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Then those men whose capital was painful practice

He saw, in matted locks, strips of bark, and flapping rags;

So seeing, and yet feeling towards their austerities a fond respect,

He remained there standing,
at the foot of an auspicious and splendid tree.

"The karma that caused the Buddha-to-be to be the Buddha was primarily not a function of his reasoning and not a function of his feelings, but was a function of his action. And in his action, the Buddha-to-be refrained from doing what a lesser person might have done. He refrained from expressing his intellectual conclusion outwardly, in a manner that might be offensive to his hosts, and equally he refrained from simply running away. Rather what he did was to stand there, to stand firm –
to practice the action of standing up."
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