Monday, February 1, 2010

You are not Bound.....

Today I would like to share a amazing story on my blog.
Once upon a time, there lived a cowherd who took the cows to the meadows every morning and brought them back to the cow shed in the evening. Before he left for the night, he made sure that all the cowswere properly tied to their posts so that they would not wander away in the night.
One evening, he found that one of the cows was missing its rope.The boy was in a fix. He couldn't leave the cow untied as she would probably runaway and get lost. It was important to make sure the cow would be safe and secure through the night. It was already dark and too late to go and buy a new rope from town which was quite far away.
There lived a monk nearby. The cowherd approached him, thinking he may have some spare rope with which he could tie up the cow. When he narrated his dilemma to the monk, he just smiled and said to him, "Don't worry my child. Just go back to the cow, stand next to her and pretend that you are tying her. Make sure that the cow sees you doing it, and that will be enough. The cow will stay where she is.'' That sounded funny, but the wisdom which of the monk made the boy follow what he said.
"The boy went back to the cow shed and did as the monk had told him. He pretended that he was tying the cow to the post. When the boy returned the next morning, he found to his amazement that the cow had remained absolutely still throughout the night. The boy untied all the cows as usual and was about to go to the meadows,when he noticed that the cow with the missing rope was still lying down next to the post. He tried to coax her back to the herd, but she wouldn't budge. The boy thought the monk had cast some magic on his cow which had made her stay put there without moving.
The boy was perplexed, so he went back to the monk to ask him remove the magic and let his cow move.  The monk listened to the boy and smiled. ''Look, my child", he said, "the cow still thinksthat she is bound to the post. Yesterday when the rope was missing, you pretended that you were tying her. This morning you untied all the cows except this particular one. You thought it wasn't necessary as she wasn't actually tied up.But because of your little act last night,the cow still believes that she is tied to the post. So now you have to go back and pretend that you are setting her free. It is all in the mind of the cow and there is no magic in this.'' The boy returned to the cow and pretended to untie her. The cow immediately got up and ran off to join the herd.
Due to our ignorance, we believe that we are bound just like the cow, when, in fact, we are completely free. We are not bound. Most of our bondage are imaginary. We all know it so well.. We know we are free souls and always have been free.. but like the cow, we see the imaginary ties being tied and somewhere deep in our souls we feel we are bound to so many relationships, nations, caste, society etc. We can run and join the herd or can wait for some one to come over and untie the imaginary bond we have created in our lives.... The choice is always left to us. I know I have a choice.


  1. Farila, how very well but with such eloquence.

  2. .. all the world's a stage..he left out the type of play ..a cruel comedy ..
    This is excellent, imaginary bonds . I need a big imaginary axe!.

    Blessing and hugs..


  3. You are so right. We keep ourself tied to the past in many ways. We need to learn to cut those ties. Great story.

  4. I just loved this! You are quite right, we tie ourselves up in things that aren't even there.
    Why make problems for ourselves that don't exist?
    Life is full of real problems without inventing more for ourselves.
    Oh, to be able to run free without any ties in our lives!

  5. but we also somehow thrive on this ties that keep us rooted. Are we scared of floating away?????

  6. It's so true. Our bonds are only as tight as we believe them to be

  7. wow..that was amazing..!! touched my heart..!!
    life is indeed a sarcastic comedy..!

  8. That is so true - wonderfully illustrated Farila!

    Kitty x

  9. Poor cow, feeling dejected and forgotten. If only she'd thought to check and look at the rope properly.

    Sorry I've been AWOL over here for so long.


  10. Thank you for popping by my blog. I very much enjoyed this post. How poignant and eloquent. I am glad you found me! I will thank dear Alice!

  11. Farila, so true.We could break all those tight bonds and float away!
    But truly could we do it? or attempt it.
    I just loved this post!
    Just so you know i just love you.
    Betty ManousoS /CUT AND DRY xx

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    Big Hugs!


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