Prince Five Weapons And The Ogre

"Prince Five-weapons, snared five times, stuck fast in five
places, dangled from the ogre's body. But for all that, he was unafraid,
undaunted. As for the ogre, he thought: "This is some
lion of a man, some man of noble birth—no mere man! For although
he has been caught by an ogre like me, he appears neither
to tremble nor to quake! In all the time I have harried this
road, I have never seen a single man to match him! Why, pray,
is he not afraid?" Not daring to eat him, he asked: "Youth, why
are you not afraid? Why are you not terrified with the fear of

"Ogre, why should I be afraid? for in one life one death is absolutely
certain. What's more, I have in my belly a thunderbolt
for weapon. If you eat me, you will not be able to digest that
weapon. It will tear your insides into tatters and fragments and
will kill you. In that case we'll both perish. That's why I'm not

Prince Five-weapons, the reader must know, was referring to
the Weapon of Knowledge that was within him. Indeed, this
young hero was none other than the Future Buddha, in an earlier incarnation.

"What this youth says is true," thought the ogre,
terrified with the fear of death. "From the body of this lion of a
man, my stomach would not be able to digest a fragment of flesh
even so small as a kidney bean. I'll let him go!" And he let
Prince Five-weapons go. The Future Buddha preached the Doctrine
to him, subdued him, made him self-denying, and then
transformed him into a spirit entitled to receive offerings in the
forest. Having admonished the ogre to be heedful, the youth departed
from the forest, and at the mouth of the forest told his
story to human beings; then went his way."

This isn't the entire myth but this part always spoke to me. Before reading it I would often say my element is the sea and though I have no attack when I cloth myself in the mantle of truth my enemies only slay themselves. Christians would do good to learn this lesson perhaps. Forgiving your enemies and allowing then to slay you doesn't mean losing to them, on contrary it means a much greater victory than most can conceive of.
Phaethon Phaethon
31-35, M
1 Response Dec 13, 2012

It's a good tale. :)