The Ease of Serene
A radiant deity once asked the Buddha:
Those who dwell deep in the forest,
Peacefully living the Noble life,
Eating only a single meal a day,
Why is their appearance so serene?
The Blesses Buddha responded:
They do not
trouble over the past,
Nor do they crave for any future,
They live just with what is
Therefore are their looks so serene!
By urging towards the
yet unreal future,
By longing back into a forever lost past,
Fools verily dry up and wither away,
Like a green creeper cut
at the root...
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Source: The Grouped Sayings of the
Buddha. Samyutta Nikāya I 5