Reflection * No one, not even an Arahant or Enlightened Being is free from blame, abuse or the negative actions of others who are still filled with the defilements of greed, hatred and delusion.
* No on, not even an Arahant or Enlightened Being can be completely and perfectly praised or accepted, followed or respected by all.
* Reflecting on this, # Why should we react negatively and suffer when others insult, abuse or slander us? The wise ponders : If there is some truth in the accusation, slander or gossip, then we can take steps to improve and remove the negative traits. If there is no basis in the negative things hurled at us, our mind should rest in equanimity ... without reacting, we will have mental peace.
# Why can't we learn to forgive and let go if others 'hurt' us ? After all we too ourselves have our own faults and weaknesses.
# When will we realize that in every 'bad' person there is some 'good', and in every 'good' person there is some 'bad'? In this way, we will relate well to all.
# When will we grow in the Dhamma and develop a mind that is steady and unperturbed by mundane and worldly 'abuses', 'insults', 'slanders' , 'gossips' and what-nots. No one is free from the 8 worldly conditions of Praise and Blame, Pleasure and Pain, Gain and Loss, Honor and Dishonor.
Bro. Oh Teik Bin