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Nice Story about Lord Buddha and Brahmin
« on: March 12, 2010, 01:18:16 PM »
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, GautumBuddha 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?"

GautumBuddha 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 GautumBuddha.

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 to Learn from This Story:

Inner calmness and peace are keys to contented life. Control your anger with patience and calmness. That is biggest Strength of Wise men.

Never take some one for granted,Hold every person Close to your Heart because you might wake up one day and realize that you have lost a diamond while you were too busy collecting stones.." Remember this always in life.


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Re: Nice Story about Lord Buddha and Brahmin
« Reply #1 on: October 23, 2010, 12:43:48 PM »



Guru Vachaka Kovai, Verse 488:

Men of true worth should not, in a state of revulsion, entertain the
slightest hatred towards their enemies, however evil they may be,
for aversions definitely need to be curbed, just a desires do.

Bhagavan Ramana has said in Who am I?:  However bad others may
appear to be, one should not dislike them.  Likes and dislikes are both to be disliked.

Guru Vachaka Kovai, Verse 489:   

What one despises as not 'I' [the body] is also that which one's
enemies continuously slander.  Therefore, for he who is attempting
to kill [his identification with the body] the enemies who slander
and defame him in many ways are useful, rather like the anvil is
to a goldsmith for shaping pure gold.

In Sri Ramana Sannidhi Murai, Upadesa Tiruvahaval, Murugnar
says:-

"Do not associate [with others] simply because they praise you.
Rather value their abuse."  Praise be to you! 
You [Sri Bhagavan] declared:  "Value the very ones who vilify you
as though they were your dearest friends."  Praise be to you!         

In Padamalai, Verse 2079, Muruganar says:

It is foolish to harbor a deep hatred for the non-Self, which is
perceived in consciousness through confusion.

[Tr. GVK and Padamalai Verses - David Godman]



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Re: Nice Story about Lord Buddha and Brahmin
« Reply #2 on: October 23, 2010, 03:40:50 PM »
Beautiful!

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Re: Nice Story about Lord Buddha and Brahmin
« Reply #3 on: October 23, 2010, 05:52:21 PM »



Dear Om Hridayam,

Entry dated 26th Jan. 1946 from Letters from Sri Ramanasramam:-

Two or three years back a devotee who could freely approach
Bhagavan, came and told Him five or six times that somebody
had been abusing him.  Bhagavan listened but said nothing.  As
there was no response from Bhagavan inspite of repeated and varied
complaints and in a number of ways, this devotee could not contain
himself any longer and so said:  "When I am abused so much un-
necssarily, I also get angry.  However much I try to restrain my anger
I am not able to do so.  What shall I do?"

Bhagavan laughingly said:  "What should you do?  You too join him and abuse yourself, then it will be alright.."

All laughed.

That devotee unable to understand anything, said "That is very
good. Should I abuse myself?"

"Yes indeed.  What they are abusing is your body, isn't it? What greater enemy is there than this body which is the abode of anger
and similar feelings?  It is necessary that we ourselves should hate it.  Instead of that, when we are unguarded, if anybody abuses us,
we should know that they are waking us up.  We should realize at least then, and join them in abusing the body, and crying it down. What is the use of counter abuse?  Those who abuse us that way should looked upon as our friends.  It is good for us to be among
such people.  If you are among people, who praise you, you
get deceived.



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Re: Nice Story about Lord Buddha and Brahmin
« Reply #4 on: October 23, 2010, 11:51:19 PM »
Thank you Subramanian.R, another brilliant story!

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Re: Nice Story about Lord Buddha and Brahmin
« Reply #5 on: October 24, 2010, 10:04:45 AM »



Dear Om Hridayam,

Guru Vachaka Kovai Verse 610 says:

How indeed can you be disgraced by others, if you remain as the
perfect primal entity that exists as the foremost One?  When
eminent people fall from their state through unbefitting conduct,
they will be disgraced like hair that has fallen from the head.

[Tr. David Godman]

In ULLadu Narpadu, Anubandham, Verse 48:-  Bhagavan Ramana says:

Without thinking of oneself as apart from others, without swerving
from one's true state, if one abides always in one's Self, who is there alien to one? What matters it what people say of one?  What matters if one praises or blames oneself?   



Arunachala Siva.