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An Assamese short story by Geetali Borah Translation: Biman Arandhara Buddhang sharanang gacchami Dharmang sharanang gacchami Sanghang sharanang gacchami… There, the sound of the holy mantra is wafting in through the air after striking against the sal forest. Maybe some monk, or some mendicant. The sun has risen. At the end of a dark night the first rays of the sun are grazing Kapilavastu. They are beginning to play varied games in the snow-covered mountain range far in the distance. And just like the white rays, the holy mantra Buddhang sharanang gacchami… over the main thoroughfare of Kapilavastu is pervading the entire surrounding after rebounding from the sal forest. Groups after groups of people are taking refuge in Tathagata in search of spiritual knowledge. Buddhism is spreading fast across Kapilavastu, Koshala, Magadha, Varanasi, etc. Wherever Tathagata is setting foot, he is gaining numerous followers. People are seeking emancipation. Emancipation…