One day Buddha was walking through a village. An angry and rude man approached him and began hurling insults.
“You have no right to be teaching others,” he shouted. “You are as stupid as everyone else. You are nothing but a fake.”
Buddha simply smiled.
So the man raged even louder…Yet the only reaction he could get from the Buddha was a smile and silence. Finally the man stormed away cursing and muttering with a scowl on his face.
The disciples were feeling angry having watched the Buddha being so unfairly insulted. One couldn’t keep quiet and asked the Buddha, “Why didn’t you reply to the rude man?”
The Buddha replied, “If someone offers you a gift, and you refuse to accept it, to whom does the gift belong?”
“Of course to the person who brought the gift,” replied the disciple.
“That is correct,” smiled the Buddha, “And that is exactly why I didn’t accept what that man was trying to offer me.”