Once upon a time, on a beautiful sunny morning, a simple but enlightened being was passing through a village in an ancient India. Suddenly, a discourteous young man approached and began insulting him. “You have no right to teach others,” he shouted. “You are as stupid as everyone else. You are nothing but a fake.”
The old sage remained unfazed and patiently listened while the stranger vented his anger. This infuriated the heckler even more. “Why aren’t you defending yourself, why aren’t you angry!?” The sage paused his steps, looked the man deep into his eyes and softly answered, “Tell me friend, if someone wants to give you a gift but you choose to decline it, who would then ultimately own the gift?”
The stranger was stunned as the profound words slowly sunk to his heart. The Buddha briefly rested his hand on the stranger’s chest, gently pressed his palm against the stranger’s heart, radiantly smiled with his eyes and walked away in peace.
This story beautifully presents the power of human potential of self-mastery. It shows that getting angry or upset can be just a matter of consciously choosing whether to accept other people’s insults.
-AM TADAS, AngerMentor.com