The Gift Of Insults (via Paulo Coelho’s blog)


After reading the Alchemist, I recently started following the author’s blog.

The following passage is from his blog. Please visit his blog. It is very insightful and thought provoking.

http://paulocoelhoblog.com/

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 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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3 Responses to The Gift Of Insults (via Paulo Coelho’s blog)

  1. Hanna says:

    “When they are not accepted, they continue to belong to the one who carried them.”
    I really needed these words.

  2. Yeah it is interesting and thought provoking, I never thought of things that way.

  3. Pingback: When you don’t live anywhere « The Blue Plate Special

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