Monday, April 08, 2019

Learn Less When in Stress wanted to become a great swordsman, but his father said he wasn't quick enough and could never learn.

   Determined, Matajura went to the famous duellist Banzo and asked to become his pupil.

   "How long will it take me to become a master?" he asked. "What if I become your servant, and stay with you every minute?"

   "Ten years," said Banzo.

   "My father is getting old. Within ten years, I will have to return home to take care of him. How long will it take me if I work twice as hard?"

   "Thirty years," said Banzo.

   " How is that?" asked Matajura. "First you say ten years and when I offer to work twice as hard you say it will take three times as long. Let me make myself clear. I will work unceasingly; no hardship will be too much for me. How long will it take?"

   "Seventy years," said Banzo and went on to explain his reasoning. 

Banzo said, "A pupil in a tearing hurry leans slowly." 

Matajura understood. Without asking for any promises in terms of time, he became Banzo’s servant. Three years passed. Matajura cleaned, cooked, washed, and gardened. He was ordered never to speak of fencing or to touch a sword. He was very sad at this, but he had given his promise to the master and resolved to keep his word.
One day while Matajura was gardening, Banzo came up quietly behind him and gave him a terrible whack with a wooden sword. The next day in the kitchen, the same blow fell again. Thereafter, day in and day out, from every corner and at any moment, Matajura was attacked by Banzo’s wooden sword. He learned to live on the balls of his feet, ready to dodge at any moment. He became a body with no desires, no thought, only external readiness and quickness. Banzo smiled and started lessons. Soon, Matajura was the greatest swordsman in Japan.

Implication of the story :- The learning process is slow when the learner is under stress and tension. The mind absorbs better when it is calm and quiet.  

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