There was once a farmer who had a monkey servant. This monkey was especially naughty and ALWAYS looking to get up to mischief (as is usually the way with monkeys).
So, to put the monkey to good use and keep him out of trouble, the farmer told the monkey to milk his entire herd of cows.
The monkey did as he was told and milked and milked and milked until every single last cow was dry.
With no more cows to milk, the monkey was once more free to get up to mischief. And so he did.
Seeing this, the farmer came up with another task for the monkey. He took him outside and showed the monkey his three biggest fields – fields that stretched as far as the eye could see. The farmer told the monkey to plough them.
The monkey did as he was told. For many, long days and nights, he toiled hard in the fields.
But eventually, all three fields had been perfectly ploughed and the monkey was again free to look for trouble. And so he did.
Finally, the farmer brought the monkey to the flagpole in the middle of the farm and told the monkey to run up it. Once he was at the top, the farmer told him to run back down again.
The monkey did as he was told and ran up the pole and then down again. Thinking this was an easy task (and a silly one at that) for the farmer to give him, he asked his master, “What would you have me do now?”
To which the farmer replied, “Keep running up and down the flagpole – until I tell you to stop”. And so the monkey did.
From that day on, the monkey was kept out of trouble and the farmer didn’t have to worry about keeping him occupied anymore.
This story is a metaphor for how mantras can benefit us by keeping our ‘mind monkey’ busy and hence, allow us to find peace and stillness. Whenever the monkey in our mind is idle and able to seek out mischief, we’ll always be on edge. Our thoughts will chatter away and our minds will be like pinball machines, going from one thing to the next.
Repeating a mantra keeps our mind monkey focused on a simple, repetitive task, preventing it from running wild and causing a ruckus in our mind’s farm.
Mind Monkey Tamer,
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