NON-ATTACHMENT IS COMPLETE SELF-ABNEGATION
After that, suddenly, the ministers of the king and all the big officials came there and received him with the greatest honours.
They conducted him in and showed him into splendid rooms, gave him the most fragrant baths and wonderful dresses, and for eight days they kept him there in all kinds of luxury.
That solemnly serene face of Shuka did not change even to the smallest extent by the change in the treatment accorded to him; he was the same in the midst of this luxury as when waiting at the door.
Then he was brought before the king.
The king was on his throne, music was playing, and dancing and other amusements were going on.
The king then gave him a cup of milk, full to the brim, and asked him to go seven times round the hall without spilling even a drop.
The boy took the cup and proceeded in the midst of the music and the attraction of the beautiful faces.
As desired by the king, seven times did he go round, and not a drop of the milk was spilt.
The boy's mind could not be attracted by anything in the world, unless he allowed it to affect him.
And when he brought the cup to the king, the king said to him, "What your father has taught you, and what you have learned yourself, I can only repeat. You have known the Truth; go home."
To be continued ...