Why A Watched Pot Never Boils?


Boredom Is The Root Cause of All Evil!

“Desire is root cause of all evil,” or so you’re told. Well, whoever that mighty intelligent fellow was, my kudos to him, but at the end of my day, I prefer to say “Boredom is the root cause of all evil.” Why the hell, it’s so damn boring to wait for something and why do we wait?

Boredom is related to waiting, I think, most of you would agree to that. Why do we wait? We wait because we want or need something. Boredom and waiting might be two sides of the same coin, which is all evil; or boredom and waiting might be synonyms. I don’t know exactly what is true.

Boredom Is Mind!

Boredom is the mind. Don’t get puzzled, dumbfounded and obfuscated in the fog of fancy words! Mind is nothing but thoughts. If you go on a hunt to search mind, you would fail. You would not be able to find it, because such is the nature of mind; more slippery than sand and deceiving trickster at its best. Thoughts, when they’re normal, suggest that your mind is calm. An agitated mind has the storm of rumpelstiltskin thoughts from hither and yon. Boredom is the perception that you’re not content with the present situation. You want ‘more’ or ‘better’ or ‘more and better’. Boredom is incessant stream of impulsive and vehement crusaders of thoughts, which rush into your conscious and shout at you “This is not good, run away from here!”

Waiting Is The Very Transition of The Transition!

Waiting for something might not necessarily be out of boredom, it might also be a liability or an obligation at times. That’s why, up-thread, I didn’t indulge into saying that boredom is waiting. No, I didn’t. You’re right. Waiting, when it’s pure, might be a spiritual transcendental practice, as Eckhart Tolle says in his book Power Of Now. But the waiting with which most of us are familiar, is not so. It’s discomforting. It states loudly “I am in transition.” Though whole life story of ours is a fleeting affair from cosmic viewpoint, waiting is very transition of transition called ‘life story.’

Waiting is commotion, disharmony, and the time which is spent in waiting, becomes ‘mind’. Yes, time is mind and mind is time, as Jiddu Krishnamurti used to explain so elaborately in his lectures. To distance you from present moment is to let thoughts pour in plenty. That is what makes even a small situation a monster and a sucker. You are powerful enough to face anything, virtually anything at all, but just put masala of time into a little chemical equation and it will turn out to be your nemesis ultimatum.


Why Waiting Is A Test and Makes You Negative?

Waiting allows a lot of time to kill and it’s the time when you’re tested. You’re not really tested when solving most engrossing problems related to your job, family or life in general. No, you aren’t. It’s waiting, the highest order of test. Time just flies when your mind is absorbed by an object of attention, but when you’re waiting, it gets piled up with random thoughts.

Why do random thoughts, in absence of a creative process, make people tend to think negative? It happens. I am not spitting fudge out here. Just observe and you will come to know it. In my most humble opinion, it happens because more you think, less life-force energy you’re left with. Lower levels of life force energy mean lesser awareness, which tends to make you feel more frustrated.

Waiting is evil, so is boredom. It just means that your thoughts are driving you hard. It’s not as important to part with your present disposition, as it’s to part with those maddening thoughts.

The answers to waiting and boredom are acceptance and action.


29 thoughts on “Why A Watched Pot Never Boils?

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  2. I have zero patience and waiting will surely drive me insane. Waiting for so long for something to happen and then not a damn thing happen will turn into big dissapointment


  3. Waiting with uncertainty would be the worst kind for me! Like I had to do this morning with a flat tire on my car…waiting for the tow truck which I had no clue when it will come! When it finally decided to come, they couldn’t find my location….needless to say I was on the verge of tears thinking I am lost in the woods forever! 😀 (yea sometimes I cry over silly things like that!!)
    I love your post and the images compliment it so very well! Good job there Anand! 🙂

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  4. I’m not sure how to say it, but i think waiting is not really the evil.. it’s more about the absence of our awareness in our activity.. i mean many people unaware when they’re eating.. sorry for the bad grammar

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    1. I get you my friend and never mind Grammar and English. It’s a second language for me too 🙂

      Yes, mindfulness can remove boredom. Thanks for your kind feedback my friend 🙂

      Love and light ❤

      Anand 🙂

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  5. The worst kind of waiting is when there is disappointment at the end. Hopes and expectations dashed, dreams unfulfilled, the waiting now feels like a real waste of time. However, when at the end of a waiting period, the goal is achieved, success is realized, then the time spent seems shorter and well worth it!

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  6. Well I believe we can’t really avoid boredom in our lifetime and not everyone who is bored thinks of bad things…although as they say…”an empty mind is a devil’s workshop”. I guess if I am bored, I will just daydream, talk to a friend, watch a movie, read a book or my favorite…just sleep. 🙂

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  7. Some evils are creatively planned, but yes, frustration of joblessness and forced boredom may add to it. Think author here is re-enforcing the idea of channelising our thoughts during wait or boredom. Desire would still be the root, and boredom may be some fertilizer kind….hahaha! Think all these terrorists and criminals should take a blogging 101 kind course, so they would blog in boredom rather than evil planning.
    Great thoughts!!

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  8. Our thoughts need not drive us hard. It is important to watch our thoughts and become aware of them as just that – thoughts. Thoughts are not real; not reality. We need to let go of thoughts and not be immersed in them, allowing them drag us into them and control us. We need to remain unaffected by them. We have to remain still in the center of our beings and watch thoughts flow by, like a river or stream. Just realize what those thoughts are trying to say, if anything. We can act upon meaningful thoughts; release meaningless ones. We are not our thoughts. Majority of thoughts arise without our bidding. We need to be aware of them, observe them objectively. We must become aware of us and what is going on in our minds. Our minds are not our thoughts.
    We may be able to grasp this in another way. When we are asleep, we dream. The dream is not real. We are rested/asleep. We dream. We move along in our dreams even though we are stationary. But we feel as though we are participating in our dream sequences. A heightened sense of awareness would make us separate our dream state from reality. Thoughts may be equated with daydreaming; we can get caught up with them and give them the life that they lack. We need to be ever awake and aware of our thoughts …

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    1. Hello Thomas 🙂

      Thanks for such wonderful and thoughtful discussion. I feel what you have realized can be possible only with the deep meditation. I feel this response of yours might become a wonderful blog post on its own on your blog. It will benefit many of your readers I suppose. Thank you so much.

      LOve and light ❤

      Anand 🙂

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    1. Thanks for your input Gayatri! Are you talking about things like waiting for the bus in the commute, coffee at the vending machine, tickets at the que outside the movie theatre? Or things of psychological nature?

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