“Just as a solid rock is not shaken by the storm, even so, the wise are not affected by praise or blame.” – Dhammapada, verse 81

Here, Ajahn Nyanadhammo tells the story of one day when Ajahn Chah taught him a nice little lesson.

Watch your own mind. Be careful not to get caught up when others praise or blame you.  Why?  Because:

  • Somebody says something nice to you – and you are happy for the whole day.
  • Somebody says something nasty to you – and you are unhappy for the whole day.

You are letting your own happiness be determined by external circumstances – and so your emotions will be like a yo-yo, getting pulled here and there.

As Ajahn Chah would say:

  • If we like it – that’s good
  • If we don’t like it – that’s good

and

  • If it’s good – that’s good
  • If it’s bad – that’s good

Credits: 

Thanks to Youtube channel Tuyube69 for sharing this video.

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