Instructive Story: How Should We Respond To Envy, Anger And Insults From Other People?

Once upon a time lived an old but wise samurai. He had a group of young students which he taught martial arts, but also wisdom.

One day, during the training, came a young soldier who was known for his brutality and cruelty…

His favorite tactic was provocation: he insulted the opponent who was losing patience, he accepted every challenge, but he made mistake after mistake with his anger and of course, he ultimately end by losing every fight.

So it happened this time: The soldier shouted a few insults and began to observe the reaction of the samurai. Samurai calmly continued his lecture. This was repeated several times. When the samurai did not react nor the third time, the soldier angrily walked out of the lecture.

The other students carefully and with curiosity observed this situation. After the soldier left, one student could not stand and began to talk:

“Teacher, why did you tolerated his attacks and insults? You needed to challenge him to a fight! “

The wise Samurai replied:

“When someone bring you a gift and you don’t accept it, then whose is the gift?”

“To the one who brought the gift,” said the students.

Samurai smiled: “The same goes for envy, hate, the insults and malice. Until you accept it, they belong to the person who brings you out! “