the city, the fire was burning on the altar, and King Bimbisara
and a group of priests were chanting hymns. They all worshipped
fire. When the leader of the fire-worshippers lifted his sword
to kill the first sheep, Siddhartha quickly stopped him. He
asked the king not to let the worshippers destroy the lives
of the poor animals. Then Siddhartha turned to the worshippers
and told them: "Life is extremely precious. All living
creatures want to live, just like people."