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Two Brahmin youths, Sariputta and Moggallana, were close childhood friends and monks following another religious master who had 550 disciples of their own. Growing dissatisfied with their teacher's doctrine, they made a pact among themselves that whoever would first discover the path to Truth would immediately inform the other. One day, the Venerable Assaji, one of the first five monks to join the Buddha, was going on almsround in Rajagaha. Sariputta was very impressed by this monk's face, shining with a deep peace, and his calm and composed deportment. Sariputta thought this was no ordinary monk, and requested the name of his teacher. When asked what the Buddha taught, the arhat-monk modestly said that he was only newly-ordained and unable to give an explanation in full, but only a brief summary. Sariputta said he only required the substance, the spirit and essence of the teachings. The Venerable Assaji spoke the following teaching to Sariputta, "Everything that ever has come into existence (through causes and conditions), or ever will come into existence, must pass away (when those conditions cease)." Sariputta, who was clever and highly spiritually developed, perceived the implications of such a sublime teaching through a remarkably succinct formula, needing only a slight indication to discern the Truth. He immediately reached the first stage of sainthood (Stream-entry). So grateful was he to the Venerable Assaji that he demonstrated exceptional reverence to him throughtout his life. Learning that the Buddha was residing in the Bamboo Grove, Sariputta returned to his friend who, subsequently, on hearing this brief verse, also became a Stream-Enterer. Very soon, both of them, along with their disciples, asked for ordination into the Monks Sangha. Before long, both realized Nibbana, the end of suffering. Later, they became the jewel-pair of disciples of the Buddha, becoming his right- and left-hand disciples, helping propagate the teachings and in assisting the administration of the Sangha community. Foremost in the Order, they were second only to the Buddha Himself. Venerable Sariputta was esteemed for his remarkable wisdom. Venerable Moggallana was known for his psychic powers. They passed away before the Buddha.

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