The Great Quest

A dramatic feature film based on the true life of Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha

5. King Suddhodana and Kaundinya

KING SUDDHODANA
Why did you give my son an impossible dream! You deserve to die!
Baspa pulls back, but Kaundinya stays, fearless.
KAUNDINYA
How can we as mere mortals argue with Siddhattha's destiny proclaimed by the gods?
KING SUDDHODANA
How can you, as a mere mortal, know what the gods proclaim!
KAUNDINYA
So why did you seek the Sage's predictions if you believe it is not possible?
Anger drains from the King's face.
KAUNDINYA
All of us see the signs that sparked Siddhartha's flight. How many of us can respond as he did? Could you?
A rare humbleness appears in the King's face.
KAUNDINYA
Siddhartha has his destiny. I am linked to his, as is Baspa.
KING SUDDHODANA
How long, Kaundinya?
KAUNDINYA
I don't know. It will not be easy.