The warrior of light was taken over by the dark side and the dark side made fear to the warrior. So much so that the warrior of light was ready to give up and accept death voluntarily. In the last of his moments of dark despair, he reaches out to his master.
He said to his master,”Master, I can no longer fight the good fight. I am weary and tired. I have lost my way and I don’t see the light anymore. Master, I am sorry if I am letting you down but I wish to embrace death.”
The master merely smiled and looked intently into the eyes of is young and inexperienced padawan and asked,”Do you really want to give up the good fight? Do you really want to commit suicide?”
The apprentice could not bear the stare of his master, avoiding it, he bowed in guilt and barely managed a whisper,”Yes.” The master’s smile broadened, “So be it. Consider yourself dead!”
The apprentice looked up and was shocked to see the beaming face of his master. His despair grew, he thought, my master must think very lowly of mi. He has given up on mi. Ashamed and humiliated he turned to leave.
“Now, my padawan, live, as if you are dead! Since you are dead you cannot be afraid or ashamed or belittled. You cannot be imprisoned or tortured or silenced. And if light be your path, you cannot be defeated.” The master paused.
The disciple stopped and the master continued,”Take no heed of the thoughts of the world, think those of your own, and let those thoughts be guided by the light. Take no heed of the actions of the world, act of your own and let the will be of the light. Then, the consequences will be only those that are enlightened. My friend you are not merely dead today consider yourself reborn.”
The darkness that once engulfed him, he could not sense anymore. He did not turn. He walked, his steps growing surer. The master was happy for he could be of some service and he murmured as he reflected on the days past,”Thy will shall be done!”
P.S. Adapted from a story that was told to mi by a wise man.