Gautam Buddha was sitting under a banyan tree. One day, a furious Brahmin came to him and started abusing him.
The Brahmin thought that Gautam 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, Gautam 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?"
Gautam 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 Gautam 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 behaviour and begged for Buddha's forgiveness.
Moral: Inner calmness and peace are keys to contented life. Live as per your goals and ambition in life. You know who you are and what you want in life, so don’t respond to what the person has said about you in anger. Control your anger with patience and calmness. That is the biggest Strength of a Wise person.
Imagine there is a bank that credits your account each morning with $86,400. It carries over no balance from day to day. Every “evening” deletes whatever part of the balance you failed to use during the day. What would you do? Draw out every cent, of course!!!!
Each of us has such a “bank”. It’s name is TIME. Every morning, it credits you with 86,400 seconds. Every night it writes off, as lost, whatever of this you have failed to invest to good purpose. It carries over no balance. It allows no overdraft. Each day it opens a new account for you. Each night it burns the remains of the day. If you fail to use the day’s deposits, the loss is yours. There is no going back. There is no drawing against the “tomorrow.” You must live in the present on today’s deposits. Invest it so as to get from it the utmost in health,happiness, and success! The clock is running. Make the most of today.
To realize the value of ONE YEAR….
Ask a student who failed a grade
To realize the value of ONE MONTH…..
Ask a mother who gave birth to a premature baby
To realize the value of ONE WEEK……
Ask the editor of a weekly newspaper
To realize the value of ONE HOUR……
Ask the lovers who are waiting to meet.
To realize the value of ONE MINUTE…..
Ask a person who missed the train.
To realize the value of ONE SECOND….
Ask a person who just avoided an accident.
To realize the value of ONE MILLISECOND…..
Ask the person who won a silver medal in the Olympics.