A pilgrim once met a hermit and said – “I want peace.”
The hermit took a piece of stick and wrote on the ground: ‘I want peace’.
-“Now, look how simple this is!”
In one move, he crossed out ‘I’.
“My child, you need to delete first the ‘I’. It is impossible for anyone who trusts in himself to find peace on his own, away from God. The ‘I” always feels threatened by everybody and everything and drives away God and His Peace.”
In one move, the hermit crossed out ‘want’.
My child, you need to delete the ‘want’ too. ‘Want’ reveals desires, needs and worldly attachments. No matter how many of your worldly desires you fulfil, new ones, unfulfilled, will upset you and deprive you from peace.”
Then, the pilgrim looked at the ground, saw the crossed out words and understood. ‘I’ and ‘want’ had been crossed out and …Peace was there!