Two Princes

Along the foothills of the Himalayas, two princes reigned.
Each unknown to the other, both dissatisfied and distraught.
One sought refuge within a chariot, the other under a tree.
Experiencing epiphanies, both attained awareness of serenity.

Arjuna, tormented by his feuding family, sat limp.
But in darkness came light, his outlook on life transformed.
Participating in war, yet now at ease, nothing altered but attitude.
A detached perspective, he found fulfillment through action.

Siddhartha, tormented by life’s brutality, sat in shade.
But in darkness came light, his outlook on life transformed.
Realizing his own brutality, he accepted life, finding tranquility.
A detached perspective, he found fulfillment through thought.

These princes saw a world of suffering and despair.
Succumbing to this view, they reached a desperate state.
Release required rejection of their poisonous perspective.
Merely the changing of ideas within an unchanged world.

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