Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Spirtual Warrior sounds corny, doesn't it? I wish there was a better term

Difficulties and obstacles, if properly understood and used, can turn out to be an unexpected source of strength. Gesar was the great warrior king of Tibet, whose escapades form the greatest epic of Tibetan literature. Gesar means “indomitable,” someone who can never be put down. From the moment Gesar was born, his evil uncle Trotung tried all kinds of means to kill him. But with each attempt Gesar only grew stronger and stronger.

For the Tibetans, Gesar is not only a martial warrior but also a spiritual one. To be a spiritual warrior means to develop a special kind of courage, one that is innately intelligent, gentle, and fearless. Spiritual warriors can still be frightened, but even so they are courageous enough to taste suffering, to relate clearly to their fundamental fear, and to draw out without evasion the lessons from difficulties. — Sogyal Rinpoche


Tojosan said...

Spiritual Warrior is a great term. I'd say the term is universal across all substantial religious systems.

Paul, in the Christian Bible, calls on Christians to be Spiritual Warriors.

Nice quote to share!

emdot said...

Love to think about it in other religions, too, Tojosan! Thanks for the reminder.