Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Wisdom in Patience !
There once lived a great warrior. Though quite old, he still was able to defeat any challenger. His reputation extended far and wide throughout the land and many students gathered to study under him.
One day an infamous young warrior arrived at the village. He was determined to be the first man to defeat the great master. Along with his strength, he had an uncanny ability to spot and exploit any weakness in his opponent. He would wait for his opponent to make the first move, thus revealing a weakness, and then would strike with merciless force and lightning speed. No one had ever lasted with him in a match beyond the first move.
Much against the advice of his concerned students, the old master gladly accepted the young warrior's challenge. As the two squared off for battle, the young warrior began to hurl insults at the old master. He also threw dirt and spit on his face. For hours he verbally assaulted him with every curse and insult known to mankind. But the old warrior merely stood there motionless and calm. Finally, the young warrior exhausted himself. Knowing he was defeated, he left feeling shamed.
Somewhat disappointed that he did not fight the insolent youth, the students gathered around the old master and questioned him, “How could you endure such an indignity? How did you drive him away?"
The old master smiled and replied, "If someone comes to give you a gift and you do not receive it, to whom does the gift belong?"
Moral of the Story ….
Friends, although patience has been used as part of exploiting others in every field, patience itself is a beautiful quality. To be patient is to have trust in nature, trust in existence, trust in oneself. Patience is a great alchemy and it has a tremendous potential to change suffering into blessing. Patience is a great instrument in one’s hands and one has to only understand that this instrument has to be used by oneself & not by others on you.
There are people who keep thinking about everything with negative intentions and such people may become good critics, but will remain utter failures in their lives.
Friends, it is a change of perspective that brings patience in us. One should trust that, everything comes to us in its own time, when we are ripe and when we deserve it.
Have a Great Day Friends !