King Pasenadi Learns to See True Character (2)
evening, when King Kosala was talking to the Buddha, there passed
by on the road a band of ascetics with knotted hair, hairy bodies
and long nails. They walked past slowly, with heads bent low.
At once the king got up and knelt down to worship them, uttering
his own name three times.
king came back to the Buddha and said, "Sir, there were
saints among those ascetics. Just see how calmly they walked
with heads bent down." With his divine eyes the Buddha
saw that those men were not saints, but spies who were sent
out to gather information.
Majesty," said the Buddha, "by mere appearances alone
it is not possible for one who leads a life of comfort to know
the real nature of another. If we want to understand a person's
real nature, his good and bad qualities, we must associate with
him for some time. We must be wise and have sharpness of mind."
can know a person's purity by conversing with him, observe his
courage in the face of misfortune and understand his wisdom
during discussions. The bad people, O king, sometimes pretend
to be good and it is difficult for you to judge their state