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.

Self Purification

 Purification of the soul aims at clearing one’s heart of all kinds of negative sentiments, There is a very interesting story, which illustrates this point –

A milkman, deeply influenced by Gautama Buddha, requested Buddha to visit him and share with him nuggets of wisdom. In lieu of this, the milkman offered to present the seer with milk. Buddha agreed.

In the evening, when Buddha set out to visit the milkman, he took with him a container in which he intentionally put some mud. The milkman took the container but just as he was about to pour milk into it, realized that the container had some impurities in it.

The milkman washed the container clean. He then poured milk into it and gave it to Buddha. Picking up the container, Buddha got up to leave. Surprised, the milkman asked Buddha why he was leaving before imparting any wisdom. Buddha replied that he just had. Confused, the milkman urged Buddha to explain what he meant. Buddha told the milkman: “The mind is like the container. Thoughts that preoccupy us are like the impurities in the container. In order to gain wisdom, you must purify your mind by making it free of impure thoughts. Only when your mind is uncluttered, it will be able to receive wisdom.”

In a nutshell, what Gautama Buddha was trying to teach the milkman was that the mind needs to be prepared first – by cleansing it of impurities – so that it is fully prepared to receive wisdom.