I recently read this Zen Story.

During a momentous battle, a Japanese general decided to attack even though his army was greatly outnumbered. He was confident they would win,but his men were filled with doubt.

On the way to the battle, they stopped at a religious shrine. After praying with the men, the general took out a coin and said, “I shall now toss this coin. If it is heads, we shall win. If tails, we shall lose. Destiny will now reveal itself.” He threw the coin into the air and all watched intently as it landed.
It was heads.
The soldiers were so overjoyed and filled with confidence that they vigorously attacked the enemy and were victorious. After the battle, a lieutenant remarked to the general, “No one can change destiny.”
“Quite right,” the general replied as he showed the lieutenant the coin, which had heads on both sides.

What is your reaction to this story? Pour in your thoughts!

7 Responses to “Destiny – A Zen Story”

  1. Eric says:

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    Hi Sadish,
    Wanakkam,

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  4. matt says:

    hi Sadish

    I am using your wordpress theme for my blog. I love it very much. thank you !!
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  5. glai says:

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  6. Jonathan says:

    My thoughts on the story? Seems military generals have a similar mindset regardless of their culture, religion, or ethnicity!
    Win the battle at all costs, and do whatever it takes to inspire the troops!

    The principle here is no different than that used by the general in the Persian-Greek wars, when after landing his forces, greatly outnumbered, he had all his own ships burned so his men knew they had no escape and their only hope was to win the battle ahead of them … which they did.

  7. Sadish says:

    Thanks for your relevant comment Jonathan. It was interesting to learn about the Persian-Greek war.

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