“Though one may conquer a thousand times a thousand men in battle, yet he indeed is the noblest victor who conquers himself.” – Buddha
Conquering yourself is the hardest battle that you will ever fight in your life. There have been countless times in my past when my greatest enemy was myself. I have discovered that going through your existence, you sabotage yourself at every step.
This is one of the main lessons that the Buddha and the “Dhammapada” tried to hammer home. Just like in Star Wars when Luke descended into the cave on Dagobah in order to fight a great evil, but found out that he had actually fought himself.
It’s only by effort, discipline, and self-mastery that you can overcome this tendency to self-sabotage yourself. By effort and heedfulness, discipline and self-mastery, let the wise one make of himself an island which no flood can overwhelm. – Buddha
Peace and Love, Jim