Once there 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 two he really liked and he had to choose between them.

One picture was of calm lake.The lake was a perfect mirror, because peaceful towering mountains were 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 other picture had mountains too.But these were rugged and bare.Above was an angry sky from which rain fell and lightening played.Down the side of the mountain tumbled a foaming waterfall. This did not look peaceful at all.

But when the king looked, 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 and in the midst of angry water sat the mother bird there.
Which picture do you think won the prize?The king chose the second picture. Because, explained the king, "peace does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work.

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 is no way to peace,peace is the way."



  1. AnonymousMay 10, 2007

    I think it is very hard for some to find that type of peace when surrounded by the chaos in their lives. They become so overwhelmed with everything going on around them, they forget to just stop and take a deep breath.

    It took me a long time to realize that there would always be those things I had no control over - and that allowing myself to be caught up in it all was pointless. I am much calmer these day's about those things, and life has gotten a whole lot simpler because of it.

    Take care;

  2. Yes,be receptive and learn from life's experiences.By and by you will 'arrive' at the Truth. Thanks for sharing your practical views.Good luck.

  3. what a lovely analogy,,, a lesser man would not have even seen the bird....

  4. Hi Surjit... this is my favorite of all your posts!

    Thank you for sharing this simple truth which is easy to forget!

    And, thank you for reflecting that peace of which you speak!

    Blessings and joy to you,


  5. Thanks Paisley, for your kind words and sharing your views.
    Best wishes.

  6. Thanks Jennifer, for your kind words and continuous support.I always value your participation.You have been a source of inspiration for me.
    Good luck.

  7. Hi Surjit,

    "With peace of mind a poor man is rich; without it, a rich man is poor."

    Maybe that's the reason why the King in your story seek after peace.

    Many people seek peace through meditation, listen to special music, go to a seclude place, etc.

    Well, Peace comes from within.
    May we all attain peace at any moment!

    Surjit, thanks for the post.

  8. Very thoughtful words....May we all attain peace at any moment......
    Thanks Sam Chan, for adding your insightful words to my post.
    Good luck.

  9. Karen LynchMay 11, 2007

    I love this post! Peace comes from within! We cannot control the outside conditions but we can only control our own reactions and reflections! I enjoyed the story very much!

  10. Good Friday afternoon Surjit,
    I love how PEACEFUL your blog always makes me feel when I come to visit !

    I love the image of the 2 doves with the gorgeous blue sky background

    Blessings to you, and a happy
    Mother's Day weekend !

  11. Profound words,Karen.. 'Peace comes from within! We cannot control the outside conditions but we can only control our own reactions and reflections.'....
    Thanks Karen, for sharing your insightful views.Good luck and happy weekend.

  12. Welcome Loving Annie.You have been a source of inspiration for me.I am really grateful to you for this.
    Thanks for your kind words.Wish you a happy
    Mother's Day weekend.

  13. AnonymousMay 12, 2007

    Thanks for such a wonderful post. When I read it, I could not stop my self to comment up on. It teach me right, the peace is where, there is sound, noise and life. Keep writing.
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  14. Thanks Anonymous, for your kind words.I am glad that you like my posts.
    Best wishes.

  15. Hi there

    What a wonderful post - thank you for popping by my site which resulted in drawing me here..

    Your vision of peace is very applicable to my blog. When looking at whether or not to escape england - one has to consider whether they can find peace here simply by changing their attitude...

    However - I think that there are conditions which make it easier to find peace, and unfortunately th consumerism of the west - makes it much harder..??

  16. Yes Tina,you have given the answer...'one has to consider whether they can find peace here simply by changing their attitude...'
    Thanks for sharing your down to earth views.Best wishes.

  17. Brilliant post Surjit and one which truly touches my heart. My wife was away from work for one week due to a lingering illness and she is still feeling giddy and nauseous now. The doctor says its temporary but I really hope so as its been such a long time. Your post on peace really helped me through this period of turmoil, especially when my work is also at a particularly stressful period.

  18. I am glad Cool Insider, that you have liked my post.
    I wish speedy recovery for your wife.You are a noble person.God bless you.
    My best wishes for your family.