|14-Meaning of Peace|
14-Real Meaning of Peace
There once was a king who offered a prize to the artist who would paint the best picture of peace. Many artists tried and participated in the contest. The king looked at all the pictures. But there were only two pictures he really liked most, and now he had to choose one between them.
One picture was of a calm lake. The lake was a perfect mirror for the peaceful towering mountains all 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 in which lightning played. Down the side of the mountain tumbled a foaming waterfall. This did not look peaceful at all.
But when the king looked closely, 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. There, in the midst of the rush of angry water, sat the mother bird on her nest - in perfect peace.
Which picture do you think won the prize? The king chose the second picture. Do you know why?
Created by Sushma Gupta on May 27, 2001
Modified on 10/01/13