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.

The Two Buckets

Two buckets, tired after a day’s work, sat down to rest. One of the buckets was always grumbling. It never looked at life cheerfully.

As it rested outside the well it said to the other bucket,“I’m tired of the life we lead. However full we are when we are drawn up out of the well, we are sent back empty again.This makes me very dissatisfied.”

The second bucket was of a different nature. It did not believe in grumbling. It always looked at life positively. It said,“That’s true. But I always look at it this way – that however empty we are when we are sent down, we are always full when drawn up.”

Moral: It is good to look on the brighter side of life.

Akbar and Birbal

Akbar was a great Mughal Emperor and Birbal was his witty minister. One day, Akbar was taking a walk in his garden with Birbal.
Many crows were flying around. As he observed the birds flying, he thought of asking Birbal a tricky question.
He asked, “How many crows are there in our kingdom, Birbal?”
Birbal thought for a moment, and then said, “There are ninety-five thousand, four hundred and sixty three crows in your kingdom, Huzoor.”
“How do you know that for sure?” the King asked.
“You can get them counted, Huzoor.” Birbal said.
The Emperor again said, “If there are less than that, then?”
Birbal replied immediately, “That means that the rest of them have gone on vacation to some neighbouring kingdoms.”
“And if there are more than that, then?” asked Akbar.
“Then it means that other crows have come to visit their relatives in our kingdom, Huzoor,” said the witty minister.
Akbar was very pleased with the answer that Birbal gave and gave him a suitable reward.

Moral: Even if the question is silly, you can manage the situation by thinking on your feet and giving a witty answer.

 The Bat and the Weasels

A Bat who fell upon the ground and was caught by a Weasel pleaded to be spared his life. The Weasel refused, saying that he was by nature the enemy of all birds. The Bat assured him that he was not a bird, but a mouse, and thus was set free. Shortly afterwards the Bat again fell to the ground and was caught by another Weasel,whom he likewise entreated not to eat him. The Weasel said that he had a special hostility to mice. The Bat assured him that he was not a mouse, but a bat, and thus a second time escaped. 

Moral : It is wise to turn circumstances to good account.

 The Ass in the Lion’s Skin

An Ass once found a Lion’s skin which the hunters had left out in the sun to dry.

He put it on and went towards his native village. All fled at his approach, both men and animals, and he was a proud Ass that day. In his delight he lifted up his voice and brayed, but then every one knew him, and his owner came up and gave him a sound cudgelling for the fright he had caused. And shortly afterwards a Fox came up to him and said: “Ah, I knew you by your voice.”

 

Moral : Fine clothes may disguise, but silly words will disclose a fool. 

 The Goose That Laid the Golden Egg 

A man and his wife owned a very special goose. Every day the goose would lay a golden egg, which made the couple very rich.
 ”Just think,” said the man’s wife, “If we could have all the golden eggs that are inside the goose, we could be richer much faster.”
 ”You’re right,” said her husband, “We wouldn’t have to wait for the goose to lay her egg every day.”
 So, the couple killed the goose and cut her open, only to find that she was just like every other goose. She had no golden eggs inside of her at all, and they had no more golden eggs.

Moral : Too much greed results in nothing.

 The Peacock’s Complaint 

A peacock was very unhappy with his ugly voice, and he spent most of his days complaining about it.  “It is true that you cannot sing,” said the fox, “But look how  beautiful you are!”
”Oh, but what good is all this beauty,” moaned the dishearten bird, “with such an unpleasant voice!”
 ”Oh hear,” said the fox, “Each one has it’s special gift. You have such beauty, the nightingale has his song, the owl has his eyes, and the eagle his strength. Even if you had a eloquent voice, you would still complain about another thing.”   

 Moral : Do not envy the gifts of others. Make the most of your own.

 The Rooster And The Jewel

  A very hungry rooster was scratching and digging in the dirt looking for food. He scratched and dug and finally found a beautiful jewel. He was amazed at how the gem shone glittered.


 “This is a very fine and beautiful thing,” he thought, “but I would rather have one tasty kernel of corn instead.”

Moral : What is a treasure to one may be worthless to another. 

THE MEN AND THE BEAR

Two men were strolling down a forest path when they came across a bear. One man scampered up a tree and escaped the bear’s claws. The other man knew there was nothing he could do, so he dropped to the ground and played dead.
 
The bear went up to the man and sniffed about his ears. He pawed at him a few times. Thinking the man was dead, the bear walked away.

After the bear left, his friend came down from the tree. 
“What did the bear say to you, friend, when he whispered in your ear?” asked his friend.     “Oh,” answered his friend, “He just told me that I should consider about traveling with friends who run out on their friends in times of trouble.”

Moral : Friendship is tested in times of trouble.