Gautum Buddha and The Brahmin

Gautum Buddha was sitting under a banyan tree. One day, a furious Brahmin came to him and started abusing him.

The Brahmin thought that Gautum Buddha would reciprocate in the same manner, but to his utter surprise, there was not the slightest change in the expression on his face.

Now, the Brahmin became more furious. He hurled more and more abuses at Buddha. However, Gautum Buddha was completely unmoved. Actually there was a look of compassion on his face. Ultimately the Brahmin was tired of abusing him. He asked, ” I have been abusing you like anything, but why are you not angry at all?

Gautum Buddha calmly replied, ” My dear brother, I have not accepted a single abuse from you. ”

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

Now the Brahmin was even more puzzled. He could not understand the calm reply from Gautum Buddha. Looking at his disturbed face, Buddha further explained,”All those abuses remain with you. “

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

Buddha calmly repeated his reply, ” But I have not accepted even a single abuse from you ! Dear brother, suppose you give some coins to somebody, and if he does not accept them, with whom will those coins remain? ”

The Brahmin replied, ” If I have given the coins and not needed by someone, then naturally they would remain with me. ”

With a meaningful smile on his face, Buddha said, ” Now you are right. The same has happened with your abuses. 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 Brahmin remained speechless. He was ashamed of his behavior and begged for Buddha’s forgiveness.

Lesson from the story : Inner calmness and peace are keys to contented life.

TELLING THE TRUTH

Telling the truth is a very good habit. If you always speak the truth, you can save yourself from a lot of trouble! Here is a story of a man who did a lot of bad things, but his promise to tell the truth saved him.

Once a man came to the Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.) and said, “Oh Prophet of Allah, I have many bad habits. Which one of them should I give up first?” The Prophet said, “Give up telling lies first and always speak the truth.”

The man promised to do so and went home. At night the man was about to go out to steal. Before setting out, he thought for a moment about the promise he made with the Prophet. “If tomorrow the Prophet asks me where have I been, what shall I say? Shall I say that I went out stealing? No, I cannot say that. But nor can I lie. If I tell the truth,everyone will start hating me and call me a thief. I would be punished for stealing.”

So the man decided not to steal that night, and gave up this bad habit. Next day, he felt like drinking wine, when he was about to do so, he said to himself, “What shall I say to the Prophet if he asks me what did I do during the day? I cannot tell a lie, and if I speak the truth people will hate me, because a Muslim is not allowed to drink wine.” And so he gave up the idea of drinking wine.

In this way, whenever the man thought of doing something bad, he remembered his promise to tell the truth at all times. One by one, he gave up all his bad habits and became a very good person. 

A good person whom God likes and favors. If God – our Creator – is pleased with us, He will reward us with HEAVEN, which is a place of happiness and joy.

Lesson from the story : Telling the truth saves us from all bad habbits.

Reality Of Religion

Religion is meant to serve as a reminder that you have to acknowledge the Creator who has created you, bestowed you with all bounties and the life-support system, and then finally surrender before Him. Your life in this world should be spent in accordance with the will of the Creator. You should try to find out the source from where you can learn of the will of the Creator. Religion is thus meant for answering one’s basic questions: who am I, who created me, why am I settled in this world, what are my duties etc. People today, including the so-called religious people, have adopted religion as a culture, rather than as an ideology that governs their thinking and behaviour. Religion has not become their sole concern.

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

www.cpsglobal.org

God’s Bounties

A glass of water is such a blessing that if all the people in the world come together and spend all their money, even then a glass of water cannot be created. The supply shall continue only if the One who is supplying continues to supply, else not. While man cannot even create a glass of water, there are millions of things still that have been bestowed on him by a Benefactor! To acknowledge and be grateful for these blessings is the biggest duty of man. Religion serves as a reminder of this fact. Availing blessings like food, water, air or sunlight has a price that is, acknowledgement. Those who do not perform this duty should remember that they cannot evade accountability.

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

 www.cpsglobal.org

Getting and Staying Organized

Sometimes, getting organized is hard because it can seem like an overwhelming and daunting chore. Break the big job down into smaller tasks and get started! Even if you tackle just one a week, you’ll make progress. Being organized means you’ll save time on a daily basis just for yourself and can do things that you really enjoy.

The kitchen

While your kitchen cupboards might need organizing, focus first on the pantry. When the pantry is an absolute mess, it’s difficult to find what you need. For solution you can 1) Group Like Things Together and Label It. Grouping and labeling makes things easier to find. It also helps other people to find things you have organized.
2) Sort through all of the items and throw away anything that has expired.
3) Make sure the location, containers and drawers will keep your valuable stuff safe from the destroyers like dust and dirt, moisture, sunlight, and pests include insects and vermin. Something valuable stored poorly becomes junk overnight.

Kids room

If your kids are older, now is a good time to teach them about organizing their own lives! With your help, your kids can create a system for their toys and other prized possessions. However, if you have toddlers, preschoolers or young children, roll up your sleeves.
An easy and inexpensive way to organize your kid’s toys is to purchase clear bins to separate and store them by type or theme.

Your bathroom

Having your makeup and brushes organized can save valuable time off of your morning routine. You can purchase basic and inexpensive clear makeup containers and brush holders. Once you organize your makeup, keeping it that way isn’t hard. Find places in your drawers for your hair styling tools and products as well, and get in the habit of putting them back when you’re finished each day.

Your closet

Getting your closet organized is the key to saving time each morning. Take a day and organize your closet. First sort through and donate or resell clothes that don’t fit.
Next, divide your clothes by season and type — for example fall/winter and spring/summer. Within each of those categories, further separate by type of clothing — skirts, pants, short sleeves, long sleeves and dresses. If you’re particularly motivated, you can also sort by color. It could take an entire day to organize your closet, but you’ll save a lot of time each morning so it will pay off.

Put things in their right place

If you found golf balls in the kitchen junk drawer, put them with the golf clubs. If the hair dryer somehow ended up in the living room, make sure it finds its way back to the bathroom. When you have got stuff in your hand, recite “Don’t put it down, put it in its place” then everything would be so easy.

We are busy! Taking time away from our daily jobs, responsibilities and commitments to organize our homes is difficult, but the return is great.

 All the best….

Sources: Internet site “Nine secrets of successful organizers” and Book “The complete IDIOT’s guide to Organizing Your Life”