Chudapanthaka, a young monk and his brother were the humble disciples of Sakyamuni Buddha. While his brother could easily memorise verses, Chudapanthaka could hardly remember his guru’s teachings. Seeing Chudapanthaka’s futile attempts at memorizing the verses, his brother once advised him to leave the monastery and return home. Chudapanthaka took his advice and left the monastery with a heavy heart.
On his way home, Chudapanthaka met the Buddha, who smiled at him and said, Don’t worry. You don’t have to leave the monastery. Just stand outside the monastery with a rug and help the monks clean their feet. Happy at the Buddha’s advice, Chudapanthaka went back to the monastery and did what the Buddha had told him. As time passed, Chudapanthaka realized that he was indeed doing charity and helping others. This made him very happy and at last, he too, became the Buddha’s disciple.