Buddha and a Braahman
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Once Gautam Buddha was sitting under a banyan tree, that a furious Braahman came to him and started abusing him. The Braahman thought that Gautam Buddha would reciprocate him in the same manner, but to his utter surprise, there was not the slightest change in the expression on his face.
Now, the Braahman became more furious. He hurled more and more abuses at Buddha. However, Gautum Buddha remained completely unmoved. Actually there was a look of compassion on his face, not of anger.
Ultimately the Braahman got tired of abusing him.
“But you heard all of my abuses, didn’t you?” The Braahman argued
Now the Braahman was even more puzzled. He could not understand the calm
reply from Gautam Buddha. Looking at his disturbed face, Buddha further
explained him – “Since I did not accept them, all those abuses remain with
Buddha calmly repeated his reply – “But I have not accepted even a single
abuse from you, Dear Brother. Understand it like this - suppose you give
some coins to somebody, and if he does not accept them, with whom will those
With a meaningful smile on his face, Buddha said – “Now you are right. The same thing has happened with your abuses also. You came here and hurled abuses at me, but I have not accepted a single abuse from you. Hence, all those abuses remain with you only. So there is no reason to be angry with you.”
The Braahman remained speechless. He was ashamed of his behavior and begged for Buddha’s forgiveness.
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