The Gospel of Buddha
Sariputta and Moggallana
At that time Sariputta and Maggallana,
two Brahmans and chiefs of the followers of Sanyjaya,
led a religious life.
They had promised each other:
"He who first attains Nirvana shall tell the other one." 
Sariputta seeing the venerable Assaji begging for alms,
modestly keeping his eyes to the ground degnified to deportment, exclaimed:
"Truly this samana has entered the right path;
I will ask him in whose name he has retired from the world
and what doctrine he professes."
Being addressed by Sariputta, Assaji replied:
"I am a follower of the Buddha, the Blessed One,
but being a novice I can tell you the substance only of the doctrine." 
"Tell me, venerable monk, it is the substance I want."
And Assaji recited the stanza: 
"The Buddha did cause unfold
Of all the things that spring from causes.
And further the great sage had told
How finally all passion pauses." 
Having heard this stanza, Sariputta obtained the pure and spotless eye of truth and said:
"Now I see clearly, whatsoever is subject to origination is also subject to cessation.
If this be the doctrine I have reached the state to enter Nirvana
which heretofore has remained hidden from me." 
Sariputta went to Moggallana and told him, and both said:
"We will go to the Blessed One, that he, the Blessed One, may by our teacher." 
When the Buddha saw Sariputta and Moggallana coming from afar, he said to his disciples,
"These two monks are highly auspicious." 
When the two friends had taken refuge in the Buddha, the Dharma and the Sangha,
the Holy One said to his other disciples:
"Sariputta, life the first-born son of a world-ruling monarch,
is well able to assist the king as his chief follower
to set the wheel of the law rolling." 
And the people were annoyed.
Seeing that many distinguished young men of the kingdom of Magadha
led a religious life under the direction of the Blessed One,
they became angry and murmured:
"Gotama Sakyamuni induces fathers to leave their wives
and causes families to become extinct." 
When they saw the bhikkhus, they reviled them, saying:
"The great Sakyamuni has come to Rajagaha subduing the minds of men.
Who will be the next to be led astray by him?" 
The bhikkhus told it to the Blessed One, and the Blessed One said:
"This murmuring, O bhikkhus, will not last long.
It will last seven days.
If they revile you, O bhikkhus,
answer them with these words: 
"'It is by preaching the truth that Tathagatas lead men.
Who will murmur at the wise? Who will blame the virtuous?
Who will condemn self-control, righteousness, and kindness?'" 
And the Blessed One proclaimed this verse: