Saturday, December 31, 2011

Intensity of problem and our perception

The intensity of the problem is more a function of the mind. The problem remains the same and how we perceive it determines its size. Invariably when you think of a problem in the middle of the night, it appears difficult and not easy of resolution but the same problem appears minor in the morning.

I read a story in a book by VIshal Goyal on Tenali Rama.It seems that once a man approached Tenali Rama complaining that he found his home small and noisy and would like to change for a spacious and less noisy one without spending any money. Tenali Rama advised the man to bring his chicken, horse, cows and sheep inside the house and live with them. The man though perplexed complied with the advice. The next day he came rushing to Tenali Rama saying that his place is cramped and very noisy and smelling and that he cannot put up with the animals anymore. Tenali advised him to remove the animals away. On doing this the man found his house spacious and very quiet and could breathe happily. It was the same house in the same place.

The lesson given by the author is “”Every problem has a ‘context’. If you change the ‘context’, the problem may cease to exist.". This is somewhat like a nagging mild head ache receding totally into background when afflicted with a bigger ailment or some pressing issue crying for attention. The nature of the problem depends upon the opinion we attach to it and it is within our power to change our opinion and thereby the nature of the problem from bad to good.

"Peace. It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart.”


  1. SO beautifully put, and so very true. I wish we could all do the same when we are faced with some intense problem plaguing us.
    Wish you A Very Happy New Year!

  2. Very well explained. Everything is in our mind.

    Thank you! Wish you a very very Happy New Year, Partha Sir!

  3. Wish you a Happy new year and seek your blessings.
    The post was a good one.
    Good interpretation.
    Wish we had the intelligence nad presense of mind to apply it when needed.

  4. One's perspective of an object changes the object. That's what I have always thought. Yet many will come up to say that it's easier said than done.

    Yes and no. Yes for some people .. because of old habits of thinking which are difficult to change. Similar to comfort zones. - No for those who have this eternal quest for adventure, who understand that what we see with our eyes can be so much different from what we are able to see with our hearts and minds.

    Blessings to you and yours for the incoming year 2012. Happy New Year!

  5. Thanks for sharing such a nice story :) I always love to read stories of tenali ramana..

  6. Great. It is all about perceiving things in a positive way. Love it <3

  7. Very True and a wonderful example. Often we tend to magnify and read too much into the Problem, when the problem in itself was not challenging. It all depends on our perception. Inspiring.