the true Buddhist in the real sense of the term could not bear such
baseless accusation. Nor would he allow malicious propaganda go
unchecked and vitiate the whole atmosphere. He tried to convert his
brother without the weight of royal authority. In the true Buddhist
way, he showed him the superiority of his religion over others with
proofs and explanations and enumerated its relative merits and
values with illustrations.
they fell on deaf ears. Favorable reaction was found to be a remote
possibility. He did not see any signs of his brother's change of
mind. So he held out mild threats as the next step, but they bore no
fruit. And as a last resort, he reminded him or the dire
consequences, in the event of his persistence. Vitasoka remained
firm as a rock, unchanged and unmoved.