The Gift

The Story of the Angry Young Man and The Buddha

It was said that one day the Buddha was walking through a village. A very angry and rude young man came up and began to insult him, saying all kinds of rude words The 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 young 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.


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Tiaga Nihal Kaur, 
Namaste ॐ

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