Maulinputta, a devout disciple came to Buddha and humbly apologized for having offended the Buddha the previous day. This disciple had been enlightened for a long time and was a great scholar of the scriptures, one of the most famous pundits of the realm. The Buddha was taken aback and claimed that he had done nothing to offend.
But Maulinputta insisted that he must apologise and vowed never to make the same mistake again. And again the Buddha denied that one of his most respected disciples had done nothing wrong.
A third time he came to apologise, but Buddha turned to him and told him that he promised to convey his apology to the person he had offended if he came across him. Once again he reassured the disturbed Maulinputta that he had not offended the Buddha.
Then seeing the distress of his beloved disciple, he sat down with him and explained tenderly.
Maulinputta, the man you think you offended no longer exists.
The disciple was perplexed by this, asking urgently for more clarification for fear of losing his indispensable guru.
I am not the same as I was even 1 second ago. So I am completely different to the man you think you offended yesterday.
Maulinputta’s eyes lit up realizing that Buddha was teaching him.
Maulinputta, you are still attached to these visual tricks of the mind. Remember, all life is sheer energy constantly moving, like a fast-running mountain stream. You cannot hold on to anything except the fast-running spirit enveloping us. Step in the stream and feel the flow. This is your liberation Maulinputta.