Perseverance

The definition of perseverance is to continue in a course of action even in the face of difficulty or with little or no prospect of success.
Sometimes in our practice it feels like we are making no progress. We push and we struggle, but no new growth comes of it. We begin to feel hopeless that what we are trying to accomplish is far from our reach. That's when it's important to remember these words from Buddha:

"When you dig a well, there’s no sign of water until you reach it, only rocks and dirt to move out of the way. You have removed enough; soon the pure water will flow.".
Removing the obstacles, such as the doubt, the fears, and the limiting beliefs are always a good start. That alone requires much effort and awareness but are an essential part of change. Confucius said, " “The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.”

There lessons here are made for us to recognize that the rocks, walls, obstacles are there for a reason. Not to keep us out necessarily, but to give us a chance to see how badly we want something. Nothing worth having ever comes easy, but if you believe and persevere, all is coming.

The Mystery behind the Rainfall:

In a village there lived a saint who had a remarkable power. He could make the rain fall whenever he wanted by dancing under the open sky. It, hence, became a custom that whenever the villagers faced the the threat of a drought, they requested the sage in order to bring the rain.

Every thing in the village was going normal when an incident happened. Few guys from the city visited that village. They after having stayed for few days learnt about that special and occult capacity of the sage. They completely derided the whole story and they thought that villagers are fooled by a scoundrel. They after listening decided that they must disillusion these rustics and find out the real truth.

They challenged the sage and they said that even they can do the same. A day was decided and people from all over the village gathered due to the intense curiosity and anger that these urban champs had aroused by challenging their venerable sage.

The day was sunny and no trace of cloud could be seen. These guys confident and arrogant started dancing but nothing happened. They continued for one hour but nothing happened: no clouds came; not a single raindrop fell. They just accepted their defeat and in shame left the yard where they were dancing.

Now, it was the turn of the sage. He began to dance. Nothing happened. He continued to dance for the next one hour. Nothing changed. He never stopped and went on dancing. Every one, specially the urban boys, was watching the phenomenon with great intent. Three hours elapsed but no cloud appeared in the sky. The sage was still dancing, even after six hours had elapsed since he had started dancing. The sage was dancing since eight hours and now it seemed that his continuous efforts are all for vain but suddenly miracle happened. Clusters of cloud veiled the sky and within few minutes it started to rain.

Now, the people were applauding the resting saint, when these guys approached him for apology. He smiled and said, "Son, even you all might be wondering now that I have some occult powers but let me clarify I have none. I only kept two things in my mind. The first thing 1. I have a firm belief that when I will dance it will rain and 2. I will dance until it rains."

Today's intention, brought to you by: faith and perseverance- an essential part of a healthy diet. ;)