The Middle Way

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He arose and broke the austerities. As his former garments had perished, he took a yellow shroud from the corpse of a servant girl awaiting cremation nearby. A local Brahmin's daughter, Sujata, approached and offered him a bowl of rice and milk. Renewed in body and mind, he proceeded to a nearby fig tree. On the eastern side of the tree he made himself a seat from kusha grass offered by a graincutter. His five ascetic companions were disgusted and departed to Banares.