This story relates the transitions a person undertook to achieve the state of everlasting peace. He first lived the life of a scholar, and then became an ascetic, and then a merchant, and then a boatman. I found it particularly interesting to learn how an ascetic could become a merchant. As it turns out, having the ability to read and write, as well as the patience to wait and fast, instead of having to seek any kind of work due to being driven by hunger, proved useful to this transition. Another key idea that I got from the book is that there are things that cannot be taught in words, but must truly be experienced for another person to understand.