Once a man approached Buddha looking furious. He was a businessman and his two sons were followers of Buddha. But this man felt that his sons were wasting time with Buddha instead of concentrating on business. He felt that spending four hours of their day seated next to someone whose eyes were always closed was incredulous. The businessman was very upset.
So, with seething anger, he went straight to Buddha, looked him in the eye and spat on his face. Buddha simply smiled. He showed no anger but his disciples around him got very angry. And who wouldn’t feel that way when you see someone spit on the face of your teacher. They, however, had to keep quiet since Buddha was with them. When the businessman saw that his action got no reaction, he walked away in a huff.
The businessman could not sleep in the night thinking of Buddha. The smile of Buddha haunted him and he became very restless. Next day, he went to Buddha and fell at his feet and asked for forgiveness for his actions. Buddha said, “I cannot excuse you!”
Everyone present including the man and Buddhas disciples were shocked by Buddha’s words. Then Buddha explained, “Why should I forgive you when you have done nothing wrong.”
The businessman told Buddha that he has wronged Buddha by spitting on his face.
Buddha simply said, “Oh! That person on whom you spit is not here right now. If I ever meet that person whom you spat on, I will tell him to excuse you. To this person who is here, you have done no wrong.” That is real compassion.
Once, Buddha went for begging in a house. The householder instead of giving any alms starting scolding Buddha. He shouted, “You are such an able-bodied person who is a prince and could have done great good to the world by working but you are now begging. It’s a shame.” etc.
Buddha listened to him calmly and after he finished, asked whether he can ask a question. The person consented. Buddha asked that if a parcel is sent to somebody and the receiver does not receive it, to whom does the parcel belong to? The man said that in that case the parcel should come back to the sender. Lord Buddha said that he had not received whatever the person has said, and left.
There is this lady who came to Buddha with her dead baby and asked him to revive the child. Buddha said he would do the needful but he needs a vital ingredient to bring about the resurrection. He asked her to get salt from a house which had never seen death.
The woman went from door to door the whole day but she could not find such a house. Later in the evening, she went to Buddha and fell at his feet and said that she understands it now. She is not the only person who has suffered the loss of a loved one! We can all derive a great lesson from this story. Everyone has to go through pain in their life. We should stop feeling victimized by circumstances, overcome the miseries and move on.
During the time of Buddha, there was a fearsome dacoit by the name of Angulimal. He was a monster who had vowed to cut off a thousand heads with his sword. And as a memento, he would cut one finger from each of his victims and made a garland of fingers. Once Buddha along with his followers was travelling through the hill in which the dangerous dacoit resided.
When finally Buddha came near the dacoit, he raised his sword and told Buddha that he is going to cut his head off. Buddha as usual was his smiling self and said’ “My head is for yours to take but it is an old tradition to fulfill the last desire of a dying person.” When Angulimal asked Buddha what his last wish was, Buddha simply told him to cut off a branch from a nearby tree. When the dacoit did so, Buddha told him to put it back to the tree and make it whole like before. Angulimal told Buddha that it was not possible to do so. That’s when Buddha said, it is easy to cut off the branch of a tree just like it is easy to cut off my head. It can be done by any child. What is difficult is to create, to heal and that only real men of real power can do! Cutting of someone’s head is childs play. But to give life to a fellow being is what needs power and that’s what the real mighty do! Angulimal realized the vanity of his pursuit and dropped the sword. He went on to become Buddhas disciple and spent his time in contemplation and understanding the true meaning of life.