Archive | May 14, 2013

Story of The Old Samurai

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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 old 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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Each Person Shines His Own Way

A samurai who was known for his nobility and honesty, went to visit a Zen monk to ask him for his advice.

When the monk had finished his prayers, the Samurai asked, “Why do I feel so inferior? I have faced death many times, have defended those who are weak. Nevertheless, upon seeing you meditating, I felt that my life had absolutely no importance whatsoever.”

“Wait. Once I have attended to all those who come to see me today, I shall answer you.” – replied the monk.

The samurai spent the whole day sitting in the temple gardens, watching the people go in and out in search of advice. He saw how the monk received them all with the same patience and the same illuminated smile on his face.

At nightfall, when everyone had gone, he demanded: “Now can you teach me?”

The master invited him in and lead him to his room. The full moon shone in the sky, and the atmosphere was one of profound tranquility.

“Do you see the moon, how beautiful it is? It will cross the entire firmament, and tomorrow the sun will shine once again.”

“But sunlight is much brighter, and can show the details of the landscape around us: trees, mountains, clouds.”

“I have contemplated the two for years, and have never heard the moon say: why do I not shine like the sun? Is it because I am inferior?”

“Of course not.” – answered the samurai. “The moon and the sun are different things, each has its own beauty. You cannot compare the two.”

“So you know the answer. We are two different people, each fighting in his own way for that which he believes, and making it possible to make the world a better place; the rest are mere appearances.”

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Engagement Poem

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Today is the first anniversary of our engagement. I still remember a year ago kevin, my fiance, giving a gift box containing a diamond ring and a piece of pink paper. He said: “Read this letter at night when you want to sleep. Later at night, I opened the letter and smiled. An engagement poem… and here’s the poem…

Once upon a time you met
and shared much love and laughter
May your Engagement continue the fairy tale
happy Ever After

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Love is a miracle, sweet as can be,
That will always remain a complete mystery.
For though it is something that’s centuries old,
It cannot be purchased for silver or gold.
But instead must be given of one’s own free will,
And received with no promises it must fulfill.
And once it’s exchanged in this time-honored way,
There’s nothing that love cannot manage to say.
No problems too great and no problems too small,
For love, like a miracle, conquers them all.
And leaves in their place such a feeling of peace,
That joy, just like love, cannot help but increase!

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A future filled with happiness
A special wish for you
Days filled with joy and happiness
And all your dreams come true

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To a very special couple
Who make a perfect pair
This brings a wish for happiness
In the future you will share.

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May your engagement be the beginning
of a lifetime filled with special
love and happiness.

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As you start out together
Along life’s busy road
Remember, bring your dreams with you,
They lighten every load
And then you will discover
As your journey starts today
That happiness walks with you
Hand-in-hand along the way.

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A fairytale has just begun in the most perfect way,
Down on one knee a ring was given, “YES” did the lady say,
But this is not a dream you’re in, this is love that’s true,
Now all await with eagerness the day you’ll say “I do!”

This poem was not originally written by my fiance, but I was deeply moved and can’t wait for the time I say: “Yes, I do…! “ at the the church altar in a holy matrimony.

I am grateful to God that already gave me a great person into my life. He is not just fiance,moreover he is my friend, teacher, guide,my inspiration,  and he is my life.. I love you,Kevin.

My fiance took the poem from : Engagement Verse Poem  http://www.imag-e-nation.com

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