Each Person Shines His Own Way

by Stephen on April 1, 2013 · 35 comments

in Moral Stories

A samurai who was known for his nobility and honesty, went to visit a Zen monk to ask him for his advice.

When the monk had finished his prayers, the Samurai asked, “Why do I feel so inferior? I have faced death many times, have defended those who are weak. Nevertheless, upon seeing you meditating, I felt that my life had absolutely no importance whatsoever.”

“Wait. Once I have attended to all those who come to see me today, I shall answer you.” – replied the monk.

The samurai spent the whole day sitting in the temple gardens, watching the people go in and out in search of advice. He saw how the monk received them all with the same patience and the same illuminated smile on his face.

At nightfall, when everyone had gone, he demanded: “Now can you teach me?”

The master invited him in and lead him to his room. The full moon shone in the sky, and the atmosphere was one of profound tranquility.

“Do you see the moon, how beautiful it is? It will cross the entire firmament, and tomorrow the sun will shine once again.”

“But sunlight is much brighter, and can show the details of the landscape around us: trees, mountains, clouds.”

“I have contemplated the two for years, and have never heard the moon say: why do I not shine like the sun? Is it because I am inferior?”

“Of course not.” – answered the samurai. “The moon and the sun are different things, each has its own beauty. You cannot compare the two.”

“So you know the answer. We are two different people, each fighting in his own way for that which he believes, and making it possible to make the world a better place; the rest are mere appearances.”

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{ 35 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Mohit Kapoor April 1, 2013 at 10:52 am

Simply Amazing……… πŸ™‚

2 Petty April 1, 2013 at 5:39 pm

Very true and insipiring indeed. I love it!!!

3 Mmalolo April 1, 2013 at 6:53 pm

What a lesson!!!

4 Mosopefoluwa April 1, 2013 at 8:10 pm

We are unique in our own way.

5 Emmanuel April 1, 2013 at 11:26 pm

Very true… Each person is unique in his own ways and destiny. πŸ™‚

6 Amudha April 2, 2013 at 12:10 am


7 Lino April 2, 2013 at 1:51 am

What a beautiful answer simple but de best.

8 M A Khan April 2, 2013 at 2:31 am

Nice lesson

9 Sonsolata April 2, 2013 at 6:57 am

I am inspired..keep it up.

10 Nobert Wanjala April 2, 2013 at 1:24 pm

Very true! I think the author just substituted my name for the samurai. I feel touched.

11 Kusum April 3, 2013 at 12:34 pm

Very true… every person is unique in his own ways.

12 Murali Krishna April 4, 2013 at 5:57 am

Nice story

13 Ritu Gupta April 4, 2013 at 6:04 am

Very true..short but amazing… love it…

14 Subba April 4, 2013 at 9:10 am

We generally compare with others and we feel low and disappointed. We have to know that we are unique in our own ways.

15 Rajiv April 5, 2013 at 10:26 pm

Really, your stories are motivational and teach a lot. Thanks for these and to enlighten the lives.

16 Ezekiel Mudi April 6, 2013 at 12:00 am


17 Jabeena April 10, 2013 at 1:56 am

Very nice and Good one….

18 Melese April 11, 2013 at 7:29 am

Keep it up!

19 Michael April 12, 2013 at 2:32 am

True and delicious.

20 Ben Ayorinde April 15, 2013 at 5:04 pm

Differences make a team.

21 Priyanka April 22, 2013 at 7:18 am

Simple superb. Keep going. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ …………

22 Manoj Tamang May 14, 2013 at 8:13 am

Very true, we should compare rather see goodness..in all things we see..

23 Satish Deshmukh May 24, 2013 at 9:48 am

Nice story

24 Pastor Sam May 26, 2013 at 8:53 pm

Quite inspiring. Sounds like true life story!

25 Shikhar May 28, 2013 at 7:29 am

So simple..so pure..so deep.

26 shradha bhargava May 28, 2013 at 12:21 pm

Well said. Similarly, each child has ability of its own never compare any child u have the best.

27 Arun Sonkamble May 30, 2013 at 10:55 am

It’s very simple in our life we realize now.

28 Dr. Derrick Angelsz June 2, 2013 at 1:33 am

Simply beautiful!

29 Mapula June 2, 2013 at 5:58 am

I like this, it does indeed remind me that I am a unique person and thus I must not compare myself to others.

30 Maggi Malil June 7, 2013 at 12:44 pm


31 Nelson July 7, 2013 at 6:07 am

Love the story.

32 Wanjiru July 9, 2013 at 6:51 am

What should I say….awesome, cute, nice, above all life lesson learned. Thank you.

33 Camilia August 26, 2013 at 12:10 pm

Awesome story .. very touching.

34 Swati pandey November 8, 2014 at 1:22 am

Marvelous one….. teaches, one of the life’s biggest lesson.

35 Sanaa November 19, 2014 at 8:14 pm

I don’t get it

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