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.

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

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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

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THE KEY TO HAPPINESS

 IF you are able to be happy with what you already have, then you can achieve happiness. If your happiness involves certain conditions, then you can never achieve happiness. Happiness is not a destination; it is a state of mind. No material good can give you happiness.

If you have a list of material things in your mind and you believe that only by obtaining all the things on this list, you can live in happiness, it is impossible for you to attain happiness. The fact is that this material list has an end on the paper on which you write it down, but it won’t have any end in your mind! One should learn how to be content, otherwise your mind will keep adding new things to its wish-list. And then, you will always live with unsatisfied desires.

 If you want to live with happiness, then learn the difference between need and desire. Our real needs are actually very limited. There is always a full-stop in the list of real needs, but the wish-list based on desire has no full-stop. It has only commas. Every day, you add a new comma to this list, and this will continue endlessly till your death. The Prophet of Islam has said that if a man were given two mountains of gold, he will ask for a third one (Musnad Ahmad). This means that man has an insatiable nature. So, it is only contentment that can give you happiness, not abundance.

About myself, I can say that I am living in happiness in the sense of contentment. I believe that what I have is quite enough for me. This formula has given me a great sense of fulfilment. This contentment has saved me from all kinds of distractions. And when you are saved from distractions, you have enough time to do all kinds of good things, for example, to study, to cultivate positive thinking, to engage in human service, etc.

Happiness is not just a personal quality; It is of great value in itself. If you are unhappy, you are bound to live in tension and stress. But if you are happy, you are tension-free. You will have no stress, and you will be free of pessimism. You will develop a positive personality. And a positive personality is the greatest need in human development.

 Maulana Wahiduddin Khan