Front Page Titles (by Subject) XIII.: THE FIRST CONVERTS. - The Gospel of Buddha
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XIII.: THE FIRST CONVERTS. - Buddha, The Gospel of Buddha 
The Gospel of Buddha. Compiled from Ancient Records by Paul Carus. Illustrated by O. Kopetzky (Chicago and London: The Open Court Publishing Company, 1915).
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THE FIRST CONVERTS.
The Blessed One tarried in solitude seven times seven days, enjoying the bliss of emancipation. 1
At that time Tapussa and Bhallika, two merchants, came traveling on the road near by, and when they saw the great samana, majestic and full of peace, they approached him respectfully and offered him rice cakes and honey. 2
This was the first food that the Enlightened One ate after he attained Buddhahood. 3
And the Buddha addressed them and pointed out to them the way of salvation. The two merchants, conceiving in their minds the holiness of the conqueror of Māra, bowed down in reverence and said: “We take our refuge, Lord, in the Blessed One and in the Dharma.” 4
Tapussa and Bhallika were the first that became followers of the Buddha and they were lay disciples. 5