting comepetition March 24, 2009

 (image by me)

There once was a King who offered a prize to the artist who would paint the best ‘Picture of Peace.’ Many artists tried. The King looked at all the pictures, but there were only 2 he really liked and he had to choose between them. He rejected all other paintings.

Out of the two, one picture was that of a calm lake. The lake was like a perfect mirror and peaceful towering mountains were all around it. Overhead was a blue sky with fluffy white clouds. All who saw this picture thought that it was a perfect picture of peace. Everyone said that this painting should and would win the 1st prize.

The other picture was different and had mountains, too. But these were rugged and bare. Above was an angry sky from which rain fell and in which lightening played havoc. By the side of the mountain tumbled a foaming waterfall making a deafening noise. This did not look peaceful at all.
Behind the waterfall was a tiny bush growing in a crack in the rock. In the bush a mother bird had built her nest. There, in the midst of the rush of angry water, sat the mother bird on her nest… feeding her babies! The mother bird was in perfect peace as she went about her duty…

The King chose the second picture. This picture won the prize much to everyone’s surprise!

Because, as explained by the King: “Peace does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise or no trouble. Peace means to be in the midst of all those things and still be calm in your heart. That is the real meaning of peace. There must be peace in chaos!”

MORAL: The World is like the second painting. But we need to be calm & go about our work like the mother bird.


P.S: this beautiful story was send to me by my dear reader Sailaja (thank you!)


14 Responses to “The painting comepetition”

  1. What a lovely story! Thanks, Axinia and Sailaja! 🙂

    The world is indeed like the second painting, but with a small addition. Above the rock, is a nasty, vicious snake, watching the nest, waiting for the opportune moment to gobble up the tiny hatchlings 😦

    • swaps Says:

      Or may be just sheltering the nest under its hood 🙂

      • Swaps, by giving the benefit of the doubt to the snake, you are depriving it of a hearty meal 😐

        Maybe the snake is not such a great threat because it will not come near the hatchlings as long as the mother bird is present. The greater threat comes from a certain kind of big ape 😉 that would aim its weapon at the mother bird (you know, hunting is just a “sport” 😯 ) as she looks for food 😐

        • swaps Says:

          YES, hunting for sport is despicable. Btw, shooting with a camera is far more challenging than with a gun. Killing is for lesser beings.

  2. Iam generally peaceful during hard times. I don’t know why, this irritates people around me! 🙂

    Destination Infinity

    • volodimir108 Says:

      DI, that is an untypical human but typical yogic quality 🙂

      rememer the saying of Gadhi:

      “The yogi is the one in whom all these capabilities are reflected in his life and

      who in the midst of a furious storm still sees the sun,

      who faces the difficulties and the death,

      who with a balanced quiet mind walks over a battlefield or goes to the executioners,

      and whose spirit is so joyful that even thunder puts him to sleep.”


  3. sailaja Says:

    Thank you Axinia.
    Raj why are you bothered about an imaginary snake when the little bird with its babies is in such a bliss of peace? may be the snake is not there at all. even if it is there watching and waiting for an opportunity, may be some circumstances may arise so that the snake itself gets knocked off!!!! Be positive dear Raj. try to enjoy the type of peaceful attitude by being detached. of course condemning the atrocities is not wrong but should be done for being collective. the attitude of opposing the bad is not wrong but just imaginging that something bad is going to happen is being pessimistic to the extremes.

  4. True, Swaps, you must have heard of this story from Buddha’s life:

    Devadatta (Siddhartha’s cousin) shoots down a swan that falls to earth near Siddhartha (the future Buddha). Siddhartha takes out the arrow and nurses it back to health, but Devadatta insists that the swan belongs to him because he shot it. The two boys then went to the king’s court where the case was argued. In the end, a wise man declared that the swan should belong to one who saved its life rather than the one who tried to take it away.

    Sadly, the “civilisation” of these big apes has not progressed much even after more than two millenia since the Buddha 😦


    I’m just describing the horrible reality. If the idea of the snake waiting to kill the little birds is unpleasant, then wait until you hear about the Israeli “Defence Forces” killing little children just for target practice 😡


    I guess there are two ways to attain detachment. One is to enjoy the peaceful attitude as you mention. The other is to be so disgusted with the behaviour of certain humans that detachment from humans comes automatically. I’ve almost attained the second type 😐

    • swaps Says:

      Raj, if I insist that others change to fit my creed of correctness, that is violence …I must understand why things are what they are. Hence, I attain detachment.

      • Swaps dear, if detachment means one has to accept every non-sense as it is, then I would be the last person to want detachment 😐

      • I think both are correct. I think even M Gandhi was of the second type, like our Alien. But did you look at the way in which he chose to fight? There is perfect logic in what he did. He was a genius, to say the least. And damn brave. I don’t think we will ever see a leader of his caliber any soon. We all need to learn from him in order to fight external forces as well as internal.

        Destination Infinity

        • axinia Says:

          DI, 1000% agree with you, Gandhi had the true courage and – what is the most important – he managed to achieve a lot by this (not simply delivery speeches!).
          I wish you coudl have more people like that but it is not easy.

  5. archanaccp Says:

    simple yet profound…

    good one


  6. Triveni Says:

    So true, this reminds me of another post by u, which says that people who are happy dont worry if its summer or winter.. 🙂 Basically its not the external factors that determine a person’s state of mind (peace/At war)

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