INSPIRATIONAL ZEN STORIES: “In the Hands of Destiny”

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A great Japanese warrior decided to attack the enemy although he had only one-tenth the number of men the opposition commanded. He knew that he would win, but his soldiers were in doubt.

On the way he stopped at a Shinto shrine and told his men: “After I visit the shrine I will toss a coin. If heads comes, we will win; if tails, we will lose. Destiny holds us in her hand.”

He entered the shrine and offered a silent prayer. He came forth and tossed a coin. Heads appeared. His soldiers were so eager to fight that they won their battle easily.

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“No one can change the hand of destiny,” his attendant told him after the battle.

“Indeed not,” he said, showing a coin which had been doubled, with heads facing either way.

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  1. nice post-so positive and inspiring.

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