This being said, the King of Māgadha, Ajātasattu, Vedehiputta, spoke thus to Bhagavā:
“Excellent, Bhante, how wonderful! Just as, Bhante, something knocked down would be put up again, as if something covered would get uncovered, as if someone would point out the way to someone gone astray, as if somebody held up a shining oil lamp into darkness so that those with eyes could perceive what was there to see, in the same way, Bhante, the Bhagavā has revealed the Dhamma in various ways.
And thus, Bhante, I take refuge in the Bhagavā, the Dhamma and the Bhikkhusaṅgha. May the Bhagavā accept me as his lay disciple from this day onwards for my whole life. Such foolish, such erroneous, such wicked was I that for gaining the rulership I had deprived my father, the just and good king, of his life. May Bhante, the Bhagavā accept my confession of this and that I may restrain from it in future.