Without Blinking an Eye

Dear Seekers.

Welcome to Zen!
Here’s another story for you.

The story highlights the qualities of Zen.
What happens when Zen flowers?

More after the story –


During the civil wars in feudal Japan, an invading army would quickly sweep into a town and take control. In one particular village, everyone fled just before the army arrived – everyone except the Zen master. 

Curious about this old fellow, the general went to the temple to see for himself what kind of man this master was. When he wasn’t treated with the deference and submissiveness to which he was accustomed, the general burst into anger.

“You fool,” he shouted as he reached for his sword, “don’t you realize you are standing before a man who could run you through without blinking an eye!” 

But despite the threat, the master seemed unmoved. 

“And do you realize,” the master replied calmly, “that you are standing before a man who can be run through without blinking an eye?”


A man of truth is different. He is beyond the imagination, beyond the dualities, beyond everything and everywhere human mind can go.

He has known the very secret of life. The essence after knowing which, there is no fear, no loss, no suffering and no death.

Let’s go to the story –

The story is about the war times in Japan when every village was getting invaded by the army. In one particular village when everybody fled after they heard about the attack, only one Zen master lay unmoved. He didn’t even budge an inch.

When the General questioned his audacity – he replied “Do you realize that I can be run through without blinking an eye?”

This is beyond the human mind. We know about courage, but that is our definition of it. We also know about forgiveness, but that is our definition too.

Everything we know is limited. Unlimited cannot be known, it can only be lived in this very moment.

What is real courage?
What is real forgiveness?
We don’t know that yet.

We get angry, we feel scared, we shiver and we flee. At the most we fight. We are aware of these responses because they all, belong to the mind. Are we aware of the Zen responses?

Can you even imagine that love can reach such a height that it can forgive anything and everything?
Nothing can be done to change the quality and intensity of such kind of love.

It is possible. This kind of love does not come from the mind. It is not dependent on our imagination, theories and preconceived notions. It flowers from the very source. It is the very quality of the living experience inside us.

Know this love and you shall know god.

At this stage, you are not forgiving. You simply are available and response comes. It comes out of the understanding; The Understanding of Truth.

Your responses are based on your Understanding, if you don’t know who you are and you take yourself to be something that you are not, how can your responses be correct?

Contemplation –
Have I known true love which is unlimited, undoubting and unconditional?
Have I experienced constant formless presence inside me?
Have I known forgiveness?

Have a blessed life!

P.S. I also wanted to know-

How many of you read Zen stories?
How many of you like them?
How many of you want them to continue?
Any other feedback you would like to give?

Request you all to drop a note as you have a moment.

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About mohitvalecha

Mohit is an optimistic day-dreamer and romancer who gave up his 11 year old software profession experience to build his dream in Creative Writing. He writes blogs, articles, reviews, children stories, fiction and non-fiction spirituality books to promote reading and provide a meaning to people’s lives. If he is not reading or writing, you would find him making mock, cock and all other kinds of tails or playing with his charming son Krishna. His life is a love triangle with three corners being Devi, Krishna and his Guru, Sirshree. Mohit’s passion is Meditation, Heal and Help people and play “Bhi ta!” (Another form of Hide-&-Seek) with Krishna.
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