Buddha means “Awakened One” or “Enlightened one”.
Born as Siddhartha Gautama, in a Kingdom full of luxury and wealth, he had an easy life. But Buddha was moved by suffering in the outside world.
It is believed that Buddha found enlightenment while meditating under a Bodhi tree. He went on to become one of the greatest spiritual teachers.
In today’s world, we live in a situation, where we are occupied by stress, ego, greed, and many other negative emotions. Buddha’s teachings will help us to understand the way we live our life.
Here are 3 Inspiring short stories of Gautama Buddha to help you make a better person in life.
#1. Short Stories on Buddha – Forgiveness of Buddha
One day Buddha went to a village with his disciples. Hearing Buddha’s visit, many villagers turned out to seek his blessings.
But one Businessman, who is running a business with his children was very furious with Buddha. He thought Buddha is doing something wrong, by simply drawing his children and other people in the village just to meditate without doing anything.
And he felt spending time just by seating next to Buddha whose eyes were always closed is a complete waste of time, instead, his Children’s should help his business to make, more money.
He said, “Today, I will teach him a Lesson”.
He started walking angrily towards Buddha and as soon as he approached Buddha, he felt some difference. But the anger in him did not dissipate.
He was speechless and was not able to express his emotions in words. He simply spat on Buddha’s face.
Buddha in return, simply smiled.
Seeing this, his disciples and the villagers were furious with the Businessman, but in Buddha’s presence, they controlled their emotions and kept quiet.
Businessman noticed that his action had not drawn any reaction from the people around him and also Buddha simply smiled in return.
Then he thought “If I continue staying here, I will explode again”.So he walked away from the place.
He returned to his home but the image of smiling Buddha completely occupied his mind. In his life, for the first time, he met someone who reacted like this for a disrespectful action.
He went to sleep that night, but could not sleep all night and he was shivering. He felt that something different happening to him and the whole world turned upside down.
The next day, he went to Buddha and fell at his feet “Please Forgive me for my action”.
Buddha replied, “I cannot forgive you”.
Hearing Buddha’s reply, his disciples and villagers were shocked. Buddha has been compassionate throughout his life and accepted everyone in his ashram regardless of their past. And now he is telling, he could not excuse businessman behavior.
Seeing everyone’s sense of shock he explained “Why should I excuse you, when you have not done anything”.
The businessman replied, “It is me, yesterday spat on your face in my anger”.
Buddha said, “That person is not here anymore, If I ever meet the person on whom you spat, I will tell him to excuse you!.
Right now, to the person here in this moment, You are wonderful and you have not done anything wrong”..
Moral of the story:
In life, true forgiveness is not just saying “I forgive you!. It is when we forgive a person and that person doesn’t even know that he’s been forgiven and they should not feel guilty of their mistake.
Instead, if we forgive them and keep on reminding them about their mistake and making them guilty all time, then it’s not true forgiveness. It’s a punishment to them.
#2. Short Stories on Buddha – Never Let Anyone Control You
Buddha and his disciples never stay in one place for a long time. Staying for a long time will be a burden to the villagers as they depend on villagers for their food.
One day Buddha went to a village he had never before. He knocked on the door of one of the houses in the village with his begging bowl.
After some time, a lady came out and she became furious to see a monk with a begging bowl in his hand.
Lady started abusing Buddha, “You are looking fit enough to work. Then you want to have food without working”.
And she kept on abusing him. But Buddha stood still listening without any reaction and waiting for her to finish.
She paused to catch her breath. Then she asked, “Why are simply standing like a stone? Say something.”
Buddha said, “Mother If an offer has come and if it is not accepted, to whom does it belong?”.
Lady replied, “I offer you nothing, just get out of my place”.
Buddha gently replied, “Mother, the time I met you, you have been offering me whatever you have?”.
The Lady realized that Buddha was referring to the abuses, she made on him and she asked
“So, your question is, if the offer is not accepted, to whom does it belong”.
Buddha smiled back.
Lady realized her mistake and she bowed to Buddha for forgiveness.
Buddha finally said, “As a mirror reflects an object and as stand still lake reflects the sky, take care of what you speak and how you act is always good. For goodness will always cast back goodness and for harm will always cast back harm”.
Then she bought some food for him. Buddha thanked her and he continued his journey.
Moral of the story:
Never let anyone take control or empower you, through their anger and words. Instead, be the mirror and reflect them. Be mindful and control your emotions.
By controlling yourself, you will never get affected by anyone. And the only person who is going to get affected by the negativity in them.
And remember whatever you give it to others, you will get the same in return.
#3. Short Stories on Buddha – Law of Karma
One day Buddha was doing meditation when a young man visited him and he looked very upset.
Buddha asked him the reason. The young man said that his father has died and could not get out of the sorrow. But he wants to perform the best after-life rituals for his father. So that his father’s soul would go to heaven irrespective of what his father has done in his life, either good or bad.
So I came to you with the request, “Please do the afterlife rituals for my father, so that his soul will gain entry to heaven and resides there”.
Buddha Said, “Okay, bring two earthen pots, some pebbles, and butter to fill ‘the pots”.
Young man thinking that these items are for last rituals went to the market and bought them.
Buddha said, “Fill one pot with pebbles and one pot with Butter and seal them. And then go and drop both the pots at the nearby pond”.
The young man did so and both the pots sank to the bottom.
Then Buddha said, “Now break them open with a stick!”.
The young man struck hard and broke the pots, the butter from one pot started floating on the surface and the pebbles from the other pot settled at the bottom.
Then Buddha Said, “Well I have done this much, Now call all your priests and ask them to pray, so that butter will sink down and pebbles will start floating on the Surface!.
The young man in shock asked, “How is it possible?. The pebbles are heavier than water and they will stay only in the bottom whereas butter is lighter than water and it will only float. So, doing the opposite is against the law of nature”.
Buddha said, “Young man, you understand the law of nature pretty well but you forget that it applies to everyone.”
In all his life, if your father performed wrong actions that were heavy like pebbles, he is bound to go down and no one will pick him up.
If he had performed right actions that were lighter like butter then he is bound to go up and no one can push him down”.
Youngman now completely understood the law of nature and fell on Buddha’s feet and thanked him for the teaching on the law of nature.
Moral of the story:
The Law of nature clearly defines us that in life, whatever we do either good or bad, we are going to get It back, that’s the Law of Karma.
No external power can change it. While we live, we must perform only good things In our day-to-day life.
What you seed, you will reap.
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