Saturday, September 3, 2011

Short Stories of Jataka Tales 3

This Buddha story about treating others with respect, is part of an eBook series 51 Short Motivational Stories from Zen, Buddha and Ancient Tales.



The Brahmin who abused the Buddha



One day the rich Brahmin Bharadvaja invited the Buddha to his home for lunch.



When the Buddha arrived, Brahmin Bharadvaja instead of welcoming Buddha hurled abuses at him.



The Buddha listened quietly.



When Brahmin Bharadvaja stopped his abuses, Buddha asked, “Brahmin Bharadvaja, what do you do when guests come to your home?”



“I offer them alms and food,” replied the Brahmin.



“And what do you do when the guest refuses to receive the alms?” asked Buddha.



“We gladly partake that ourselves,” replied Brahmin Bharadvaja.



“Then I’m refusing to take the alms you just gave me. Please take them back, they belong to you,” said the Buddha.



Notes: Always give others what you’d gladly receive. The power of wealth often makes one heady and leads to a downfall. Beware of that. And treat others with humility and respect.