Are You Strong Enough To Fight A Tiger?

Many of you may have heard of the book called Autobiography of a Yogi. It is literally an autobiography of an Indian man who went to the Himalayas and attained enlightenment in the first part of the 20th century. He talks about his travels throughout India and how he met many extraordinary people. One of the stories he tells is about someone he called the Tiger Guru.

Yogananda Paramahamsa, the author and lead character of the book, was travelling in Kalighat, a neighborhood in Kolkata, West Bengal, visiting one of his friends whom suggested that he meet a guru who used to fight and tame wild tigers in his youthful days before he became a monk. Yogananda could not help but feel a boyish enthusiasm to meet such a person. The next day, he and his friend went to meet the saint at his house. After waiting for a while they were ushered in to his room, and they fell dumbstruck at the size of the Tiger Guru’s body, with a massive chest and huge biceps. He was sitting there in meditation and he welcomed his guests.

They immediately asked the Tiger Guru, “How is it possible to become so strong that you can fight wild tigers, which are the strongest of all animals?” He replied “You look upon tigers as wild beasts and yet I see them simply as pussycats.” To prove his strength he punched a solid wall and a brick fell right out of it. The Tiger Guru then explained to them that his real source of power was his mind and its powerful determination, and that he could terrorize even wild tigers into submission using such power of will.

He explained how the body and mind are intimately connected, and that if you have a weak mind you will have a weak body as well. The Tiger Guru admitted that he used to have a very weak body, but through relentless effort and a regime of exercise and meditation he developed into the superhuman Goliath that he was today.

The Tiger Guru then told Yogananda and his friend the story of his greatest victory. The Tiger Guru’s fame had spread so widely that the king of the local area had requested his audience. The king sent a royal assembly to accompany him to his palace so that he could meet him. The king himself met him at the palace entrance and he sat the Tiger Guru on his royal throne as a gesture of honor and respect.

The king asked him “I have heard that you can fight and defeat wild tigers with your bare hands. Is this true?” “Yes,” the Tiger Guru replied. The king then negged him by saying “How is it possible that a weak Indian could have ever gained such strength? Are you actually fighting wild tigers or is this one massive hoax? Do you give opium to the tiger beforehand?”

The Tiger Guru was insulted by such a question and his pride grew. The king then challenged him to fight his newly-caught wild tiger and said that if he was able to defeat the tiger he would be rewarded with the equivalent of millions of dollars (the value of the Indian rupee has fallen many-fold in the past 100 years), but that if he refused to fight the tiger that the king would expose him as a fraud. The Tiger Guru agreed and the match was set for one week later.

During the days leading up to the match the king built an enormous arena that was capable of seating thousands of people. The tiger match would be fought inside a massive iron cage in the middle of the arena. On the day of the match so many thousands of people showed up to watch that many of them had to be turned away, but in their enthusiasm they broke through the tent walls so that they could watch from outside the arena. The Tiger Guru strolled into the arena with massive swagger and walked right into the safety cage that was surrounding the iron cage where the tiger was waiting for him.

As soon as he walked into the iron cage the tiger pounced on him and injured his right hand. Not letting that faze him, he threw a punch with his left hand and landed it squarely on the tiger’s head. The tiger fell back momentarily stunned, but then increased the fury of its attacks against the Tiger Guru. The cage eventually became covered in the blood of both the human and the tiger.

The crowd was screaming in astonishment and the guards even tried shooting the tiger because they were afraid the tiger would kill him, but their bullets missed due to how fast the tiger was moving. The Tiger Guru then mustered all of his will power, roared at the tiger, and punched the tiger so hard on the skull that the tiger fell unconscious to the ground.

The audience erupted with tremendous enthusiasm as the Tiger Guru opened the tiger’s mouth wide and put his head in between the tiger’s jaws in order to show that he had defeated the tiger. He then walked towards the exit of the iron cage, but the tiger came back to consciousness and leaped on him, once again pinning him to the ground.

The Tiger Guru flipped the tiger over so that the Tiger Guru was on top and with his Herculean blows he beat the tiger into unconsciousness once again. Victorious, the Tiger Guru got up and left the cage. After his wounds were treated by a doctor he began walking out of the arena, people rushed up to him and placed flower garlands around his neck and showered gold coins at his feet. The king himself congratulated him, gave him the promised rewards, and declared a festival celebrating the Tiger Guru’s victory over the tiger.

Though the story itself may be apocryphal, its message is not: man is often capable of the unbelievable when he is completely devoted to his singular purpose.

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49 thoughts on “Are You Strong Enough To Fight A Tiger?”

    1. It was not the spiritually enlightened yogis of India who fought the British. It was rather a loose collection of constantly warring kingdoms that the British were able to expertly manipulate with bribes and by persuading them to fight each other.

        1. Since when Jew bodybuilder? All jew feeble except wreestler Goldberg. You his leetle brothher?

        2. Lol maybe you’d have some credibility if you got someone other than your friends and nutsackers to review your Amazon book there, genius. But you can fool the half-wits, so hats off to you 🙂 lolz

        3. LMAO!! Too true! To quote Driver:
          If you can’t add anything of value to the conversation, whether I disagree with it or not there always one place you can find
          ————————————-> Door

        4. Powerlfting:
          Scot Mendelson ex bench press world record holder.
          Vlad Alhazov – squat world record.
          Many weightlifters were jews (like Isaac Berger who was Olympic champion).
          Of course you have a lo to jews in other doctrines like swimming (Spitz) etc.
          I have a long list of these.

        5. Banned for a Rothschild reference, by the self-proclaimed guru of history??? Thick, thick, thick with irony me thinks. Perhaps QC’s knowledge is a little too book-based and not enough common sense.

        6. ROK is not the place for airing your anti-Semitic caricatures or for race-baiting. The two accounts banned here originate from the same person, who has a history of this type of anti-Semitic trolling.
          There are other sites where you can go to do this sort of thing.

    1. Weak? Transform yourself through determination and will. Then you to will fear no ‘pussy’.

      1. I have to go through all of that just to pet some cats? That seems a bit strange. [/joking]

    1. They might prefer that you think of it as spiritual metaphor, but yeah.
      I first read it in 1969 while sitting on a Pacific beach of a tiny village in southern Mexico, before the coast highway reached it and ruined it, so I had that going for me, which was nice.

  1. These days, animal right’s activists would charge him with animal cruelty, political correction activists would charge him with inciting blood lust and encouraging violence, and feminists would charge him with sexual harassment because the tiger didn’t give it’s consent

  2. I get it. Animals can be terrorized into submission. But if a man tries to terrorize another man into submission, the other man revolts. A rebellious woman can only be terrorized into submission. Life is much easier when you are not a rebellious woman.
    Many are taught to ‘fear’ God who is a supreme creator. If God were to terrorize man into submission, man would likely shy away from creative endeavors. But man now acts as if he sits on God’s shoulder with his ‘brilliant ideas’ on how to ‘tweak’ God’s creation. Woman in turn then does the same to man. She will try to ‘back seat drive’ and tweak his every endeavor.
    But when man serves and fears his God and creator, then it is reciprocal that the woman becomes submissive to her man in the same way. From the stem cell of his rib, man in effect supplied the lumber that built or ‘created’ HIS woman . . . Plus, a god fearing AND creative man gets extra good service from his woman.

  3. Or you can be smart and just use weapons. The most powerful tool we have, as human beings, isn’t our strength or our size or our intimidation, but our intelligence.
    It’s our brains that separate us from the beasts and it’s our brains that allow us to create civilization.

    1. As a man must have mastery over his mind, he must also have mastery over his body. Imagine yourself marooned on an island. The knowledge necessary to build a sweet little Swiss Family Robinson kingdom would be useless if you couldn’t dig a pit or fell a tree. Flesh and bone is the first tool.

    1. I read that Mike Tyson was pinned for a hour up under a female tiger. He was advised not to resist as the tiger was asserting her dominance. If he resisted she probably would have killed him.

  4. I can fight a tiger with and xd45 tac. loaded with 250 gr hard cast wide flat nose. I would kick its ass

  5. What a bunch of bullshits.. and you morons believe it? If any man try engage a healthy full grown tiger the only possible account is that he is shred to bits in a split second. Fighting tigers bare handing? Science fiction, pure fantasy, grandpa goodnight stories.

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