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Alara Kalama, also known as Ārāḍa Kālāma, was a hermit saint and a teacher of yogic meditation who lived near Rajgarha. He was one of the teachers of Gautama Buddha. Under Alara Gautama Buddha practised austerities. After departure Gotama Buddha went to Alara Kalama, who was a teacher in India at that time and taught a kind of preclassic Samkhya at Vaisali. Alara taught Gautama Buddha many things including meditation. After practising hard Gautama Buddha equalled Alara. At this time, Alara Kalama could not teach Buddha any more and he told,
You are the same as I am now. There is no difference between us. Stay here and take my place and teach my students with me.
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