STORIES: “Teachings from an old Samurai” “Enseñanzas de un anciano Samurai”

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To make us think…..

A great Samurai lived near Tokyo, he was very old and used to teach his young disciples. Despite his advanced age, as the legend goes, he was still capable of winning in battle against any adversary.

A warrior known for his unscrupulous behavior, and famous for his provocation techniques, he would wait for his adversary to make the first move and then with great speed and precision  he would strike back. He was impatient and he had never lost a battle. Aware  of the great reputation of the old Samurai, the warrior decided to dare him to fight so he could win and add to his personal reputation and fame.

All the students were against it but the old Samurai accepted the challenge.Everybody went to the city plaza were the warrior was waiting for the Samurai.

The warrior  started insulting the great Samurai and even insulting his ancestors, he spit on his face and even threw some stones in his direction.The Samurai remained impassive and at peace.

He yelled every insult and for hours he tried everything he could to provoke the old Samurai. Finally the impetuous warrior, exhausted and humiliated,  left the plaza.

The Samurai students were disenchanted with their teacher for having allowed so much provocation and insults without defending himself so they asked their teacher:

Master, how could you bear such indignity?  Why didn’t you use your sword? Even if you could have lost the battle, at least you would not look like a coward in front of all of us.

The Samurai replied:  If somebody brings you a gift and you don’t accept it, to whom does the git belong to?

One of the students answered: “To the person who brought the gift.”

The Samurai added: “the same applies to envy, anger and insults…when they are not accepted, they continue to belong to the person who carries them with him.”

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Enseñanzas de un Samurai

Para hacernos pensar……..

Cerca de Tokio vivía un gran samurai ya anciano, que se dedicaba a enseñar a los jóvenes.

A pesar de su edad, corría la leyenda de que  todavía era capaz de derrotar a cualquier adversario.

Cierta  tarde, un guerrero conocido por su total falta de escrúpulos, apareció por allí.  Era famoso por utilizar la técnica de la provocación.
Esperaba a  que su adversario hiciera el primer movimiento y, dotado de una inteligencia privilegiada para reparar en los errores cometidos, contraatacaba con velocidad  fulminante.
El joven e impaciente guerrero jamás había  perdido una lucha.  Con la reputación del samurai, se fue hasta allí para derrotarlo y aumentar su fama.

Todos los estudiantes se manifestaron en contra de la idea, pero el viejo aceptó el  desafío.

Juntos, todos se dirigieron a la plaza  de la ciudad y el joven comenzaba a insultar al anciano maestro. Arrojó  algunas piedras en su dirección, le escupió en la cara, le gritó todos los  insultos conocidos -ofendiendo incluso a sus  ancestros-.
Durante horas hizo todo por provocarlo, pero el viejo permaneció impasible.

Al final de la tarde, sintiéndose ya exhausto y humillado, el impetuoso guerrero se retiró.

Desilusionados por el hecho de que el maestro  aceptara tantos insultos y provocaciones, los alumnos le preguntaron:
-¿Cómo pudiste, maestro, soportar tanta indignidad?  ¿Por qué no usaste tu espada, aún sabiendo que podías perder la lucha, en vez de mostrarte cobarde delante de todos nosotros?
El maestro les preguntó:
-Si alguien llega hasta ustedes con un regalo y ustedes no lo aceptan, ¿a quién pertenece el obsequio?
-A quien intentó entregarlo- respondió uno de los alumnos.
– Lo mismo vale para la envidia, la rabia y los insultos -dijo el maestro-.
Cuando no se aceptan, continúan  perteneciendo a quien los llevaba consigo.

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3 Comments Add yours

  1. Profound and awe-inspiring story, Amira and yes it is so true why say anything cause it does not affect the person but it does the other who blasts all nonsense. True and so nice to be abiding in these peaceful quotes.

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    1. Thank you so much dear Kamal! Yes, so true dear friend, we share the love for these Zen stories that always bring us a valuable lesson 🙂 ❤

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      1. So true and these stories tell the truth in such simple ways that it is easy to imbibe in our lives too. Welcome Amira.

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