Two Ascetics

The Bodhisattva was once born as the king of Gandhara. One day, he saw the lunar eclipse and realized the futility of his kingly life. So he became an ascetic and went to live in the forest. The king of Videha, who was his friend, followed him. The two ascetics stayed together in the forest and went to the village to seek alms daily. One day, one of the ascetics hid some salt for use on rainy days without his friend’s knowledge. When the other ascetic found the salt, he was very displeased with his friend for being selfish and greedy. The ascetic realized his mistake and sought his friend’s forgiveness saying, “I am indeed guilty of being attached to worldly things, my friend. Please forgive me for being selfish.” So the two again became friends and led a life of penance.

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