Mahabodhi, the wise scholar, was a reincarnation of the Bodhisattva. He became an advisor to the king, who treated him with great respect. Seeing the honour that Mahabodhi received from the king, the other ministers became jealous. So, one day, finding the king alone in the garden, the jealous ministers approached him and said, “Your highness, you’ve been following Mahabodhi’s advice and practicing the kind of life he recommends. But what can a Brahmin know about politics and kingly duties?” The foolish king was easily convinced of the minister’s words and started ignoring Mahabodhi’s advice from then on.
Being an enlightened being, Mahabodhi could read the king’s mind. When the king’s dog barked at him one day, the scholar said, “This dog is imitating the disrespect you and your people show towards me.” The king felt ashamed and sought Mahabodhi’s forgiveness.
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