One day Gautum Buddha was sitting under a banyan tree when a man came to him and verbally abused him.
What you’ll do in such situation?
Buddha didn’t react at all. Buddha’s stolidity made the man furious and he used more foul language but Buddha remained calm and quiet.
The man had thought Buddha would reciprocate and would return his abuse in return. He had never expected such impassiveness from a man who had just been abused.
Being more furious the man started yelling more and more insults at Buddha. However, Gautum Buddha stayed completely unmoved and didn’t utter a single word. Not anger, there was a look of compassion on his face. Finally the man was tired of vilification. And he asked, “After receiving such mistreatment how did you stay calm?”
It’s the question of acceptance
Gautum Buddha replied, “My dear brother, I have not accepted a single abuse from you.”
“But you have heard all of them, haven’t you?” The Brahmin argued half-heartedly. Buddha said, “I do not need any kind of abuse, so why should I even hear them and remember?”
Now the Brahmin was even more puzzled. He could not understand the meaning.
How do you see? It’s relative
Looking at his disturbed face, Buddha further explained, “All those abuse remain with you, my brother.”
“It cannot be possible. I have hurled all of them at you,” the man persisted.
Buddha tried to pacify the man calmly and put forward his logic, “Dear brother, suppose you give some coins to somebody, and if he does not accept them, with whom will those coins remain?”
The man replied, “Naturally it remains with me.”
Think twice before getting angry
With a meaningful smile on his face, Buddha said, “Now you are right. The same thing takes place here. You came here trying to insult me, but I have not accepted a single abuse from you. Hence, all those abuse remain with you only. So there is no reason to be angry with you.”
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