Morning meditation - Spiritual power does not depend on physical force
June 30, 2007
Jesus tells us to turn the other cheek and to love our enemies.
Deng Ming-Dao in his book, Tao: Daily Meditations, writes:
So it is that the wise remain humble so that others are not aroused against them. They avoid conflict whenever possible. If trouble comes to seek them, they use only the bare amount of force in return. To go further is to fall into excess.
In the spiritual life the use of force is a paradox; less is better, and none at all is the best yet. We learn to go with the flow, to roll with the punch, to accept attack like water off a duck's back.Those that would use force to impose their will on others are inherently weak. They lack the spiritual power to win hearts and minds and so they must coerce bodies and dominate and subjugate by instilling fear of bodily harm.
Living in humility seeking harmony and cooperation by seeking common values and goals is wise. Rattling one's sword is egotistical arrogance which might obtain short term compliance but never will achieve rapport and respect.