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I was annoyed by the temple priests--wretches who pretend to worship Buddha but really worship the purse--vile beings who pester every visitor with continuous demands for money. One receives such requests every few yards, so that what should be a sacred and hallowed walk becomes a happy hunting-ground for mere mercenaries. O, Gautama! How sad I felt that these parasites should pollute the sacred precincts of Buddh Gaya.


-- Notebooks Category 15: The Orient > Chapter 2: India > # 190






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