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And the Blessed One thought: "I have taught the truth which is

excellent in the beginning, excellent in the middle, and

excellent in the end; it is glorious in its spirit and glorious

in its letter. But simple as it is, the people cannot understand

it. I must speak to them in their own language. I must adapt my

thoughts to their thoughts. They are like unto children, and love

to hear tales. Therefore, I will tell them stories to explain the

glory of the Dharma. If they cannot grasp the truth in the

abstract arguments by which I have reached it, they may

nevertheless come to understand it, if it is illustrated in