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(The Buddha and his disciples are in the forest. All of a sudden a dacoit named Angulimal enters.)

ANGULIMAL: Stop! Stop!

BUDDHA: I have already stopped. It is you who have not stopped. You have killed hundreds of people. You wear a garland of thumbs around your neck. I have already stopped; I am stationed in the Infinite Consciousness forever. But you are still roaming in the world of vital desires and trying to destroy the world. You have not yet come to a halt. In my case, I am already in the static silence of the Ineffable.

(Angulimal pulls out a knife and attempts to stab the Buddha, but the Buddha’s Light captures him. He falls at the feet of the Buddha.)

ANGULIMAL: O Buddha, forgive me. Forgive my ignorance. Forgive me for what I have done to the world, and for what I was going to do right now to you.

BUDDHA: I have forgiven you. I have forgiven your past; I have forgiven your present.

ANGULIMAL: If it is true that you have forgiven my past and my present, then I wish you to prove it.

BUDDHA: How do you want me to prove it?

ANGULIMAL: Accept me as your disciple. If you accept me as your disciple, then I will believe that you have truly forgiven me, O Lord.

BUDDHA: You are my disciple, Angulimal. I accept you.

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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