Once a Samurai went to visit a Zen monk to seek some advice. As he entered temple where masters were praying, see this he felt inferior and felt that in-spite of having fought for justice and peace he hadn’t even come near state of grace which was achieved was monks praying there.
As monk finished prayers.
He went to him and said, “I have faced death many times, defended weak, helped people in need and i know i have never done anything to be ashamed of. Yet when i see you meditating, i feel like my life have no importance and i feel so inferior.”
Monk replied, “I will answer you once i attend all those who came to see me, wait till then.”
Samurai waited whole day, watching people go in and out for advice. He saw that monk received all of them with patience and smile on his face.
At nightfall when everyone was gone, he went to monk and said, “Can you teach me now??”
Monk invited him inside and lead him to his room. The full moon shone in the sky, and the atmosphere was one of profound tranquility.
Monk pointed toward moon and said, “Do you see moon?? It will cross the entire firmament and tomorrow the sun will shine once again But you know Sunlight is brighter and it shows us the details of nature.
Should mood ask Why i don’t shine like sun?? Is it because i am inferior to sun??”
Samurai answered, “Of course not..!! They both are different and have their own beauty. You cannot compare the two.”
“Here is your answer.. We are two different people and we each are fighting in our own way for what he believes.. making it possible for the world to a better place.”, replied Monk.
We should not Compare ourselves with others and feel inferior to other just because they follow a different path. Everyone have to follow their own path in their life to be a better person and making world a better place.
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