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(The Buddha with his disciples. One disciple stands up.)

DISCIPLE: O Lord, I wish to preach your teachings.

BUDDHA: Certainly you may, but I would like to ask you a few questions first. I am sure you will be able to answer them.

DISCIPLE: It is by your grace that I will be able to answer them.

BUDDHA: Tell me, if somebody speaks ill of you, what will you do?

DISCIPLE: My Lord, I shall keep silent.

BUDDHA: Tell me, if he strikes you, what will you do?

DISCIPLE: I shall not raise my hands. I shall remain silent.

BUDDHA: If he wants to kill you, what will you do?

DISCIPLE: I shall keep silent. I know that death is inevitable. Everybody has to die. I shall also have to die one day. I shall not invoke death, and at the same time I shall not avoid death.

BUDDHA: I am most pleased with your answers. You can preach my philosophy. You have my blessings. (To all the disciples.) Today I would like to walk in the forest. Those who want to follow me can come along.

(All the disciples eagerly follow the Buddha.)

Sri Chinmoy, Siddhartha becomes the Buddha.First published by Agni Press in 1973.

This is the 28th book that Sri Chinmoy has written since he came to the West, in 1964.

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