My blog has come under some attack as being heresey lately. I realize this is coming from 1 individual who has told me he had a visit from God or something to that effect and now he knows the "real" truth about God and all things spiritual. So he has accused me of spreading untruths even tho I have told him time and again that this blog only represents "MY" personal beliefs.Still he replies to my blog with words Im sure meant to make me see the "light". All this has reminded me of a story I once read concerning the Buddha. In it there was a man who had heard about the Buddha and how he was so at peace that he didnt let anything bother him. Now this man decided that the Buddha must be a fake if he claimed to have that much inner peace.So he set out to find the Buddha. When he came upon Buddha he went into a rant calling the Buddha every filthy name he could come up with. He ranted and raved and tried his best to get Buddha to respond.After several minutes of this he finally saw the Buddha was not ging to get angry sohe became quiet. The Buddha smiled at him and asked if he was through with his rantings. The man did not reply so Buddha then asked him a question--If someone brings you a gift and offers it to you but they refuse to accept the gift then who does the gift tehn belong to? The man replied I suppose the gift would belong to the one who had brought it in the first place. The Buddha smiled. Right you are my friend and todayI am refusing this gift of anger and name calling you offer to me so it now will return to you its rightful owner. With these words the man turned and quickly ran away no longer wanting to hurl insults at the Buddha.
Now I must admit I have a long way to go before I can honestly say that things other people say dont bother me because they sometimes do. But even now I can remember to refuse any gift from anyone I choose so God help me to remain centered and calm when I am being attacked!