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Anger, Envy & Insults

Near Tokyo lived a great Samurai, now old, who decided to teach Zen Buddhism to young people.

One afternoon, a warrior – known for his complete lack of scruples – arrived there. The young and impatient warrior had never lost a fight. Hearing of the Samurai’s reputation, he had come to defeat him, and increase his fame.

All the students were against the idea, but the old man accepted the challenge.

All gathered on the town square, and the young man started insulting the old master. He threw a few rocks in his direction, spat in his face, shouted every insult under the sun – he even insulted his ancestors.

For hours, he did everything to provoke him, but the old man remained impassive. At the end of the afternoon, by now feeling exhausted and humiliated, the impetuous warrior left.

Disappointed by the fact that the master had received so many insults and provocations, the students asked: “How could you bear such indignity? Why didn’t you use your sword, even knowing you might lose the fight, instead of displaying your cowardice in front of us all?”

“If someone comes to you with a gift, and you do not accept it, who does the gift belong to?” – asked the old Samurai.

“He who tried to deliver it.” – replied one of his disciples.

“The same goes for envy, anger and insults.” – said the master. “When they are not accepted, they continue to belong to the one who carried them.”


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  • Abhijeet August 12, 2014, 8:46 am

    That’s the secret. & now I got it. It’s gonna be very very helpful.

  • Vishal Patel August 26, 2013, 6:34 am

    Superb. This website is superb.

  • Santosh August 15, 2013, 2:42 am

    It is a good story but it is very difficult and painful to follow it in practical life..

  • Esther July 9, 2013, 6:35 am

    Awesome!!!

  • Andrea June 16, 2013, 4:37 am

    This is a very timely moral stories especially for the children especially for those children who experience or experiencing bullying…ignore & soon you will know who will get tired is the one who will in the end never win…bully people never win…

  • Deepa May 23, 2013, 3:19 am

    Being foolish, sometimes works with such people.

  • Dr Carlovadil May 17, 2013, 9:39 pm

    This is so inspiring… As a professor this is a big help to me…

  • Mitali Vyas May 16, 2013, 10:10 am

    Wonderful, that’s a sprit.

  • Priyanka May 7, 2013, 1:41 am

    Very nice. Excellent. Keep going. 🙂 ………….. 🙂

  • LovelyYEL22 April 30, 2013, 7:32 am

    It’s so nice, I really enjoyed it.

  • Arti Singh April 25, 2013, 11:41 am

    It is really nice.

  • Orima April 24, 2013, 2:35 am

    Excellent one!

  • Halima April 12, 2013, 6:34 am

    Simply awesome. It made me have some courageous ideas. I love it.

  • Tee Why April 12, 2013, 4:20 am

    So inspiring

  • Jasvinder April 11, 2013, 12:23 pm

    If we all understand the message of the story, apply to our practical life, we will have a wonderful world on the earth.

  • Onahi April 11, 2013, 11:58 am

    Very true!

  • Jabeena April 10, 2013, 1:59 am

    Exactly True….

  • Sridhar Babu Addanki April 8, 2013, 7:41 am

    Great

  • Vulture April 8, 2013, 3:54 am

    Very inspiring and emotional. Thanks for sharing! But, I think he could do sth better than what he did. He could change his those negative traits to positive one. At that time he would have displayed true heroism! TK

  • Kawl April 8, 2013, 2:39 am

    Thanks for sharing….. I love it…plz keep on doing so.

  • Sangeeta April 8, 2013, 12:15 am

    Very True.

  • Lehlogonolo April 7, 2013, 7:25 pm

    @Bevla. You are right hey

  • ^_^ April 7, 2013, 3:14 pm

    Simply “AWESOME”

  • Chillydol April 7, 2013, 3:07 pm

    Very inspiring !!!

  • Rozy April 7, 2013, 1:54 pm

    True

  • Belva April 7, 2013, 1:01 pm

    We should learn & implement the morals from the stories we read on this site.

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