Sunday, March 29, 2009

Two Wolves

An old Cherokee chief is teaching his grandson about life:

"A fight is going on inside me," he said to the boy. "It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves.

"One is evil - he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, self-doubt, and ego.

"The other is good - he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith.

"This same fight is going on inside you - and inside every other person, too."

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, "Which wolf will win?"

The old chief simply replied, "The one you feed."

9 comments:

Shubhajit said...

Yes, the more we feed more stronger the will of the wolf. If we think continuously for a longer period about a particular idea, gradually that thought changes into impression and that impression persist in our subtle body (soul we can say) for a longer period unless another that type of strong impression superimpose the previous one.

Impressions govern our life. I think only about money, i see money in everything. i think lust i see lust in everything even a small picture of a girl/boy can provoke my sense. Nothing is bad as everything lead us to the west. However, priority is important what type of thoughts i allow to make an impression. Thoughts are food and wolves get stronger with the nutrients.
God Bless!

V said...

Love is being aware.

Sophia said...

I do not know to what extent a person can be free of negative thoughts, but I do know we have the choice to detach ourselves from them when they occur.

Shubhajit said...

What is negative or positive? It depends on the individual and the attitude. A doctor kills a patient, a murderer murders a person..outcome is same.but the attitude is different...

Yes, we have choice but how many us actually govern by choices? We can't. We are shrouded in an utter confusion because whenever some good or bad things happens in life we tend to move from our own ideal, we change our choices according to circumstances, according to people, according to our logic and false reasons..we can't stick and when a person stick to one idea, one principle, one vision..

Shubhajit said...

we call him monomaniac

Sophia said...

Hi Shubhajit,

By negative thoughts, I mean anger, guilt, fear, sadness, etc.

Monomaniac is a word I've liked for a while now. Mono, meaning one, becomes One-maniac, or, a maniac for the One. :)

human being said...

which wolf will win?
the one you feed by your negligence
the one you feed by your not being aware of
the one you feed by your absence of love...

be aware of the two... teach them to play with each other...

"Love is being aware." as V said...

YogaforCynics said...

I'm inclined to think that, while we want to feed the "good" wolf, we don't want to suppress the "bad"--certainly, I've known far too many people who make a big deal out of being "positive" while showing a shocking lack of compassion for the unhappy people they casually reject for being "too negative." A truly positive attitude, I think, is one that is kind and empathetic in the face of others' suffering, and that involves acknowledging our own negative emotions, and being compassionate in regard to our own suffering that causes those negative emotions, rather than trying to push them away. When I was younger, I talked a lot about peace and love, while often being very mean to people, because I was filled with rage and hurt that I didn't want to acknowledge. Once I did start to acknowledge it, and express it in less-harmful ways (like jumping around the room listening to angry punk rock, or simply venting to a sympathetic friend), I found I became a much nicer person to be around.

goatman said...

In the latest book I am reading the traveler queries a Hopi student in southern Utah about his religion. Hopi relates the story of how the Spider Grandmother, a spirit guide for the Hopi, gave two rules: "Don't go around hurting each other" and "Try to understand things".

How simple it is