THE WILL TO LIVE

Positive Thinking Stories

A disciple was keen to renounce the world but be claimed that his family loved him too much to let him go.

"Love?" said his guru. "That isn't love at all. Listen..." And he revealed a yogic secret to the disciple whereby he could simulate the state of death. The next day the man died for all outward appearances and the entire family was weeping and wailing.

The guru then showed up and told the weeping members that he had the power to bring the man back to life if someone is prepared to die instead. He asked "Any volunteers?"

To the "corpse's" astonishment every member of the family give a reason why it was necessary to keep his or her own life. His wife said...

QUESTIONS
1. What was the wife's statement?
2. What is the implication of this story?

***Check with your answers only after you have tried to come up with your own.

ANSWERS
1. "There's no need for anyone to die instead, We'll manage without him."
2. The will to live and the urge to survive, at any cost, are strong in every one of us. To face death is not easy. By and large, everyone is selfish. It is pointless to expect others to sacrifice their lives.

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        Some Quotes about Will To Live

  • "Fortune the affection you get most importantly"
  • "My crucial life isn't simply to endure, however to flourish; and to do as such with some energy, some sympathy, some diversion, and some style"
  • "Love and empathy are necessities, not extravagances"
  • "My strategic life isn't simply to endure, however to flourish"
  • "There was a reason these boys were still alive, though. Something made them stronger than the other kids, the ones who had died in the early days, who had simply lain down and given up, unable to cope with the terrible things that were happening in the world. These boys were survivors. The will to live was stronger than any other feelings."
  • "People gave us a purpose. Something to do all day, every day. At the end, I suppose, you spend a lot of time thinking about that. It's harder to get by when getting by is all there is."
  • "It will generally be found that, as soon as the terrors of life reach the point at which they outweigh the terrors of death, a man will put an end to his life. But the terrors of death offer considerable resistance; they stand like a sentinel at the gate leading out of this world. Perhaps there is no man alive who would not have already put an end to his life, if this end had been of a purely negative character, a sudden stoppage of existence. There is something positive about it; it is the destruction of the body; and a man shrinks from that, because his body is the manifestation of the will to live."

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