When you win in a competition and you get high and haughty, you had lost. And when your opponent, who has lost, is not angry and is gracious about his defeat, it is who has won instead. The Buddha taught, “Greater than one who conquers in a thousand battles is one who conquers oneself.” The conquering of oneself would include the conquering of one’s false sense of pride and ego. The Buddha achieved the greatest victory in conquering Himself. Yet He was never high and haughty!


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