Throughout his life, Siddhartha encouraged people with his clear, sonorous voice. A Buddhist text describes how Siddhartha warmheartedly welcomed everyone he met, expressing his joy at seeing them. He showed affection, joy and gentleness in all his interactions. He greeted everyone with courtesy and respect. He never scowled or grimaced. To put others at ease and encourage them to speak up, Siddhartha would always break the ice by initiating the conversation. It was the power of his eloquence and sincerity that made it possible for Buddhism to gain wide acceptance among the people of his time.

Peace and Love, Jim

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