The Three Types of People (Story)
A teacher shows three toys to a student
and asks the student to find out the differences. All the three toys are seemed
to be identical in their shape, size and material. After keen observation, the
student observes holes in the toys. 1st toy it has holes in the ears. 2nd toy
has holes in ear and mouth. 3rd toy has only one hole in one ear.
Than with the help of needle the student puts the needle
in the ear hole of 1st toy. The needle comes out from the other ear. In the 2nd
toy, when the needle was put in ear the needle came out of mouth. And in the 3rd
toy, when the needle was put in, the needle did not come out.
When You Are Hurt (Story)
When someone expresses his
anger towards us, or speaks in a belittling way, what should we do? The answers
to such questions can be found in this incident from the life of Buddha.
Once Buddha went to beg with his disciple Ananda. When they approached a house
for food, the lady of the house, spoke harshly. ‘You lazy fellows! You are hale
and healthy…why can’t you work for your food?’ she yelled and chased them away.
The disciple was enraged at the woman she used such hostile words on his great
‘Please permit me to teach that woman a solid lesson…’ he pleaded with Buddha.
But Buddha walked away in silence.
A little later, Buddha handed over his water container to Ananda and went to
Having rested for a couple of hours they resumed their journey. On the way,
Buddha glanced at the water container and asked, ‘Whose is this?’ ‘It is yours,
Guruji!’ said Ananda. Buddha took it and looked at it once and returned it to
Ananda saying, ‘No, I gifted it to you a little while ago…it is yours.’
At night, Buddha pointed to the same water container and asked once again,
‘Whose is this?’ Now Ananda said, ‘Guruji, it is mine!’
Hearing this, Buddha said laughingly, ‘I asked you the same question earlier
this evening and you said it was yours. Now you are saying, it is mine. How can
the same container be yours and mine at the same time?’
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