Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Motivational Buddha Story

The Bandit Who Threatened the Buddha

It is said that once when Buddha was walking through a forest he was threatened by a bandit, Angulimal.

“Give me all you have or you die,” threatened the bandit.

“I don’t have anything with me,” replied Buddha.

“Then be prepared to face my sword,” said Angulimal.

“Can you fulfil my dying wish?” asked Buddha.

“Tell me, what is it?” asked the bandit.

“Can you cut off a branch of that tree?” asked Buddha, pointing to a tree close by.

In a swift action of the bandit’s sword, the branch was cut.

“Done, what next?” asked Angulimal.

“Now, fix it back,” said Buddha.

“Don’t be an idiot, no one can put it back together,” said the bandit.

“You are the idiot, it’s child’s play to cut the tree, but only the mighty and wise know how to create things and heal,” said Buddha.

Angulimal fell silent.