On one occasion, five lay disciples were present while Buddha was expounding the Dhamma at the Jetavana monastery. One of them was asleep while sitting, the second was scratching the earth with his fingers, the third was shaking the tree, the fourth was looking up at the sky. The fifth was the only one who was respectfully and attentively listening to the Buddha. Venerable Ananda, who saw the different kinds of behavior of the five disciples commented, ‘ Venerable Sir! While you were giving the Dhamma only one out of those five people were listening attentively’. Then Ananda described the different attitudes of the other four to the Buddha and asked why they were behaving thus.
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