Friday, February 23, 2018
Daily Devotional of Buddhism
By: Ven. Shravasti Dhammika
Brahmin Akkosaka of the Bharadvaja Brahmin group heard that the leader of his group had become a member of the Sangha of the ascetic Gotama.
Bringing anger and displeasure, he went to where Bhagawa was.
Then he railed and berated Bhagawa with harsh words.
When he was finished, Bhagawa said, "What do you think, Brahmin, do you receive visits from friends and acquaintances, friends and relatives, as well as other guests?"
"Yes, Gotama, sometimes I accept it."
"And what do you think, do you prepare their food, drink, and place of night?"
"Yes, Gotama, sometimes I do it."
"And if they do not want to take those things from you, which belongs to whom?"
"Of course mine"
"So it is with what is happening here, the Brahmin, the curse, the insults, and the harsh words you utter to me that do not revile, revile, and utter harsh words, I do not want to accept.All these sayings are yours, Brahmin.
Someone who cursed when cursed and railed when reviled is like the host and his guests who eat together and entertain each other.
We are brahmans, do not eat together or entertain each other.
All those sayings are yours, brahmins. "~ Samyutta Nikaya I - 161 ~