How would you react if they spit in your face? With anger and violence? Without reacting physically but with resentment? Putting the other cheek? With temperance and wisdom extracting a lesson from an unpleasant situation and changing the vibration in your adversary?
In this story We can discover how Buddha reacted to the conflict and the messages he conveys to us about the role of crisis-problems in our path and what they can hide what we consider “crosses in Life”, about the power of gratitude, personal example about other people, control of visceral emotions and about the experience of here and now.
A short story but rich in teachings to reflect.
By the way, Meditation is a great tool for muscular equanimity, much needed virtue in a hectic world ...
The buddha tale and the man who spit in his face
On one occasion a man came to Buddha and spit in his face. His disciples, of course, were enraged.
Ananda the nearest disciple, addressing Buddha said: This goes beyond the line! And was go red and continued: Give me permission! To teach this man what he just did!
Buddha wiped his face and said to man: THANKS, THANKS, THANKS.
You have created, a situation, a context, in which I have been able to verify if it can still invade me it will go or not, and it cannot, and I am tremendously grateful, and you have also created a context for my disciples, mainly for Ananda, my closest disciple.
This allows you to see that you can still invade it. Thank you! We are very grateful to you! And you are always invited to come. Please, whenever you feel the imperative desire to spit on someone you can come with us.
It was such a shock to that man ... He couldn't give credit to his ears, he couldn't believe what was happening, He had come to provoke the Buddha's going, and he had failed.
That night he could not sleep, he was circling in bed, thoughts were constantly chasing him: Spitting Buddha, one of the most insulting things, and that the Buddha remained as serene as calm as he had been before, as if not nothing would have happened ... That the Buddha wiped his face and said: "THANKS, THANKS, THANKS, when you feel like spitting someone, please come to us," he remembered again and again ...
That calm, serene face, those compassionate eyes, and when Buddha thanked him, it was not a formality, he was truly grateful, his whole being told him that he was grateful, Buddha gave off an atmosphere of gratitude.
The next morning very early, he came back hastily, prostrated himself at the feet of the Buddha and said: Please forgive me, I have not been able to sleep all night.
Buddha replied, It doesn't matter, don't apologize for something that doesn't exist anymore. So much water has passed through the river Ganges! Look, so much water runs every moment! It's been 24 hours, why do you carry something that doesn't exist anymore, don't think about it anymore!
And besides, I can't forgive you, because in the first place I never got mad at you, if I was angry I could forgive you, save the experience and learn deeply from these facts and thanks.
Be grateful to everyone, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU to those who have helped you, to those who have put you in obstacles, they are true teachers, everything you dislike reflects your EGO ... All those who have been indifferent to you. Be grateful to everyone, because everyone together is creating the context in which Buddhas are born, in which you can become Buddha.
The world is contributing to create the situation for you to transform yourself, your friends, your enemies, the good and the bad people, the unfavorable or favorable circumstances ... All this Tao (path or teaching) is creating the context in which you can enlighten yourself and become a Buddha. Be grateful to everything.
“Be grateful to everyone. Thanks, thanks, thanks to those who have helped you, with those who have placed obstacles, they are true teachers, everything you dislike reflects your ego ... All those who have been indifferent to you. Be grateful to everyone, because everyone together is creating the context in which Buddhas are born, in which you can become Buddha ”
“The world is contributing to create the situation for you to transform yourself, your friends, your enemies, the good and the bad people, the unfavorable or favorable circumstances… All this TAO (path or teaching) is creating the context in which you can enlighten yourself and become a Buddha. Be grateful to everything ”