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The Story Of Buddha And The Warrior

The Story Of Buddha And The Warrior

One day, a young warrior came to Lord Buddha. “Lord Buddha”, he said, “I have come to you because I have a problem and I don’t know how to solve it.” The Buddha looked at him and said, “Tell me what the problem is and I will surely help you.” “My Lord, I am a warrior and I am meant to fight. But I cannot do it. I am too scared.” The Buddha asked, “What is it that you are afraid of?”. The warrior bowed his head and said “I find fighting too aggressive. It is unfriendly and dangerous and it scares me to my core. I am a warrior, so I am forced to pick up arms and fight. But I always lose my nerve and end up losing the fight.” The Buddha smiled and said “Dear warrior, you always lose because of Fear. It has gripped you and that’s why you can’t win.” The warrior bowed low to The Buddha and asked, “Then, please tell me what to do. How can I conquer Fear?” “The only way to defeat Fear is to face it”, Buddha then told the young warrior what he was supposed to do. The day of the battle arrived. The warrior stood on one side, and Fear stood on the other. The warrior felt very small, while Fear looked big and full of wrath. They both had their weapons drawn and were ready to do battle. Then, the young warrior remembered the advice of Buddha. He roused himself and walked towards Fear. He prostrated three times, and asked, “May I have permission to go into battle with you?” Fear was surprised and said, “Thank you for showing me so much respect.” Then the young warrior said, “Oh Fear, please tell me: how can I defeat you?” Fear replied, “My weapons are that I talk fast, and I get very close to your face. That completely unnerves you, and you do whatever I say. But if you don’t do what I tell you, then I have no power. You can listen to me, and you can respect me. You can even be convinced by me. But if you don’t do what I say, then I am powerless before you.” Thus, the warrior learned how to defeat Fear. Moral: Fear whispers into your ears all the time. But whether or not you want to listen to it is entirely your choice. Many of us make the mistake of believing the fearful stories and fear the scenarios that we confront in our imagination. Instead, what if you chose to befriend fear? Instead of letting fear paralyze you, what if you decided to still go ahead and do the thing that you fear? Fear is built on structures of assumptions and grows due to lack of action and lack of awareness. Once you move through the fog of fear and shine the light of awareness, once you action and move forward, then fear loses its power and efficacy.
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