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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.
He asked him – “I have been abusing you like anything for so long, but you are not angry at all?”
Gautam Buddha calmly replied – “My dear Brother, I have not accepted a single abuse from you, that is why I am calm.”

“But you heard all of my abuses, didn’t you?” The Braahman argued half-heartedly.
Buddha said – “When I do not need the abuses, why should I even hear them?”

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 you only.”
“It cannot be possible. I have hurled all of them at you,” the Braahman persisted.

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 coins remain?”
The Braahman replied – “If I have given the coins and not needed by someone, then naturally they would remain with me only.”

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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