He is a kindly old man, a monk who has attained enlightenment, perceptive of the infinite universe, with tacit understanding.

Asita in Sanskrit means incomparably proper, or of correct proportion in spirit and physique. According to legend, Asita was born with two long white eyebrows. The story was that in his previous life he was a monk who though having tried very hard yet could not attain enlightenment at his ripeful age, and had only two long white eyebrows left. After his death, he was reincarnated into a man.

After he was born, his father was told that Buddha also had two long eyebrows, therefore his son had the look of Buddha in him. As a result, Asita was sent away to a monastery to become a monk, eventually attaining enlightenment.
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