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When the Buddha was staying at the Jetavana Vihara in Sravasti, one night the Heavenly King, Indra, and the King of the Asuras, Virocano, radiating celestial light, came to pay the Buddha a visit. They respectfully prostrated to the Buddha and sat on one side. The brightness of their auras lit up the room as light as day.

Then, the King of the Asuras said, “If one always diligently cultivates oneself , one’s wishes would certainly be fulfilled. Having attained realization, one can attain true happiness.” A little later, the Heavenly King said, “If one always diligently cultivates oneself, one’s wishes would indeed be fulfilled. If having attained success in one’s endeavor, one still practices tolerance, that is most extraordinary.”

Next, the Heavenly King asked the Buddha, “Which one of our statements is most beneficial and which one least?” The Buddha explained, “Any speech that correctly distinguishes right from wrong is beneficial. In order to pursue what is beneficial to them, sentient beings follow what they desire. As long as they put effort into their pursuit, they will gain something in return. However, what is most extraordinary is for us to keep practicing tolerance even after we have fulfilled our goal. Therefore, we should all practice tolerance.”

Both of the kings were filled with great joy after hearing the Buddha’s teaching. They prostrated to the Buddha before returning to their palaces.

Reflection

All worldly phenomena arise and cease. If we are only obsessed with our current achievements and glories, we can easily lose ourselves with success. If we do not realize the truth of impermanence, we will be worried about changes and fearful of losses. In life, we encounter good and bad fortune. Whatever the circumstances, we should remain undisturbed by the external conditions. Abiding in good thoughts and the right thoughts, we will attain true peace in body and mind.