There is an incident related to Gautam Buddha. The message of this incident is that we should avoid anger, otherwise we have to repent later. Gautam Buddha used to travel continuously. He used to stay for some time at different places and also preach to the people there.
One day he was preaching that anger is such a fire that the one who is angry burns himself and also burns others. We should avoid anger. At that time one of those who heard the sermon was very angry. He used to get angry over small things.
He became enraged when he heard Gautam Buddha’s words. He started saying that Buddha you are a hypocrite. These things are meaningless.
In anger, the person was continuously insulting Buddha, but Buddha did not say anything. Seeing Buddha silent, the person became more angry. For a long time he kept calling Buddha good and bad.
After a while he got tired of speaking and left from there. After his departure, Buddha started preaching again. The people present there were very impressed by the tolerance of the Buddha.
When the angry man reached his house, after some time his anger subsided. When his mind calmed down, he realized what a big mistake he had made. He immediately reached the Buddha to apologize. But, Buddha had moved on from that place.
The man reached another village searching for Buddha. Seeing Buddha there, he fell at his feet and started apologizing for his wrong behavior. Buddha asked the man, ‘Who are you and why are you asking for forgiveness?’
The man said, ‘Did you forget? I treated you badly yesterday. You were insulted.’
Buddha said, ‘I left it there yesterday and you are still stuck there. You regret the mistake, you have repented. Now you are sinless. Our today is ruined by remembering bad things. That is why we should forget the things of the past and move forward. Anger is such an evil, because of which one has to repent later. So anger should be controlled.
Hearing the words of the Buddha, the man resolved to control his anger and became a disciple of the Buddha.
More about this source textSource text required for additional translation information