In his life Siddhartha Gautama was famous not only for his work but also for quotations and sayings, some of which are quite popular and listed here.
Quotes By Gautama Buddha
There are a few great men who have inspired us to embrace non-violence even in the most turbulent situations and one of those eminent people is Lord Gautama Buddha. A perfect paradigm of this nature is narrated in an instance that resulted in a confrontation between a businessman and the Lord himself. One day, while Buddha was in the middle of his daily assemblage, an infuriated business man stormed into the court and paced straight towards Buddha. The businessman was miffed because every day his children had chosen to spend hours together in meditation with Lord Gautama rather than help him with his business, and the situation proved incredulous to him. Raged by the unprecedented fix, the man stood in front of Buddha and spat on the latter in the face. Though the followers of Buddha had already clenched their fists, readying to retaliate and only waiting for orders from their master, Buddha opened his eyes, looked at the man and only smiled. Baffled by the riposte of the Lord, the man darted out of the court, disconcert. For the first time in his life he had encountered a man who replied with a smile after being treated with disrespect. The man spent a night in sleeplessness; tossing and turning while the incident replayed in his head over and over again. While the man was forced into vigilance through the night until dawn, he felt a sudden transformation, one spurred by forgiveness. Trembling from what seemed like an anomalous situation to the man; he returned to the court of Buddha, fell at his feet and begged for forgiveness. In response to the gesture of repentance, Buddha replied, “I cannot excuse you.” To this response, the businessman and the followers of Gautama were left startled. Buddha then started speaking again to explain his choice of words. He curled his lips and exclaimed,” You have done nothing wrong.” On hearing this, the businessman tried explaining the mistake committed by him the previous day. Buddha responded,” Oh! That person is not there now. If I ever meet that person whom you spat on, I will tell him to excuse you. To this person who is here, you have done no wrong.” He only referred to the soul transformation that the man went through as a concomitant of his act of non-violence, a retaliation that proved greater than ferity itself.