Picture of Peace

peace 1Value- Peace

Sub value- Calm, peace within


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.

Among all the pictures,  there were only two he really liked, and he had to choose between them. The first picture was of a calm lake; the lake  perfectly mirrored the peaceful towering mountains 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.

The second picture also had mountains, but they were rugged and bare. The picture depicted, an angry rainy sky with flashes of lightning and a thundering waterfall by the side of the mountain. This did not look peaceful at all.
peace 2
As the king observed closely, he saw behind the waterfall 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 – in perfect peace.

The king chose the second picture.


It is easy for one to stay calm and quiet for sometime in a peaceful place; but to be peaceful in a overcrowded, loud, adverse place is not easy. One must cultivate the habit of seeking peace within us and not look to external situations or place for us to be happy or peaceful. When we develop the attitude of being peaceful and happy from inside; outside situation will not disturb or affect us.



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