Anger, Envy & Insults

by Stephen on April 7, 2013 · 26 comments

in Moral Stories

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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{ 26 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Belva April 7, 2013 at 1:01 pm

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2 Rozy April 7, 2013 at 1:54 pm


3 Chillydol April 7, 2013 at 3:07 pm

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4 ^_^ April 7, 2013 at 3:14 pm

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5 Lehlogonolo April 7, 2013 at 7:25 pm

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6 Sangeeta April 8, 2013 at 12:15 am

Very True.

7 Kawl April 8, 2013 at 2:39 am

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8 Vulture April 8, 2013 at 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

9 Sridhar Babu Addanki April 8, 2013 at 7:41 am


10 Jabeena April 10, 2013 at 1:59 am

Exactly True….

11 Onahi April 11, 2013 at 11:58 am

Very true!

12 Jasvinder April 11, 2013 at 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.

13 Tee Why April 12, 2013 at 4:20 am

So inspiring

14 Halima April 12, 2013 at 6:34 am

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15 Orima April 24, 2013 at 2:35 am

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16 Arti Singh April 25, 2013 at 11:41 am

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18 Priyanka May 7, 2013 at 1:41 am

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19 Mitali Vyas May 16, 2013 at 10:10 am

Wonderful, that’s a sprit.

20 Dr Carlovadil May 17, 2013 at 9:39 pm

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

21 Deepa May 23, 2013 at 3:19 am

Being foolish, sometimes works with such people.

22 Andrea June 16, 2013 at 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…

23 Esther July 9, 2013 at 6:35 am


24 Santosh August 15, 2013 at 2:42 am

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

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26 Abhijeet August 12, 2014 at 8:46 am

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