In the past, there was a person, together with many people sitting within a house, praising a person outside, to have virtuous practices extremely good, only having two faults. First, is that he is easily angry. Second, is that he does things hastily.
At that time, this person was passing by the door outside. Having heard him say these words, then giving rise to anger, he immediately entered the house, caught that person who spoke of his ignorant evils, and with his hands hit him.
A bystander asked, saying, ‘For what reason are you hitting him?’
That person replied, saying, ‘I, previously, at what time, was easily angry and hasty? Yet this person said, “I yield easily to anger, and do things hastily.” Therefore am I hitting him.’
The bystander spoke, saying, ‘You are now with the forms of being easily angry and hasty. With these immediately appearing as proof, how can you conceal them?’
People who have heard of his faults’ evils then gave rise to blame, and he was by all people deeply sneered at, blamed for his ignorance and confusion.
For example, like men of the world who drink wine, who are addicted to recreation and drinking, doing all that is heedless, when seeing people berating them, instead giving rise to resentment and hatred, painstakingly citing ‘proof’, using it for personal vindication, they are like this foolish person avoiding hearing of his own faults, when seeing others stating their faults, instead desiring to hit them.
[Note: There are the unmindful, self-centred and defensive, who habitually fail to reflect upon their faults, even when they are accurately raised before them by others without animosity. When they fiercely deny these faults with invalid justifications, this very denial only further affirms the same faults, perhaps while revealing even more faults, such as being severely deluded.
They might be so deluded that when this itself is also pointed out to them, they only deny them yet again, with even greater but still unfounded indignation. Those who are continually unwilling to be self-critical, and to receive criticism from others, be it fair or not, are those who will not improve spiritually.
If there is fair criticism, there should be direct acceptance and clear gratitude for the opportunity to self-reflect. If there is unfair criticism, there should be calm correction if necessary. At no point should there be resentment, in thought, word or deed.]
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