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.

Source – eBook 51 Short Motivational Stories from Zen, Buddha and Ancient Tales.

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15 Comments (+add yours?)

    Jan 16, 2012 @ 10:45:26

    short yet strong message 🙂
    patience,,,, which most of us don’t have !


  2. Arnab
    Jan 16, 2012 @ 13:08:27

    Thanks for sharing this inspirational message.We hardly keep it in mind while hurling abuses at others that it might come back to us as well.


  3. maitreyeechowdhury
    Jan 16, 2012 @ 13:40:52

    good one 🙂


  4. jojopant
    Jan 16, 2012 @ 17:45:58

    Just two words – great message!


  5. mravi2011
    Jan 16, 2012 @ 21:14:40

    Good story


  6. Nandini
    Jan 16, 2012 @ 22:26:16

    Thanks for sharing this great story. 🙂


  7. ilOOk streetstyle
    Jan 17, 2012 @ 02:36:18

    thank you…and the photo..make me remember my trip in Aytthaya ..


  8. Inspirational Daily
    Jan 17, 2012 @ 15:34:12

    Thank you all for the comments.


  9. Akshay Kumar G
    Jan 17, 2012 @ 17:45:32

    Nice story 🙂


  10. Cynosure
    Jan 17, 2012 @ 22:22:43

    short, precise and great message… 🙂


  11. Aurora, HSP
    Jan 18, 2012 @ 00:54:27

    Timely, lovely message. Thank you for sharing.


  12. rahul aggarwal
    Jan 18, 2012 @ 16:08:20

    ive read this story in one of Buddha’s zen books…anyways great message!


  13. Maxi
    Jan 20, 2012 @ 00:25:21

    It’s the golden rule: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you

    Blessings – Maxi


  14. wishingcircle
    Jan 20, 2012 @ 09:53:17

    Great read. The truth is whatever we give, whether we want or not, comes back to us in one form or the other.


  15. gauravpandhi
    Feb 03, 2012 @ 14:15:23

    hey thanks, this is kind of something I was looking to refer in my online discussions.


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