A short story-An Empty Boat

“⛵Empty boat” is a famous & fabulous metaphor. Its value lies in its implementation.

A monk decides to meditate alone, away from his monastery. He takes his boat out to the middle of the lake, moors it there, closes his eyes and begins his meditation.

After a few hours of undisturbed silence, he suddenly feels the bump of another boat colliding with his own.

With his eyes still closed, he senses his anger rising, and by the time he opens his eyes, he is ready to scream at the boatman who dared disturb his meditation.

But when he opens his eyes, he sees it’s an empty boat that had probably got untethered and floated to the middle of the lake.

At that moment, the monk achieves self-realization, and understands that the anger is within him; it merely needs the bump of an external object to provoke it out of him.

From then on, whenever he comes across someone who irritates him or provokes him to anger,

he reminds himself, “The other person is merely an empty boat. The anger is within me.” Take time for introspection & search for answer:

Forwarded as received.

37 thoughts on “A short story-An Empty Boat

      1. Around my Sister’s age …30-32…though it’s very difficult to guess age with such small DP…I’m very sorry frnd if I’m wrong…28-32 may be

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      2. No..main sabkon dost ..ya frnd bolta yar….kuch hai yaha jinko maa bhi kahta ..lyk Rachana maa…kuch dada ,madhusudan dada,kuch bade bhai..ameet,shanatanu bhai .koi choti bahan ..😀😀🙂🙂🌻

        Ek family se bana li hai maine ..sab bahut pyar dete ..bahut khusi hoti

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      3. Haha but still call u frnd…dost👍👍❤🌻..

        My mother is 56🙃🙃 …age doesn’t matter…aapke post acche hote ….kaam se jaane jaate log…age is just a no.

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      4. Tumne jab apna age guess karne kaha tabhi mai puchne Vaali thi . Anyways loved talking/ chatting to you my young friend 😊 study hard and do well. Ham sabhi ko acche doctors ki jarurat hai .
        All the best.😊

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      5. Thanks so much frnd..yes want to become Neurosurgeon working hard. ..hope to become one day. ..

        Aap kaha se ho?? I’m from Prayagraj…studying in Lucknow

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      6. Welcome Nimish, great, tab to Psychology bhi padhna hoga ???
        I am from Ranchi- Dhonis’ place. 😊 but staying in Pune.
        You may call “तुम” .
        don’t change yourself.

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      7. Ok. Good.
        Mera subject bhi psychology rahaa hai.
        Who is not Mahi’s fan ?
        I stayed in Lucknow for 5-6 yrs. Allahabad is a nice place too. Kumbh ke baad ke pollutions ka kya haal hai ? Is it cleaned properly?

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      8. Improving but lot of small industries are there so not very clean…also kanpur hub of pigs and buffaloes…lot of animal slaughtering reported there ….

        In terms of cleanliness Kanpur is far below

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