Dec 8, 2011

Insults | Denied

One day Buddha was walking through a village. A very angry and rude young man came up and began insulting him.. "You have no right teaching others," he shouted. "You are as stupid as everyone else. You are nothing but a fake."

Buddha was not upset by these insults. Instead he asked the young man "Tell me, if you buy a gift for someone, and that person does not take it, to whom does the gift belong?"

The man was surprised to be asked such a strange question and answered, "It would belong to me, because I bought the gift."

The Buddha smiled and said, "That is correct. And it is exactly the same with your anger. If you become angry with me and I do not get insulted, then the anger falls back on you. You are then the only one who becomes unhappy, not me. All you have done is hurt yourself."

"If you want to stop hurting yourself, you must get rid of your anger and become loving instead. When you hate others, you yourself become unhappy. But when you love others, everyone is
Bottomline: stop insulting yourself.


doc said...

this is absolutely true!

by the same argument, when you are angry with someone & you apologise 1st, it's you who feel the freedom from the burden of the anger, not so much the offended person.

pilocarpine said...

in another point of view, apologies should be offered carefully, because at times, it may free oneself from the burden of anger, but it will not free others from continuation of their stupidity.