|Dasaradha continued: "Listen, I
shall tell you what followed.
"Having committed a sin and seeing the
young ascetic die, I stood wondering what-to do next. Finally I decided that it was my
duty and my interest to do what he advised me. I cleaned the pitcher, and filling it with
fresh water, took it and went along the foot-path he had pointed out.
"I reached his cottage and there I saw
the old couple waiting for the return of their son. They sat there like two birds with
broken wings shrivelled in body and unable to move. Both were blind.
"They were speaking to each other
about the long delay of their son in fetching water from the
stream. I was filled with terror as I slowly approached them.