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Sacred Books of the Buddhists
Volume III

Dīgha Nikāya

Dialogues of the Buddha
Part II

Sutta 14

Mahā Padāna Suttantaɱ

The Sublime Story

Translated from the Pali by T.W. Rhys Davids

Public Domain

Originally published under the patronage of
His Majesty King Chulālankarana,
King of Siam
by The Pali Text Society, Oxford

 


 

Introduction
to the
Mahā Padāna Sutta

We find in this tract the root of that Birana-weed which, growing up along with the rest of Buddhism, went on spreading so luxuriantly that it gradually covered up much that was of value in the earlier teaching, and finally led to the down-fall, in its home in India, of the ancient faith. The doctrine of the Bodhisatta, of the Wisdom-Being, drove out the doctrine of the Aryan Path. A gorgeous hierarchy of mythological wonder-workers filled men's minds, and the older system of self-training and self-control became forgotten.

Even at its first appearance here the weed is not attractive. The craving for edification is more manifest in it than the desire for truth. We have legends of six forerunners of the historical Buddha, each constructed with wearisome iteration, in imitation of the then accepted beliefs as to the life of Gotama. So exactly do these six legends follow one pattern that it has been possible, without the omission of any detail, to arrange them in parallel columns.

The main motive of this parallelism is revealed in the constantly repeated refrain Ayam ettha dhammatā: 'That, in such a case, is the rule,' the Norm, the natural order of things, according to the reign of law in the moral and physical world. Precisely the same idea is emphasized in the doctrine of dependent origination, the Paṭcca-samuppāda, placed here in the mouth of Vipassi, the most ancient of these six teachers of old. The fact that it is so placed shows that the early Buddhists, when our Suttanta was composed, believed this doctrine to have been pre-Buddhistic.

It is probable that all the great religious teachers of antiquity appealed, in support of their views, to the wise men of still older times. It is so recorded of most of them; and where it is not recorded, as in the cases of Lao Tsü and Zarathustra, that is probably due to the meagreness of the extant records. In every country where the level of intelligence was sufficient to produce a great leader of men in matters of religion, it was sufficient also to bear in remembrance the names at least, and a vague notion as to some of the doctrines, of former, if perhaps less successful and famous, reformers.

[2] But a Wisdom-Being, appearing from aeon to aeon under similar circumstances to propound a similar faith! This is an exclusively Indian conception; in Indian literature it is mainly Buddhist; and in Buddhist literature its first appearance is in documents of the date of our Suttanta. Did the Buddha himself know anything of this theory? Possibly not. The theory of a number of successive Buddhas pre-supposes the conception of a Buddha as a different and more exalted personage than an Arahant. Now in our oldest documents these two conceptions are still in a state of fusion. The word Buddha does not occur in its later, special, technical sense. It occurs often enough in ambiguous phrases, where it may be translated by 'Converted One, Awakened One.' Thus at Sutta Nipāta 48 [sic. vs 408, #III.1] it is said, of Gotama, 'The Awakened One (Buddho) came to Rājagaha'; but the time referred to is some years before he had become a Buddha in the later technical sense. And at Sutta Nipāta 167 it is said: 'Let us ask Gotama, the awakened one who has passed beyond anger and fear'; but the very same adjectives are used at Itivuttaka, No. 68, of any ordinary Arahant. So the phrases used to describe the mental crises in Gotama's career are invariably precisely the same as those used under similar circumstances of his disciples; and this holds good both of his going forth, and of his victory and attainment of Nirvana under the Tree of Wisdom. Further than that, in long descriptions of Gotama — such for instance as that in Sutta Nipāta, verses 153 to 167 — all the epithets used are found elsewhere applied to one or other of his disciples. The teacher never called himself a Buddha (as distinct from an Arahant). When addressed as Buddha, or spoken of as such, by his followers, it is always doubtful whether anything more is meant than an enlightened Arahant.

It is needless to state that this does not in the least imply any sense of equality between the teacher and his disciples. The very oldest documents represent the difference as immeasurable; but as a difference of degree, not of kind. The question is as to the manner of the growth and hardening of this sense of difference; and as to the consequent gradual change in the connotation of words.

In the episode of the events between the Wisdom Tree and the First Discourse, in which — for the first time perhaps — we twice have the epithet Sammāsambuddha[1], it is in a similar way associated both times on equal terms with Arahā. So [3] the word Bodhisatta has gradually changed its meaning and implication. First used of Gotama between the Going Forth and the Nirvana, it is then used of him from the moment of conception; then of all the Buddhas from conception to Arahantship; then of those beings on earth — men or animals — who were eventually to become Buddhas; then of gods; and finally it became a sort of degree in theology, and was used as a term of respect for any learned and able Mahāyānist doctor.

The word Apadāna, used in the title of this Suttanta for the legend or life-story of a Buddha, is also used as a title of a book in the supplementary Nikāya. There it has come generally to mean the legend or life-story of an Arahant, male or female, though the older connotation is also found. In later books it is never used, I think, for the legend of a Buddha. The full title may mean the Story of the Great Ones — that is the Seven Buddhas — or the Great (the important) Story — that is the Story of the Dhamma, and its bearers and promulgators. The last is probably what is meant, as in the corresponding title of the Mahāvastu.

 


[4]

Mahā Padāna Sutta

The Sublime Story

[1] THUS HAVE I HEARD.

The Exalted One was once staying at Sāvatthi, in Anātha Piṇḍika's pleasaunce in the Jeta Wood, at the Kareri-tree cottage.[2]

Now among many bhikkhus who had returned from their alms-tour and were assembled,
sitting together after their meal,
in the pavilion in the Kareri grounds,[3]
a religious conversation bearing on previous births arose,
to the effect that thus and thus were previous births.[4]

2. And the Exalted One, with clear and Heavenly Ear surpassing the hearing of men,
overheard this conversation among the bhikkhus.[5]

And arising from [5] his seat he came to the pavilion in the Kareri grounds,
and took his seat on the mat spread out for him.

And when he had sat down he said to the brethren: —

'What is the talk on which you are engaged sitting here,
and what is the subject of conversation between you?'

And they told him:

'Now among many bhikkhus who had returned from their alms-tour and were assembled,
sitting together after their meal,
in the pavilion in the Kareri grounds,
a religious conversation bearing on previous births arose,
to the effect that thus and thus were previous births.'

3. Then he said: —

'Do you not wish, brethren, to hear some religious talk on the subject of former lives?'

'Now is the time, O Exalted One,
now is the time, Welcome One,
for the Exalted One to give us a religious discourse
on the subject of former lives.

When the brethren have heard it from the Exalted One
they will bear it in mind.'

Wherefore then, brethren, hearken well to me,
and I will speak.'

'So be it, lord,' replied the brethren.

And the Exalted One said: —

4. 'It is now ninety-one aeons ago, brethren,
since Vipassi, the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
arose in the world.

It is now thirty-one aeons ago, brethren, since Sikhi,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
arose in the world.

It was in that same thirty-first aeon, brethren, that Vessabhu,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
arose in the world.

It was in this present auspicious aeon, brethren, that Kakusandha,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
arose in the world.

It was in this auspicious aeon, brethren, that Konāgamana,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
arose in the world.

It was in this auspicious aeon, brethren, that Kassapa,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
arose in the world.

It is in this auspicious aeon, brethren, that now I,
an Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
have arisen in the world.'

5.[ed1] Vipassi, the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
was born in the aristocracy, in the khattiya cast.

Sikhi,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
was born in the aristocracy, in the khattiya cast.

Vessabhu,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
was born in the aristocracy, in the khattiya cast.

Kakusandha,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
was born in the theocracy, in the brahmin cast.

Konāgamana,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
was born in the theocracy, in the brahmin cast.

Kassapa,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
was born in the theocracy, in the brahmin cast.

I,
an Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
was born in the aristocracy, in the khattiya cast.

6. Vipassi, the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
was born in the Kondañña clan.

Sikhi,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
was born in the Kondañña clan.

Vessabhu,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
was born in the Kondañña clan.

Kakusandha,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
was born in the Kassapa clan.

Konāgamana,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
was born in the Kassapa clan.

Kassapa,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
was born in the Kassapa clan.

I,
an Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
was born in the Gotama clan.

7. Vipassi, the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
lived when the length of life was eighty-thousand years.

Sikhi,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
lived when the length of life was seventy-thousand years.

Vessabhu,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
lived when the length of life was sixty-thousand years.

Kakusandha,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
lived when the length of life was fourty-thousand years.

Konāgamana,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
lived when the length of life was thirty-thousand years.

Kassapa,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
lived when the length of life was twenty-thousand years.

I,
an Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
live when the length of life is one hundred years.

8. Vipassi, the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
arose to awakening at the root of the Pāṭali Tree.

Sikhi,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
arose to awakening at the root of the Puṇḍarīka Tree.

Vessabhu,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
arose to awakening at the root of the Sāla Tree.

Kakusandha,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
arose to awakening at the root of the Sirīsa Tree.

Konāgamana,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
arose to awakening at the root of the Udumbara Tree.

Kassapa,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
arose to awakening at the root of the Nigrodha Tree.

I,
an Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
arose to awakening at the root of the Assattha Tree.

9. Vipassi, the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had disciples chief in learning, chief in good luck named Khaṇḍāā and Tissa.

Sikhi,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had disciples chief in learning, chief in good luck named Abhibhu and Sambhava.

Vessabhu,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had disciples chief in learning, chief in good luck named Soṇa and Uttara.

Kakusandha,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had disciples chief in learning, chief in good luck named Vidhūra and Sañjīva.

Konāgamana,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had disciples chief in learning, chief in good luck named Bhiyyosa and Uttara.

Kassapa,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had disciples chief in learning, chief in good luck named Tissa and Bhāradvāja.

I,
an Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
have disciples chief in learning, chief in good luck named Sāriputta and Moggallāna.

10. Vipassi, the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had three assemblies of disciples:
one of 68 lacs [6,800,000] of bhikkhus,
one of 100,000 bhikkhus,
one of 80,000 bhikkhus
and of these three assemblies all had destroyed the āsavas.

Sikhi,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had three assemblies of disciples:
one of 100,000 of bhikkhus,
one of 80,000 bhikkhus,
one of 70,000 bhikkhus
and of these three assemblies all had destroyed the āsavas.

Vessabhu,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had three assemblies of disciples:
one of 80,000 of bhikkhus,
one of 70,000 bhikkhus,
one of 60,000 bhikkhus
and of these three assemblies all had destroyed the āsavas.

Kakusandha,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had one assembly of disciples numbering 40,000 bhikkhus
and of these all had destroyed the āsavas.

Konāgamana,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had one assembly of disciples numbering 30,000 bhikkhus
and of these all had destroyed the āsavas.

Kassapa,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had one assembly of disciples numbering 20,000 bhikkhus
and of these all had destroyed the āsavas.

I,
an Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
have one assembly of disciples numbering 1250 bhikkhus
and of these all have destroyed the āsavas.

11. Vipassi, the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had as attendant, main attendant, a bhikkhu named Asoka.

Sikhi,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had as attendant, main attendant, a bhikkhu named Khemaŋkura.

Vessabhu,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had as attendant, main attendant, a bhikkhu named Upasannaka.

Kakusandha,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had as attendant, main attendant, a bhikkhu named Buddhija.

Konāgamana,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had as attendant, main attendant, a bhikkhu named Sotthija.

Kassapa,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had as attendant, main attendant, a bhikkhu named Sabbamitta.

I,
an Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
have as attendant, main attendant, a bhikkhu named Ānanda.

12. Vipassi, the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had a father named King Bandhumā,
his mother was named Queen Bandhumatī,
and King Bandhumā ruled over the great city of Bhandhumatī.

Sikhi,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had a father named King Aruṇo,
his mother was named Queen Pabhāvatī,
and King Aruṇo ruled over the great city of Aruṇavatī.

Vessabhu,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had a father named King Suppatīto,
his mother was named Queen Yasavatī,
and King Suppatīto ruled over the great city of Anopamaṃ.

Kakusandha,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had a father named Brāhman Aggidatto,
his mother was named Brāhmani Visākhā,
and at that time Khemo was the king of Khemavatī.

Konāgamana,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had a father named Brāhman Yaññadatto,
his mother was named Brāhmani Uttarā,
and at that time Sobho was the king of Sobhavatī.

Kassapa,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had a father named Brāhman Brahmadatto,
his mother was named Brāhmani Dhanavatī,
and at that time Kikī was the king of Bārāṇasī.

I,
an Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had a father named King Suddhodano,
my mother was named Queen Māyā,
and they ruled over the great city of Kapilavatthu.'

[Thus said the Exalted One. Having spoken, The Welcome-one arose from his seat and departed.][ed2]

 


 

[6] 13. Now not long after he had gone out,
this talk arose amonor the brethren: —

'How wonderful a thing, brethren,
and how strange
is the great genius,
the master mind of the Tathāgata,
that he should remember the Buddhas of old,
who attained final completion,
who cut off obstacles,
who cut down barriers,
who have ended the cycle,
who have escaped from all sorrow —
that he should remember of these
that such was their rank,
such were their personal names,
such were their family names,
such the span of their lives,
such their pair of disciples,
and such the number
of the congregations of their disciples,
telling us: —

"Of such was the birth of those Exalted Ones,
such were their names,
and their clans;
such were their morals,
their doctrines,
their wisdom;
thus did they live,
and thus they gained emancipation."

Now, what think you, brother?

Has this principle of truth
been clearly discerned by the Tathāgata,
so that by his discernment of it
that he should remember the Buddhas of old,
who attained final completion,
who cut off obstacles,
who cut down barriers,
who have ended the cycle,
who have escaped from all sorrow —
that he should remember of these
that such was their rank,
such were their personal names,
such were their family names,
such the span of their lives,
such their pair of disciples,
and such the number
of the congregations of their disciples,
telling us: —

"Of such was the birth of those Exalted Ones,
such were their names,
and their clans;
such were their morals,
their doctrines,
their wisdom;
thus did they live,
and thus they gained emancipation."

Or have gods revealed this matter to the Tathāgata,
so that thereby he remembers?'

[7] 14. Now such was the trend of the talk that was going on among the brethren when the Exalted One,
rousing himself at eventide from meditation,
went to the pavilion in the Kareri grounds,
and took his seat on the mat spread out for him.

And when he had sat down,
he said to the brethren:

'What is the talk on which you are engaged, brethren,
as ye sit here,
and what was the subject of conversation between you?'

And they told him:

'Not long after you had gone out,
this talk arose amonor the brethren: —

"How wonderful a thing, brethren,
and how strange
is the great genius,
the master mind of the Tathāgata,
that he should remember the Buddhas of old,
who attained final completion,
who cut off obstacles,
who cut down barriers,
who have ended the cycle,
who have escaped from all sorrow —
that he should remember of these
that such was their rank,
such were their personal names,
such were their family names,
such the span of their lives,
such their pair of disciples,
and such the number
of the congregations of their disciples,
telling us: —

'Of such was the birth of those Exalted Ones,
such were their names,
and their clans;
such were their morals,
their doctrines,
their wisdom;
thus did they live,
and thus they gained emancipation.'

Now, what think you, brother?

Has this principle of truth
been clearly discerned by the Tathāgata,
so that by his discernment of it
that he should remember the Buddhas of old,
who attained final completion,
who cut off obstacles,
who cut down barriers,
who have ended the cycle,
who have escaped from all sorrow —
that he should remember of these
that such was their rank,
such were their personal names,
such were their family names,
such the span of their lives,
such their pair of disciples,
and such the number
of the congregations of their disciples,
telling us: —

'Of such was the birth of those Exalted Ones,
such were their names,
and their clans;
such were their morals,
their doctrines,
their wisdom;
thus did they live,
and thus they gained emancipation.'

Or have gods revealed this matter to the Tathāgata,
so that thereby he remembers?"

15. 'It is through his clear discernment of a principle of the truth, brethren,
that the Tathāgata is able to remember[6] the Buddhas of old,
who attained final completion,
who cut off obstacles,
who cut down barriers,
who have ended the cycle,
who have escaped from all sorrow —
that he should remember of these
that such was their rank,
such were their personal names,
such were their family names,
such the span of their lives,
such their pair of disciples,
and such the number
of the congregations of their disciples,
telling you: —

"Of such was the birth of those Exalted Ones,
such were their names,
and their clans;
such were their morals,
their doctrines,
their wisdom;
thus did they live,
and thus they gained emancipation."

And gods also have revealed these matters to him, enabling him to remember the Buddhas of old,
who attained final completion,
who cut off obstacles,
who cut down barriers,
who have ended the cycle,
who have escaped from all sorrow —
that he should remember of these
that such was their rank,
such were their personal names,
such were their family names,
such the span of their lives,
such their pair of disciples,
and such the number
of the congregations of their disciples,
telling you: —

"Of such was the birth of those Exalted Ones,
such were their names,
and their clans;
such were their morals,
their doctrines,
their wisdom;
thus did they live,
and thus they gained emancipation."'

 


 

'Do ye not wish, brethren,
to hear yet further religious discourse
bearing on former lives?'

'Now, O Exalted One, is the time,
now, O Welcome One, is the time!

Whatsoever the Exalted [8] One may tell us further bearing on former lives,
the brethren will listen to it
and bear it in mind.'

'Wherefore, brethren, hearken
and attend well,
and I will speak.'

'So be it, lord,'
replied the brethren.

The Exalted One said: —

16. 'I have told you, brethren:[7]

"It is now ninety-one aeons ago
since Vipassi, the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
arose in the world;
Vipassi, the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
was born in the aristocracy, in the khattiya cast;
Vipassi, the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
was born in the Kondañña clan;
Vipassi, the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
lived when the length of life was eighty-thousand years;
Vipassi, the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
arose to awakening at the root of the Pāṭali Tree;
Vipassi, the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had disciples chief in learning, chief in good luck named Khaṇḍāā and Tissa;
Vipassi, the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had three assemblies of disciples:
one of 68 lacs [6,800,000] of bhikkhus,
one of 100,000 bhikkhus,
one of 80,000 bhikkhus
and of these three assemblies all had destroyed the āsavas;
Vipassi, the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had as attendant, main attendant, a bhikkhu named Asoka;
Vipassi, the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had a father named King Bandhumā,
his mother was named Queen Bandhumatī,
and King Bandhumā ruled over the great city of Bhandhumatī."

17. Now Vipassi, brethren, when, as Bodhisat,
he ceased to belong to the hosts of the heaven of Delight,
descended into his mother's womb
mindful and self-possessed[8].

That, in such a case,
is the rule'.[9]

[9] It is the rule, brethren, that,
when the Bodhisat ceases to belong to the hosts of the heaven of Delight,
and enters a mother's womb,
there is made manifest throughout the universe —
including the worlds above of the gods,
the Māras and the Brahmās,
and the world below
with its recluses and brahmins,
its princes and peoples —
an infinite and splendid radiance,
passing the glory of the gods.

Even in those spaces
which are between the worlds,
baseless[10]
murky
and dark,
and where even moon and sun,
so wondrous and mighty,
cannot prevail to give light,
even there is made manifest
this infinite and splendid radiance,
passing the glory of the gods.

And those beings
who happen to be existing there[11],
perceiving each other by that radiance,
say: —

"Verily there be other beings living here!"

And the ten thousand worlds of the universe
tremble
and shudder
and quake.

And that this infinite splendid radiance
is made manifest in the world,
passing the glory of the gods —
that, in such a case,
is the rule.

17a. It is the rule, brethren, that,
when the Bodhisat is descending into a mother's womb,
four sons of the gods
go toward the four quarters to protect him,
saying: —

"Let no one,
be he human,
or non-human,
or whatsoever he be,
work harm to the Bodhisat
or to the mother of the Bodhisat!"

That, in such a case,
is the rule.

18. It is the rule, brethren, that,
when the Bodhisat is descending into a mother's womb,
the mother of the Bodhisat
is a woman virtuous through her own nature: —
averse from taking life,
averse from taking what is not given,
averse from unchastity,
averse from [10] lying speech,
averse from indulgence in strong drinks.

That, in such a case, is the rule.

19. It is the rule, brethren, that,
when the Bodhisat is descending into a mother's womb,
that mother has no mind
for indulgence in the pleasures of sense with men,
and is incapable of transgression
with any man whatever
who may be enamoured of her.

That, in such a case,
is the rule.

20. It is the rule, brethren, that,
when the Bodhisat is descending into a mother's womb,
that mother is living in the enjoyment
yielded by the five senses,
is addicted to it,
possessed of it,
surrounded by it.

That, in such a case,
is the rule.

21. It is the rule, brethren, that,
when the Bodhisat is descending into a mother's womb,
no ailment whatsoever befalls that mother;
at ease is she and unafflicted in body;
and within her womb
she sees the Bodhisat
complete in the endowment
of all his organs
and his limbs.

Just as if, brethren, there were a beautiful cat's-eye gem,[12]
of purest water,
octangular,
cut with supreme skill,
translucent and flawless,
excellent in every way.

And through it
were strung a thread,
blue
or orange,
red,
white,
or yellow.

If a man who had eyes to see
were to take it into his hand,
he would clearly perceive
how the one
was strung on the other.

Even so, brethren,
when the Bodhisat is descending into a mother's womb,
no ailment whatever befalls that mother;
at ease is she
and unaffected in body;
and within her womb
she sees the Bodhisat
complete in the endowment
of all his organs
and his limbs.

That, in such a case,
is the rule.

22. It is the rule, brethren, that,
on the seventh day after the birth of a Bodhisat,
the mother of the [11] Bodhisat dies,
and rises again in the heaven of Delight.

That, in such a case,
is the rule.

23. It is the rule, brethren, that,
whereas other women bring forth
after bearing either nine or ten months[13]
the mother of a Bodhisat brings not forth
till she has borne the child ten months.

That, in such a case,
is the rule.

24. It is the rule, brethren, that,
whereas other women bring forth
sitting or reclining,
the mother of a Bodhisat brings forth not so,
but standing.

That, in such a case,
is the rule.

25. It is the rule, brethren, that,
when a Bodhisat issues from his mother's womb,
gods receive him first,
afterwards men.[14]

That, in such a case,
is the rule.

26. It is the rule, brethren, that,
when a Bodhisat issues from his mother's womb,
and has not yet touched the earth,
for four sons of the gods to receive him,
and present him to the mother,
saying: —

"Rejoice, lady,
for Mighty is the son
that is born to thee!"

That, in such a case,
is the rule.

27. It is the rule, brethren, that,
when a Bodhisat issues from his mother's womb,
he comes forth stainless,
undefiled by watery matter,
undefiled by mucus,
undefiled by blood,
undefiled by any uncleanness whatever,
pure,
spotless.

Just as if, brethren,
a jewel were laid down on Benares muslin;
the jewel is not stained by the muslin,
nor is the muslin stained by it;
and why is that?

Because of the purity of both.

Even so, brethren, is it that,
when a Bodhisat issues from his mother's womb,
he comes forth stainless,
undefiled by watery matter,
undefiled by mucus,
undefiled by blood,
undefiled by any uncleanness whatever,
pure,
spotless.

That, in such a case,
is the rule.

28. It is the rule, brethren, that,
when a Bodhisat issues from his mother's womb,
two showers of [12] water appear from the sky,
one of cold,
the other of warm water,
wherewith they do the needful bathing
of the Bodhisat
and of his mother.

That, in such a case,
is the rule.

29. It is the rule, brethren, that,
when a Bodhisat has come to birth,
he stands firm on both feet and,
with his face to the north,
takes seven strides,
the while a white canopy is held over him[15] and,
looking around on every side,
he utters as with the voice of a bull: —

"Chief am I in the world,
Eldest am I in the world,
Foremost am I in the world!

This is the last birth!

There is now no more coming to be!"[16]

That, in such a case,
is the rule.

30. It is the rule, brethren, that,
when a Bodhisat issues from his mother's womb,
there is made manifest throughout the universe —
including the worlds above of the gods,
the Māras and the Brahmās,
and the world below
with its recluses and brahmins,
its princes and peoples, —
an infinite and splendid radiance
passing the glory of the gods.

Even in those spaces which are between the worlds,
baseless,
murky and dark,
and where even moon and sun,
so wondrous and mighty,
cannot prevail to give light,
even there is manifest
this infinite and splendid radiance,
passing the glory of the gods.

And those beings
who happen to be existing there,
perceiving each other by that radiance,
say: —

"Verily there be other beings living here!"

And the ten thousand worlds of the universe
tremble and shudder and quake.

And this infinite and splendid [13] radiance
is made manifest in the world,
passing the glory of the gods.

That, in such a case,
is the rule.

 


 

31. When the boy Vipassi, brethren, was born,
they brought word to Bandhuman the rāja
saying: —

"A son, my lord, is born to you!

May it please you to see him?"

Now when Bandhuman the rāja had seen the babe,
he sent for the brahmin soothsayers,[17]
saying: —

"Let the reverend brahmin soothsayers
see the child."

Then, brethren, when the brahmin soothsayers had seen the child,
they said to Bandhuman the rāja: —

"Rejoice, lord, for one of the Mighty Ones is born thy son!

Fortune is thine, my lord,
good fortune is thine,
in that in thy family
such a son has come to birth!

For this babe, my lord,
is endowed with the thirty-two marks of the Great Man;
and to one so endowed
two careers lie open,
and none other.

If he live the life of the House,
he becomes Lord of the Wheel,[18]
a righteous Lord of the Right,[19]
ruler of the four quarters,
conqueror,
guardian of the people's good,
owner of the Seven Treasures.

His do those seven treasures become,
to wit,
the Wheel treasure,
the Elephant treasure,
the Horse treasure,
the Gem treasure,
the Woman treasure,
the Steward treasure,
the Eldest Son treasure
making seven.[20]

More than a thousand sons will be his,
heroes,
vigorous of frame,
crushers of the hosts of the enemy.

He, when he has conquered this earth
to its ocean bounds,
is established not by the scourge,
not by the sword,
but by righteousness.

But if such a boy
go forth from the life of the House
into the Homeless state,[21]
he becomes an Arahant,
a Buddha Supreme,
rolling back the veil from the world.

[14] 32. "And what, my lord,
are the thirty-two marks of the 'Great Man,'[22]
wherewith endowed
this child hath two careers open to him,
and only two: —
that of the Lord of the Wheel a righteous Lord of the Right,
ruler of the four quarters,
conqueror,
guardian of the people's good,
owner of the Seven Treasures, or
that of Buddha Supreme?

{1} This babe, my lord,
has feet with level tread.[23]

That this babe, my lord,
has feet with level tread
counts to him as one of the marks of a Great Man.

{2} On the soles of the babe's feet
wheels appear
with a thousand spokes,
with tyre and hub,
in every way complete.

That on the soles of the babe's feet
wheels appear
with a thousand spokes,
with tyre and hub,
in every way complete
counts to him as one of the marks of a Great Man.

{3} This babe has projecting heels.[24]

That babe has projecting heels
counts to him as one of the marks of a Great Man.

{4} He is long in the fingers
and long in the toes.[25]

That he is long in the fingers
and long in the toes
counts to him as one of the marks of a Great Man.

{5} Soft and tender in hands and feet.

That he is soft and tender in hands and feet
counts to him as one of the marks of a Great Man.

{6} With hands and feet like a net.[26]

That he has hands and feet like a net
counts to him as one of the marks of a Great Man.

{7} His ankles are like rounded shells.[27]

That his ankles are like rounded shells
counts to him as one of the marks of a Great Man.

{8} His legs are like an antelope's.[28]

That his legs are like an antelope's
counts to him as one of the marks of a Great Man.

{9} Standing
and without bending
he can touch and rub his knees
with either hand.

That standing
and without bending
he can touch and rub his knees
with either hand
counts to him as one of the marks of a Great Man.

{10} His male organs are concealed in a sheath.

That his male organs are concealed in a sheath
counts to him as one of the marks of a Great Man.

{11} His complexion is like bronze,
the colour of gold.

That his complexion is like bronze,
the colour of gold
counts to him as one of the marks of a Great Man.

{12} His skin is so delicately smooth
that no dust cleaves to his body.[29]

That his skin is so delicately smooth
that no dust cleaves to his body
counts to him as one of the marks of a Great Man.

[15] {13} The down on it grows in single hairs,
one to each pore.

That the down on it grows in single hairs,
one to each pore
counts to him as one of the marks of a Great Man.

{14} The small hairs on his body turn upward,
every hair of it,
blue-black in colour
like eye-paint,
in little curling rings,
curling to the right.

That the small hairs on his body turn upward,
every hair of it,
blue-black in colour
like eye-paint,
in little curling rings,
curling to the right
counts to him as one of the marks of a Great Man.

{15} This babe has a frame divinely straight.[30]

That babe has a frame divinely straight
counts to him as one of the marks of a Great Man.

{16} He has the seven convex surfaces.[31]

That he has the seven convex surfaces
counts to him as one of the marks of a Great Man.

{17} The front half of his body
is like a lion's.[32]

That the front half of his body
is like a lion's
counts to him as one of the marks of a Great Man.

{18} There is no furrow between his shoulders.[33]

That there is no furrow between his shoulders
counts to him as one of the marks of a Great Man.

{19} His proportions have the symmetry of the banyan- tree:[34]
The length of his body
is equal to the compass of his arms,
and the compass of his arms
is equal to his height.

That his proportions have the symmetry of the banyan- tree: —
The length of his body
is equal to the compass of his arms,
and the compass of his arms
is equal to his height
counts to him as one of the marks of a Great Man.

{20} His bust is equally rounded.[35]

That his bust is equally rounded
counts to him as one of the marks of a Great Man.

{21} His taste is supremely acute.[36]

That his taste is supremely acute
counts to him as one of the marks of a Great Man.

{22} His jaw is as a lion's.[37]

That his jaw is as a lion's
counts to him as one of the marks of a Great Man.

{23} He has forty teeth.[38]

That he has forty teeth
counts to him as one of the marks of a Great Man.

{24} He has regular teeth.

That he has regular teeth
counts to him as one of the marks of a Great Man.

{25} He has continuous teeth.

That he has continuous teeth
counts to him as one of the marks of a Great Man.

{26} His eye-teeth are very lustrous.

That his eye-teeth are very lustrous
counts to him as one of the marks of a Great Man.

{27} His tongue is very long.[39]

[16] That his tongue is very long
counts to him as one of the marks of a Great Man.

{28} He has a divine voice like the karavika-bird's.[40]

That he has a divine voice like the karavika-bird's
counts to him as one of the marks of a Great Man.

{29} His eyes are intensely blue.[41]

That his eyes are intensely blue
counts to him as one of the marks of a Great Man.

{30} He has the eyelashes of a cow.[42]

That he has the eyelashes of a cow
counts to him as one of the marks of a Great Man.

{31} Between the eyebrows appears a hairy mole, white and like soft cotton down.

That between the eyebrows appears a hairy mole, white and like soft cotton down
counts to him as one of the marks of a Great Man.

{32} His head is like a royal turban.[43]

That his head is like a royal turban
counts to him as one of the marks of a Great Man.[44]

33. Endowed, my lord, as is this babe
with these two-and-thirty marks of the Great Man,
two careers and none other are open to him
that of the Lord of the Wheel
a righteous Lord of the Right,
ruler of the four quarters,
conqueror,
guardian of the people's good,
owner of the Seven Treasures, or
that of Buddha Supreme."

 


 

Thereupon Bandhuman the rāja, brethren,
let the brahmin soothsayers be invested with new robes
and gratified their every desire.

34. And Bandhuman the rāja, brethren,
engaged nurses for the babe Vipassi.

Some suckled him,
some washed him,
some nursed him,
some carried him about on their hip.

And a white canopy
was held over him day and night,
for it was commanded: —

"Let not cold
or heat
or straws
or dust
or dew
annoy him!"

And the boy Vipassi, brethren,
became the darling and the beloved of the people,
even as a blue
or red
or white lotus
is dear to
and beloved of all,
so that he was literally
carried about from lap to lap.[45]

35. And when the boy Vipassi was born, brethren,
he had a lovelv voice,
well modulated
and sweet
and [17] charming,
just as the voice of the karavika-bird
in the mountains of Himaiaya
is lovely
and sweetly modulated
and charming.[46]

36. And when the boy Vipassi was born, brethren,
there was manifested in him
the Heavenly Eye
born of the result of his karma,[47]
by the which verily he could see
as far as a league by day
and eke by night.

37. And when the boy Vipassi was born, brethren,
he looked forward with unblinking eyes,
like the gods in the heaven of Delight.

Now it was because of this,
people exclaiming
"Vipassi, Vipassi" —
a Seer, a Seer! —
that this became his name.[48]

And again, brethren,
while Bandhuman rāja was sitting as judge,
he would take the boy on his hip
and so lay down the law
as to the cases arising
till verily the boy,
thus seated on his father's hip,
and continually considering,
would also determine the points of the matter
according to justice.[49]

Then at the thought
"It is the babe who is judging cases aright"
ever more and more did that word
"a Seer, a Seer"
become used as his name.

38. Now Bandhuman rāja, brethren,
had three palaces built for the boy Vipassi,
one for the rains,
one for the winter
and one for the summer,
and he had them fitted
with every kind of gratification
for the five senses.

Thus it came to pass that Vipassi spent [18] the four months of the rainy season in the rains-palace,
ministered to by bands of female musicians;[50]
and not once did he come down
(from the upper terrace)
into the mansion.'

Here endeth the Birth chapter.

II.

1. 'Now the young lord Vipassi, brethren,
when many years,
many centuries,
many thousands of years
had passed by,[51]
bade his charioteer make ready the state carriages,
saying: —

"Get ready the carriages, good charioteer,
and let us go through the park
to inspect the pleasaunce."

"Yea, my lord,"
replied the charioteer,
and harnessed the state carriages
and sent word to Vipassi: —

"The carriages are ready, my lord;
do now what you deem to be fit."

Then Vipassi mounted a state carriage,
and drove out in state
into the park.

2. Now the young lord Vipassi saw, brethren,
as he was driving to the park,
an aged man
as bent as a roof gable,
decrepit,
leaning on a staff,
tottering as he walked,
afflicted
and long past his prime.

And seeing him Vipassi said: —

"That man, good charioteer,
what has he done,
that his hair is not like that of other men,
nor his body?"

"He is what is called an aged man, my lord."

[19] "But why is he called aged?"

"He is called aged, my lord,
because he has not much longer to live."

"But then, good charioteer,
am I too subject to old age,
one who has not got past old age?"

"You, my lord,
and we too,
we all are of a kind to grow old,
we have not got past old age."

"Why then, good charioteer,
enough of the park for to-day!

Drive me back hence to my rooms."[52]

"Yea, my lord,"
answered the charioteer,
and drove him back.

And he, brethren,
going to his rooms
sat brooding
sorrowful and depressed,
thinking: —

"Shame then verily be upon this thing called birth,
since to one born
old age shows itself like that!"

3. Thereupon Bandhuman rāja, brethren,
sent for the charioteer and asked him: —

"Well, good charioteer,
did the boy take pleasure in the park?

Was he pleased with it?"

"No, my lord, he was not."

"What then did he see on his drive?"

"Now the young lord Vipassi saw, my lord,
as he was driving to the park,
an aged man
as bent as a roof gable,
decrepit,
leaning on a staff,
tottering as he walked,
afflicted
and long past his prime.

And seeing him Vipassi said: —

'That man, good charioteer,
what has he done,
that his hair is not like that of other men,
nor his body?'

'He is what is called an aged man, my lord.'

'But why is he called aged?'

'He is called aged, my lord,
because he has not much longer to live.'

'But then, good charioteer,
am I too subject to old age,
one who has not got past old age?'

'You, my lord,
and we too,
we all are of a kind to grow old,
we have not got past old age.'

'Why then, good charioteer,
enough of the park for to-day!

Drive me back hence to my rooms.'

'Yea, my lord,'
I answered,
and drove him back.

And he, my lord,
going to his rooms
sat brooding
sorrowful and depressed,
thinking: —

'Shame then verily be upon this thing called birth,
since to one born
old age shows itself like that!'

4. Then the rāja, brethren, thought thus: —

"We must not have Vipassi declining to rule.

We must not have him going forth from the House into the Homeless state.

We must not let what the brahmin soothsayers spoke of come true."

So, that these things might not come to pass, he let the youth be still more surrounded by sensuous pleasures.

And thus Vipassi continued to live amidst the pleasures of sense.

5. Now the young lord Vipassi, brethren,
when many years,
many centuries,
many thousands of years
had passed by,
bade his charioteer make ready the state carriages,
saying: —

"Get ready the carriages, good charioteer,
and let us go through the park
to inspect the pleasaunce."

"Yea, my lord,"
replied the charioteer,
and harnessed the state carriages
and sent word to Vipassi: —

"The carriages are ready, my lord;
do now what you deem to be fit."

Then Vipassi mounted a state carriage,
and drove out in state
into the park.[53]

6. Now the young lord Vipassi saw, brethren,
as he was driving [20] to the park,
a sick man,
suffering
and very ill,
fallen
and weltering in his own water,
by some being lifted up,
by others being dressed.

Seeing this, Vipassi asked,

"That man, good charioteer,
what has he done
that his eyes are not like others' eyes,
nor his voice like the voice of other men?"

"He is what is called ill, my lord."

"But what is meant by 'ill'?"

"It means, my lord,
that he will hardly recover from his illness."

"But am I too then, good charioteer,
subject to fall ill;
have not I got out of reach of illness?"

"You, my lord,
and we too,
we all are subject to fall ill,
we have not got beyond the reach of illness."

"Why then, good charioteer,
enough of the park for to-day!

Drive me back hence to my rooms."

"Yea, my lord,"
answered the charioteer,
and drove him back.

And he, brethren,
going to his rooms
sat brooding
sorrowful
and depressed,
thinking: —

"Shame then verily
be upon this thing called birth,
since to one born
decay shows itself like that,
disease shows itself like that."

7. Thereupon Bandhuman rāja, brethren,
sent for the charioteer and asked him: —

"Well, good charioteer,
did the boy take pleasure in the park?

Was he pleased with it?"

"No, my lord, he was not."

"What then did he see on his drive?"

6. "Now the young lord Vipassi saw, my lord,
as he was driving to the park,
a sick man,
suffering
and very ill,
fallen
and weltering in his own water,
by some being lifted up,
by others being dressed.

Seeing this, Vipassi asked,

'That man, good charioteer,
what has he done
that his eyes are not like others' eyes,
nor his voice like the voice of other men?'

'He is what is called ill, my lord.'

'But what is meant by 'ill'?'

'It means, my lord,
that he will hardly recover from his illness.'

'But am I too then, good charioteer,
subject to fall ill;
have not I got out of reach of illness?'

'You, my lord,
and we too,
we all are subject to fall ill,
we have not got beyond the reach of illness.'

'Why then, good charioteer,
enough of the park for to-day!

Drive me back hence to my rooms.'

'Yea, my lord,'
I answered,
and drove him back.

And he, my lord,
going to his rooms
sat brooding
sorrowful
and depressed,
thinking: —

'Shame then verily
be upon this thing called birth,
since to one born
decay shows itself like that,
disease shows itself like that.'

8. Then the rāja, brethren, thought thus: —

"We must not have Vipassi declining to rule.

We must not have him going forth from the House into the Homeless state.

We must not let what the brahmin soothsayers spoke of come true."

So, that these things might not come to pass, he let the youth be still more surrounded by sensuous pleasures.

And thus Vipassi continued to live amidst the pleasures of sense.

9. Now the young lord Vipassi, brethren,
when many years,
many centuries,
many thousands of years
had passed by,
bade his charioteer make ready the state carriages,
saying: —

"Get ready the carriages, good charioteer,
and let us go through the park
to inspect the pleasaunce."

"Yea, my lord,"
replied the charioteer,
and harnessed the state carriages
and sent word to Vipassi: —

"The carriages are ready, my lord;
do now what you deem to be fit."

Then Vipassi mounted a state carriage,
and drove out in state
into the park.

[21] 10. Now the young lord Vipassi saw, brethren,
as he was driving to the park,
a great concourse of people
clad in garments of different colours
constructing a funeral pyre.

And seeing them he asked his charioteer: —

"Why now are all those people
come together in garments of different colours,
and making that pile?"

"It is because some one, my lord,
has ended his days."

"Then drive the carriage
close to him who has ended his days."

"Yea, my lord,"
answered the charioteer,
and did so.

And Vipassi saw the corpse
of him who had ended his days
and asked: —

"What, good charioteer,
is ending one's days?"

"It means, my lord,
that neither mother,
nor father,
nor other kinsfolk
will see him any more,
nor will he ever again see them."

"But am I too then
subject to death,
have I not got beyond the reach of death?

Will neither the rāja,
nor the ranee,
nor any other of my kin
see me more,
or I ever again see them?"

"You, my lord
and we too,
we all are subject to death,
we have not passed beyond the reach of death.

Neither the rāja,
nor the ranee,
nor any other of your kin
would see you any more,
nor would you ever again see them."

"Why then, good charioteer,
enough of the park for to-day!

Drive me back hence to my rooms."

"Yea, my lord,"
replied the charioteer,
and drove him back.

And he, brethren,
going to his rooms,
sat brooding
sorrowful
and depressed,
thinking: —

"Shame then verily be
upon this thing called birth,
since to one born
the decay of life,
since disease,
since death
shows itself like that!"

11. Thereupon Bandhuman rāja, brethren,
sent for the charioteer and asked him: —

"Well, good charioteer,
did the boy take pleasure in the park?

Was he pleased with it?"

"No, my lord, he was not."

"What then did he see on his drive?"

12. "Now the young lord Vipassi saw, my lord,
as he was driving to the park,
as he was driving to the park,
a great concourse of people
clad in garments of different colours
constructing a funeral pyre.

And seeing them he asked his charioteer: —

'Why now are all those people
come together in garments of different colours,
and making that pile?'

'It is because some one, my lord,
has ended his days.'

'Then drive the carriage
close to him who has ended his days.'

'Yea, my lord,'
answered the charioteer,
and did so.

And Vipassi saw the corpse
of him who had ended his days
and asked: —

'What, good charioteer,
is ending one's days?'

'It means, my lord,
that neither mother,
nor father,
nor other kinsfolk
will see him any more,
nor will he ever again see them.'

'But am I too then
subject to death,
have I not got beyond the reach of death?

Will neither the rāja,
nor the ranee,
nor any other of my kin
see me more,
or I ever again see them?'

'You, my lord
and we too,
we all are subject to death,
we have not passed beyond the reach of death.

Neither the rāja,
nor the ranee,
nor any other of your kin
would see you any more,
nor would you ever again see them.'

'Why then, good charioteer,
enough of the park for to-day!

Drive me back hence to my rooms.'

'Yea, my lord,'
I replied,
and drove him back.

And he, my lord,
going to his rooms,
sat brooding
sorrowful
and depressed,
thinking: —

'Shame then verily be
upon this thing called birth,
since to one born
the decay of life,
since disease,
since death
shows itself like that!'

13. Then the rāja, brethren, thought thus: —

"We must not have Vipassi declining to rule.

We must not have him going forth from the House into the Homeless state.

We must not let what the brahmin soothsayers spoke of come true."

So, that these things might not come to pass, he let the youth be still more surrounded by sensuous pleasures.

And thus Vipassi continued to live amidst the pleasures of sense.

[22] 14. Now the young lord Vipassi, brethren,
when many years,
many centuries,
many thousands of years
had passed by,
bade his charioteer make ready the state carriages,
saying: —

"Get ready the carriages, good charioteer,
and let us go through the park
to inspect the pleasaunce."

"Yea, my lord,"
replied the charioteer,
and harnessed the state carriages
and sent word to Vipassi: —

"The carriages are ready, my lord;
do now what you deem to be fit."

Then Vipassi mounted a state carriage,
and drove out in state
into the park.

15. Now the young lord Vipassi saw, brethren,
as he was driving to the park,
a shaven-headed man,
a Wanderer,
wearing the yellow robe.

And seeing him
he asked the charioteer: —

"That man, good charioteer,
what has he done,
that his head is unlike other men's heads
and his clothes too
are unlike those of others?"

"That is what they call a Wanderer,
because, my lord,
he is one who has gone forth."

"What is that,
to have gone forth?"

"To have gone forth, my lord,
means being thorough in the religious life,
thorough in the peaceful life,
thorough in good actions,
thorough in meritorious conduct,
thorough in harmlessness,
thorough in kindness to all creatures."

"Excellent then, friend charioteer,
is what they call a Wanderer,
since excellent indeed, friend charioteer,
is being thorough in the religious life,
thorough in the peaceful life,
thorough in good actions,
thorough in meritorious conduct,
thorough in harmlessness,
thorough in kindness to all creatures."

Wherefore drive up to that forthgone man."

"Yea, my lord,"
replied the charioteer,
and drove up to the Wanderer.

Then Vipassi addressed him, saying: —

"You, master,
what have you done
that your head is not as other men's heads,
nor your clothes
as those of other men?"

"I, my lord,
am one who has gone forth."

"What, master, is that,
to have gone forth?"

"It means, my lord,
being thorough in the religious life,
thorough in the peaceful life,
thorough in good actions,
thorough in meritorious conduct,
thorough in harmlessness,
thorough in kindness to all creatures."

"Excellently indeed, master,
are you said to have gone forth,
since excellent indeed, friend charioteer,
is being thorough in the religious life,
thorough in the peaceful life,
thorough in good actions,
thorough in meritorious conduct,
thorough in harmlessness,
thorough in kindness to all creatures."

16. Then the lord Vipassi, brethren,
bade his charioteer, saying: —

"Come then, good charioteer,
do you take the carriage
and drive it hence back to my rooms.

But I will even here
cut off my hair,
and don the yellow robe,
and go forth from the House
into the Homeless state."

[23] "Yea, my lord,"
replied the charioteer,
and drove back.

But the lord Vipassi,
there and then,
cutting off his hair
and donning the yellow robe,
went forth from the House
into the Homeless state.

17. Now at Bandhumati, brethren,
the rāja's seat,
a great number of persons —
some eighty-four thousand souls[54]
heard of what lord Vipassi had done,
and thought: —

"Surely this is no ordinary religious rule,
this is no common going forth,
in that the lord Vipassi himself
has had his head shaved
and has donned the yellow robe
and has gone forth from the House
into the Homeless state.

If the lord Vipassi has done this,
why then should not we also?"

And they all had their heads shaved,
and donned the yellow robes,
and in imitation of Vipassi the Bodhisat
they went forth from the House
into the Homeless state.

So Vipassi the Bodhisat
went on his rounds through the villages,
towns,
and cities
accompanied by that multitude.

18. Now there arose, brethren,
in the mind of Vipassi the Bodhisat,
when he was meditating in seclusion,
the following consideration: —

"That indeed is not suitable for me
that I should live beset.

'Twere better were I to dwell alone,
far from the crowd!"

So after a time he dwelt alone,
away from the crowd.

These eighty-four thousand Wanderers went one way,
and Vipassi the Bodhisat
went another way.

19. Now there arose, brethren,
in the mind of Vipassi the Bodhisat,
when he had gone to his place,[55]
and was meditating in seclusion,
the following consideration: —

"Verily this world has fallen upon trouble;
one is born,
and born grows old,
and dies,
and falls from one state,
and springs up in another.

[24] And from this suffering, moreover,
no one knows of any way of escape,
even from decay and death.

O when shall a way of escape from this suffering
be made known,
from decay
and from death!"

Then to Vipassi the Bodhisat, brethren,
this thought occurred: —

"What now being present,
is decay and dying also present;
what conditions decay and dying?"

Then, brethren, from attention to the cause[56]
arose the conviction through reason: —

"Where birth is,
there is decay and dying;
birth is the condition
of decay and dying."

Then to Vipassi the Bodhisat, brethren,
this thought occurred: —

"What now being present,
is birth also present;
what conditions birth?"

Then, brethren, from attention to the cause
arose the conviction through reason: —

"When becoming is,
birth also is present;
becoming is the condition of birth."

Then to Vipassi the Bodhisat, brethren,
this thought occurred: —

"What now being present,
is becoming also present;
what conditions becoming?"

Then, brethren, from attention to the cause
arose the conviction through reason: —

"Where grasping[57] is,
there is becoming;
grasping is the condition of becoming."

[25] Then to Vipassi the Bodhisat, brethren,
this thought occurred: —

"What now being present,
is grasping also present;
what conditions grasping?"

Then, brethren, from attention to the cause
arose the conviction through reason: —

"Where craving is,
there is grasping;
craving is the condition of grasping."

Then to Vipassi the Bodhisat, brethren,
this thought occurred: —

"What now being present,
is craving also present;
what conditions craving?"

Then, brethren, from attention to the cause
arose the conviction through reason: —

"Where feeling is,
there is craving;
feeling is the condition of craving."

Then to Vipassi the Bodhisat, brethren,
this thought occurred: —

"What now being present,
is feeling also present;
what conditions feeling?"

Then, brethren, from attention to the cause
arose the conviction through reason: —

"Where contact is,
there is feeling;
contact is the condition of feeling."

Then to Vipassi the Bodhisat, brethren,
this thought occurred: —

"What now being present,
is contact also present;
what conditions contact?"

Then, brethren, from attention to the cause
arose the conviction through reason: —

"Where is the sixfold field,
there is contact;
the sixfold field is the condition of contact."[58]

Then to Vipassi the Bodhisat, brethren,
this thought occurred: —

"What now being present,
is the sixfold field also present;
what conditions the sixfold field?"

Then, brethren, from attention to the cause
arose the conviction through reason: —

"Where name-and-form is,
there is the sixfold field;
name-and-form is the condition of the sixfold field."[59]

Then to Vipassi the Bodhisat, brethren,
this thought occurred: —

"What now being present,
is name-and-form also present;
what conditions name-and-form?"

[26] Then, brethren, from attention to the cause
arose the conviction through reason: —

"Where cognition is there is name-and-form;
cognition is the condition of name-and-form."[60]

Then to Vipassi the Bodhisat, brethren,
this thought occurred: —

"What now being present,
is cognition also present;
what conditions cognition?"

Then, brethren, from attention to the cause
arose the conviction through reason: —

"Where name-and-form is,
there is cognition;
name-and-form conditions cognition."

20. Then to Vipassi the Bodhisat, brethren, this occurred: —

"Cognition turns back from name-and-form;
it goes not beyond.

Only as follows
can one be born
or grow old
or die
or fall from one condition
or reappear in another;
that is, in that
cognition is conditioned by name-and-form,
and name-and-form by cognition,[61]
the sixfold field by name-and-form,
contact by the sixfold field,
feeling by contact,
craving by feeling,
grasping by craving,
becoming by grasping,
birth by becoming,
decay and dying by birth,
and so too grief,
lamentation,
ill,
sorrow
and despair
come to pass.

Such is the coming to be
of this entire body of ill."

"Coming to be, coming to be!" —

at that thought, brethren,
there arose to Vipassi the Bodhisat
a vision into things
not called before to mind,
and knowledge arose,
reason arose,
wisdom arose,
light arose.

[27] 20. Then to Vipassi the Bodhisat, brethren, this occurred: —

"What now being absent,
is decay and dying also absent;
by the ceasing of what
does decay and dying cease?"

Then, brethren, from attention to the cause
arose the conviction through reason: —

"Where birth is absent,
decay and dying are absent;
when birth ceases,
decay and dying cease;

Where becoming is absent,
birth is absent;
when becoming ceases,
birth ceases;

Where grasping is absent,
becoming is absent;
when grasping ceases,
becoming ceases;

Where craving is absent,
grasping is absent;
when craving ceases,
grasping ceases;

Where feeling is absent,
craving is absent;
when feeling ceases,
craving ceases;

Where contact is absent,
feeling is absent;
when contact ceases,
feeling ceases;

Where the sixfold field is absent,
contact is absent;
when the sixfold field ceases,
contact ceases;

Where name-and-form is absent,
the sixfold field is absent;
when name-and-form ceases,
the sixfold field ceases;

Where cognition is absent,
name-and-form is absent;
when cognition ceases,
name-and-form ceases;

Where name-and-form is absent,
cognition is absent;
when name-and-form ceases,
cognition ceases."

21. Then to Vipassi the Bodhisat, brethren, this occurred: —

"Lo! I have won to this,
the Way to enlightenment through insight.[62]

And it is this:

That from name-and-form ceasing,
cognition ceases,
and cognition ceasing,
name and form ceases;
that from name-and-form ceasing,
the sixfold field ceases;
from the sixfold field ceasing,
contact ceases;
from contact ceasing,
feeling ceases;
from feeling ceasing,
craving ceases;
from craving ceasing,
grasping ceases;
from grasping ceasing,
becoming ceases;
from becoming ceasing,
birth ceases;
from birth ceasing,
decay and dying,
grief,
lamentation,
ill,
sorrow
and despair cease.

Such is the ceasing
of this entire body of ill."

[28] 21 "Ceasing to be, ceasing to be!" —

at that thought, brethren,
there arose to Vipassi the Bodhisat
a vision into things not called before to mind,
and knowledge arose,
reason arose,
wisdom arose,
light arose.

22. Thereafter, brethren, Vipassi the Bodhisat
dwelt in the discernment
of the rising and passing away
of the five groups
[of individual life]
depending on grasping: —[63]

"Such is form,
such is the coming to be of form,
such is its passing away;
such is feeling,
such is the coming to be of feeling,
such is its passing away;
such is perception,
such is its coming to be,
such is its passing away;
such are the syntheses,
such is their coming to be,
such is their passing away;
such is cognition,
such is its coming to be,
such is its passing away."

And for him,
abiding in the discernment
of the rising and passing away
of the five groups depending on grasping,
not long was it before his heart,
void of grasping,
was set free from the "Intoxicants."'[64]

Here endeth the Second Portion for recitation.

[29]

III.

1. 'Then to Vipassi the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme, brethren,
this occurred: —[65]

"What if I were now to teach the Truth."[66]

Then to him, brethren, this occurred: —[67]

"I have penetrated this Truth,
deep,
hard to perceive,
hard to understand,
calm, sublime,
no mere dialectic,[68]
subtle,
intelligible only to the wise.

But this is a race devoting itself
to the things to which it clings,
devoted thereto,
delighting therein.

And for a race devoting itself
to the things to which it clings,
devoted thereto,
delighting therein,
this were a matter hard to perceive,
to wit,
that this is conditioned by that,
and all that happens is by way of cause.[69]

This too were a matter hard to discern: —

The tranquillization of all the [30] activities of life,[70]
the renunciation of all substrata of rebirth,
the destruction of craving,
the death of passion,
quietude of heart,
Nirvana.

And if I were now to teach the Truth,
and other men did not acknowledge it to me,
that would be wearisome to me,
that would be hurtful to me."

2. And then verily, brethren,
to Vipassi the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme
were revealed on the spur of the moment[71] these verses unheard of before: —

"This that through many toils I've won —
Enough! why should I make it known?
By folk with lust and hate consumed
Not this the Truth that can be grasped!
Against the stream of common thought,
Deep, subtle, difficult, delicate,
Unseen 'twill be by passion's slaves
Cloaked in the murk of ignorance."[72]

In these words, brethren,
pondering over the matter,
did the heart of Vipassi incline to be averse from exertion
and not to preach the Truth.

Thereupon to one of the Great Brahmas[73]
when he became aware in thought
of the thoughts of Vipassi,
this occurred: —

"Alas! the world will perish!

Utterly alas! will the world perish,
now that the heart of Vipassi the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
inclines to be averse from exertion
and not towards preaching the Truth!"

[31] 3. Then, brethren, did that Great Brahma,
like a strong man stretching his bent arm out,
or drawing back his outstretched arm,
vanish from the Brahma world
and appear before Vipassi.

And the Great Brahma, brethren,
draping his outer robe
over one shoulder
and stooping his right knee to the ground,
raised his joined hands
towards Vipassi the Exalted One, the Arahant, the Buddha Supreme
and said: —

"Lord! may the Exalted One preach the Truth!

May the Welcome One preach the Truth!

There are beings whose eyes are hardly dimmed by dust,
they are perishing from not hearing the Truth;
they will come to be knowers of the Truth."

4. At these words, brethren,
Vipassi the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
spoke thus to the Great Brahma: —

"To me, O Brahma, did it occur: —

'What if I now were to preach the Truth?'

Then to me it occurred:

'I have penetrated this Truth,
deep,
hard to perceive,
hard to understand,
calm, sublime,
no mere dialectic,
subtle,
intelligible only to the wise.

But this is a race devoting itself
to the things to which it clings,
devoted thereto,
delighting therein.

And for a race devoting itself
to the things to which it clings,
devoted thereto,
delighting therein,
this were a matter hard to perceive,
to wit,
that this is conditioned by that,
and all that happens is by way of cause.

This too were a matter hard to discern: —

The tranquillization of all the activities of life,
the renunciation of all substrata of rebirth,
the destruction of craving,
the death of passion,
quietude of heart,
Nirvana.

And if I were now to teach the Truth,
and other men did not acknowledge it to me,
that would be wearisome to me,
that would be hurtful to me.'

5. And then verily, O Brahma,
to me were revealed on the spur of the moment these verses unheard of before: —

"This that through many toils I've won —
Enough! why should I make it known?
By folk with lust and hate consumed
Not this the Truth that can be grasped!
Against the stream of common thought,
Deep, subtle, difficult, delicate,
Unseen 'twill be by passion's slaves
Cloaked in the murk of ignorance."

In these words, O Brahma,
pondering over the matter,
did my heart incline to be averse from exertion
and not to preach the Truth.'"

But this Great Brahma, brethren, addressed Vipassi a second time:

"Lord! may the Exalted One preach the Truth!

May the Welcome One preach the Truth!

There are beings whose eyes are hardly dimmed by dust,
they are perishing from not hearing the Truth;
they will come to be knowers of the Truth."

And a second time, brethren,
Vipassi the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
spoke thus to the Great Brahma: —

"To me, O Brahma, did it occur: —

'What if I now were to preach the Truth?'

Then to me it occurred:

"I have penetrated this Truth,
deep,
hard to perceive,
hard to understand,
calm, sublime,
no mere dialectic,
subtle,
intelligible only to the wise.

But this is a race devoting itself
to the things to which it clings,
devoted thereto,
delighting therein.

And for a race devoting itself
to the things to which it clings,
devoted thereto,
delighting therein,
this were a matter hard to perceive,
to wit,
that this is conditioned by that,
and all that happens is by way of cause.

This too were a matter hard to discern: —

The tranquillization of all the activities of life,
the renunciation of all substrata of rebirth,
the destruction of craving,
the death of passion,
quietude of heart,
Nirvana.

And if I were now to teach the Truth,
and other men did not acknowledge it to me,
that would be wearisome to me,
that would be hurtful to me.'

And then verily, O Brahma,
to me were revealed on the spur of the moment these verses unheard of before: —

"This that through many toils I've won —
Enough! why should I make it known?
By folk with lust and hate consumed
Not this the Truth that can be grasped!
Against the stream of common thought,
Deep, subtle, difficult, delicate,
Unseen 'twill be by passion's slaves
Cloaked in the murk of ignorance."

In these words, O Brahma,
pondering over the matter,
did my heart incline to be averse from exertion
and not to preach the Truth.'"

5. But this Great Brahma, brethren, addressed Vipassi a third time:

"Lord! may the Exalted One preach the Truth!

May the Welcome One preach the Truth!

There are beings whose eyes are hardly dimmed by dust,
they are perishing from not hearing the Truth;
they will come to be knowers of the Truth."

Then, brethren, when Vipassi the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
became aware of the entreaty of the Brahma,
because of his pitifulness towards all beings,
he looked down over the world
with a Buddha's Eye[74]

And so looking, brethren,
he saw beings whose eyes were nearly free from dust,
[32] and beings whose eyes were much dimmed with dust,
beings sharp of sense
and blunted in sense,
beings of good and of evil disposition,
beings docile and indocile,
some among them discerning the danger in rebirth
and in other worlds,
and the danger in wrong doing.

As in a pond of blue,
or red,
or white lotuses,
some lotus-plants born in the water
grow up in the water,
do not emerge from the water,
but thrive sunken beneath;
and other lotus-plants,
born in the water
and grown up in the water,
reach to the level;
while other lotus-plants
born in the water
and grown up in the water,
stand thrusting themselves above the water,
undrenched by it;
even so, brethren, did Vipassi the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
look down over the world with a Buddha's Eye,
and see beings whose eyes were much dimmed with dust,
beings sharp of sense
and blunted in sense,
beings of good and of evil disposition,
beings docile and indocile,
some among them discerning the danger in rebirth
and in other worlds,
and the danger in wrong doing.

7. Thereupon that Great Brahma, brethren,
when he became aware in thought
of the thoughts of Vipassi,
spoke to him in verse: —[75]

"As on a crag, on crest of mountain standing,
A man might watch the people far below,
E'en so do thou, O Wisdom fair, ascending,
O Seer of all, the terraced heights of Truth,
Look down, from grief released, upon the nations
Sunken in grief, oppressed with birth and age.
Arise, thou Hero! Conqueror in the battle!
Thou freed from debt! Lord of the pilgrim band!
Walk the world o'er, sublime and blessed Teacher![76]
Teach us the Truth; there are who'll understand."

[33] Thereupon, brethren, Vipassi, the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
made response in verse to that great Brahma: —

"Wide opened are the portals to Nirvana![77]
Let those that hear renounce their empty faith![78]
Despairing of the weary task, O Brahma,
I spake not of this doctrine, sweet and good, to men."

Then, brethren, that Great Brahma thinking: —

"Verily I am the one
by whom an opening has been given
for the preaching of the Truth
by Vipassi the Exalted One, the Arahant, the Buddha Supreme,"

bowed down before Vipassi,
and passing round him by the left vanished away.

8. Then to Vipassi, brethren, the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
this occurred: —

"To whom now should I first preach the Truth?

Who will quickly understand this doctrine?"

And he thought: —

'There is Khaṇḍa a rāja's son,
and Tissa, the chaplain's son,
both dwelling at Bandhumati.

They are learned, open-minded and wise,
and for long have had but little dust in their eyes.

If I were now to teach the Truth first to them,
they would quickly understand it.'

Thereupon, brethren, did Vipassi,
like a strong man stretching his bent arm out,
or drawing back his outstretched arm,
vanish from the Wisdom Tree
and appear in the Sanctuary,
in the deer-park at Bandhumati.[79]

9. And Vipassi, brethren,
bade the park-keeper, saying: —

"Ho you, good park-keeper,
go into Ban- [34] dhumati and tell Khaṇḍa the rāja's son,
and Tissa the chaplain's son, that: —

'Vipassi, the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
has arrived at Bandhumati
and abides in the Khema deer-park.

He wishes to see you.'

"Ay, my lord,"
replied the park-keeper,
and went to Bandhumati
and gave this message to Khanda
and Tissa:

'Vipassi, the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
has arrived at Bandhumati
and abides in the Khema deer-park.

He wishes to see you.'

10. Then they,
ordering out their state carriages,
mounted,
and drove out from Bandhumati
to the deer-park.

As far as there was a road
they drove,
and then alighting
went on foot into the presence of Vipassi.

And being come
they saluted Vipassi, the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
and seated themselves beside him.

11. To them Vipassi discoursed in due order;[80]
that is to say,
he gave them illustrative talk on generosity,
on right conduct,
on heaven,
on the danger,
the vanity
and the defilement of lusts,
on the advantages of renunciation.

When the Exalted One saw that they had become prepared,
softened,
un-prejudiced,
upraised
and believing in heart,
then he proclaimed that Truth
which the Buddhas alone have won;
that is to say,
the doctrine of Sorrow,
of its origin,
of its cessation,
and the Path.

And just as a clean cloth,
from which all stain has been washed away,
will readily take the dye,
just even so did Khaṇḍa and Tissa obtain,
even while sitting there,
the pure and stainless Eye for the Truth,
and they knew: —

"Whatsoever has a beginning,
in that is also inherent
the necessity of passing away."

12. Then they having seen the Truth,
won the Truth,
understood the Truth,
sounded the depths of Truth,
having crossed the waters of doubt
and put away perplexity,
having gained full confidence
and become dependent on none other
for the teaching of the Master,
addressed Vipassi, the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
and said: —

"Most excellent, lord,
most excellent, lord!

Just [35] as if a man were to set up
that which has been thrown down,
or were to reveal
that which has been hidden away,
or were to point out the right road
to him who has gone astray,
or were to bring a light into the darkness
so that those who had eyes
could see external forms, —
even so has the truth been made known
in many a figure
by the Exalted One.

We here, lord, betake ourselves
to the Exalted One as our guide,
and to the Truth.

May we be suffered
to go forth from the world
under the Exalted One,
may we be suffered
to obtain ordination."

13. And so, brethren, Khaṇḍa the rāja's son
and Tissa the chaplain's son
obtained retreat
and ordination
under Vipassi, the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme.

Them did Vipassi instruct,
arouse,
incite
and gladden
with religious discourse,
making clear the danger,
the vanity
and the corruption of component things,
and the advantage in Nirvana.

And they
thus instructed,
aroused,
incited
and gladdened by his discourse,
their hearts ere long,
being void of grasping,
were set free from the Intoxicants.

14. Now a great multitude, brethren,
of the inhabitants of Bandhumati —
some 84,000 souls —
heard that Vipassi, the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had come to Bandhumati
and was staying at the Sanctuary (Khema),
in the deer-preserve;
and how Khaṇḍa the rāja's son
and Tissa the chaplain's son,
had actually
at his instigation
shaved their heads
and put on the yellow robe,
and had gone forth from the House
into the Homeless state.

And hearing it they thought: —

"Surely this is no ordinary religious rule,
this is no common going forth,
in that the rāja's son
and the chaplain's son
have had their heads shaved,
have donned the yellow robe
and gone forth from the House
into the Homeless state.

Khaṇḍa and Tissa have indeed done this;
why then should not we?"

So all that multitude came out from Bandhumati
to see Vipassi, the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
and when they were in his presence
they saluted him and sat down by him.

[36] 15. And to them Vipassi discoursed in due order;
that is to say,
he gave them illustrative talk on generosity,
on right conduct,
on heaven,
on the danger,
the vanity
and the defilement of lusts,
on the advantages of renunciation.

And when the Exalted One saw that they had become prepared,
softened,
un-prejudiced,
upraised
and believing in heart,
then he proclaimed that Truth
which the Buddhas alone have won;
that is to say,
the doctrine of Sorrow,
of its origin,
of its cessation,
and the Path.

And just as a clean cloth,
from which all stain has been washed away,
will readily take the dye,
just even so did those 84,000 souls obtain,
even while sitting there,
the pure and stainless Eye for the Truth,
and they knew: —

"Whatsoever has a beginning,
in that is also inherent
the necessity of passing away."

16. Then they having seen the Truth,
won the Truth,
understood the Truth,
sounded the depths of Truth,
having crossed the waters of doubt
and put away perplexity,
having gained full confidence
and become dependent on none other
for the teaching of the Master,
addressed Vipassi, the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
and said: —

"Most excellent, lord,
most excellent, lord!

Just as if a man were to set up
that which has been thrown down,
or were to reveal
that which has been hidden away,
or were to point out the right road
to him who has gone astray,
or were to bring a light into the darkness
so that those who had eyes
could see external forms, —
even so has the truth been made known
in many a figure
by the Exalted One.

We here, lord, betake ourselves
to the Exalted One as our guide,
and to the Truth.

May we be suffered
to go forth from the world
under the Exalted One,
may we be suffered
to obtain ordination."

17. And so, brethren, those 84,000 souls
obtained retreat
and ordination
under Vipassi, the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme.

Them did Vipassi instruct,
arouse,
incite
and gladden
with religious discourse,
making clear the danger,
the vanity
and the corruption of component things,
and the advantage in Nirvana.

And they
thus instructed,
aroused,
incited
and gladdened by his discourse,
their hearts ere long,
being void of grasping,
were set free from the Intoxicants.

18. Now a great multitude, brethren,
of recluses — some 84,000 —
heard from the former multitude that Vipassi, the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had come to Bandhumati
and was staying at the Sanctuary (Khema),
in the deer-preserve;
and how Khaṇḍa the rāja's son
and Tissa the chaplain's son,
and these 84,000 souls
had actually
at his instigation
shaved their heads
and put on the yellow robe,
and had gone forth from the House
into the Homeless state.

And hearing it they thought: —

"Surely this is no ordinary religious rule,
this is no common going forth,
in that the rāja's son
and the chaplain's son
and these 84,000 souls
have had their heads shaved,
have donned the yellow robe
and gone forth from the House
into the Homeless state.

Khaṇḍa and Tissa
and these 84,000 souls
have indeed done this;
why then should not we?"

So all that multitude of recluses came out from Bandhumati
to see Vipassi, the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
and when they were in his presence
they saluted him and sat down by him.

And to them Vipassi discoursed in due order;
that is to say,
he gave them illustrative talk on generosity,
on right conduct,
on heaven,
on the danger,
the vanity
and the defilement of lusts,
on the advantages of renunciation.

And when the Exalted One saw that they had become prepared,
softened,
un-prejudiced,
upraised
and believing in heart,
then he proclaimed that Truth
which the Buddhas alone have won;
that is to say,
the doctrine of Sorrow,
of its origin,
of its cessation,
and the Path.

And just as a clean cloth,
from which all stain has been washed away,
will readily take the dye,
just even so did those 84,000 souls obtain,
even while sitting there,
the pure and stainless Eye for the Truth,
and they knew: —

"Whatsoever has a beginning,
in that is also inherent
the necessity of passing away."

Then they having seen the Truth,
won the Truth,
understood the Truth,
sounded the depths of Truth,
having crossed the waters of doubt
and put away perplexity,
having gained full confidence
and become dependent on none other
for the teaching of the Master,
addressed Vipassi, the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
and said: —

"Most excellent, lord,
most excellent, lord!

Just as if a man were to set up
that which has been thrown down,
or were to reveal
that which has been hidden away,
or were to point out the right road
to him who has gone astray,
or were to bring a light into the darkness
so that those who had eyes
could see external forms, —
even so has the truth been made known
in many a figure
by the Exalted One.

We here, lord, betake ourselves
to the Exalted One as our guide,
and to the Truth.

May we be suffered
to go forth from the world
under the Exalted One,
may we be suffered
to obtain ordination."

17. 'And so, brethren, those 84,000 recluses
obtained retreat
and ordination
under Vipassi, the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme.

Them did Vipassi instruct,
arouse,
incite
and gladden
with religious discourse,
making clear the danger,
the vanity
and the corruption of component things,
and the advantage in Nirvana.

And they
thus instructed,
aroused,
incited
and gladdened by his discourse,
their hearts ere long,
being void of grasping,
were set free from the Intoxicants.

22. Now at that time, brethren, a vast company of bhikkhus[81] was staying at Bandhumati.

And to Vipassi the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
as he meditated in solitude,
this idea arose in his mind: —

"There is now a vast company of bhikkhus dwelling at Bandhumati.

What if I were now to grant leave to the bhikkhus and say: —

'Fare ye forth, brethren,
on the mission that is for the good of the many,
for the happiness of the many,
to take compassion on the world,
to work profit
and good
and happiness
to gods and men.

Go not singly;
go in pairs;
teach ye, brethren, the Truth,
lovely in its origin,
lovely in [37] its progress,
lovely in its consummation,
both in the spirit and in the letter,
proclaim ye the higher life
in all its fullness
and in all its purity.

Beings there are
whose eyes are hardly dimmed with dust,
perishing because they hear not the Truth.

Moreover after every six years have passed
come ye to Bandhumati,
the royal residence,
there to recite the summary of the Rules of the Order.'"[82]

23. Now one of the Great Brahmās, brethren,
when he became aware in thought
of the thoughts of Vipassi,
like a strong man stretching his bent arm out,
or drawing back his outstretched arm,
vanished from the Brahma-world
and appeared in the presence
of Vipassi the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme.

Then, draping his outer robe over one shoulder,
he raised his joined hands towards the Exalted One,
saying: —

"Even so, O Exalted One!

Even so, O Welcome One!

Let the Exalted One thus grant leave
to this great company of bhikkhus,
and say: —

'Fare ye forth, brethren,
on the mission that is for the good of the many,
for the happiness of the many,
to take compassion on the world,
to work profit
and good
and happiness
to gods and men.

Go not singly;
go in pairs;
teach ye, brethren, the Truth,
lovely in its origin,
lovely in its progress,
lovely in its consummation,
both in the spirit and in the letter,
proclaim ye the higher life
in all its fullness
and in all its purity.

Beings there are
whose eyes are hardly dimmed with dust,
perishing because they hear not the Truth.

Moreover after every six years have passed
come ye to Bandhumati,
the royal residence,
there to recite the summary of the Rules of the Order.'

Moreover we too, lord,
will do even as the bhikkhus
after every six years have passed;
we will come to Bandhumati
there to recite the Patimokkha."

Thus, brethren, spake that Great Brahma.

And bowing down before the Exalted One,
he passed round by the left,
and forthwith disappeared.

24, 25. Then Vipassi, brethren,
arose towards eventide
from his meditations
and told the bhikkhus:

"Now at this time, brethren, a vast company of bhikkhus is staying at Bandhumati.

And to me,
as I meditated in solitude,
this idea arose in my mind: —

'There is now a vast company of bhikkhus dwelling at Bandhumati.

What if I were now to grant leave to the bhikkhus and say: —

"Fare ye forth, brethren,
on the mission that is for the good of the many,
for the happiness of the many,
to take compassion on the world,
to work profit
and good
and happiness
to gods and men.

Go not singly;
go in pairs;
teach ye, brethren, the Truth,
lovely in its origin,
lovely in its progress,
lovely in its consummation,
both in the spirit and in the letter,
proclaim ye the higher life
in all its fullness
and in all its purity.

Beings there are
whose eyes are hardly dimmed with dust,
perishing because they hear not the Truth.

Moreover after every six years have passed
come ye to Bandhumati,
the royal residence,
there to recite the summary of the Rules of the Order."

Now one of the Great Brahmās, brethren,
when he became aware in thought
of my thoughts,
like a strong man stretching his bent arm out,
or drawing back his outstretched arm,
vanished from the Brahma-world
and appeared in my presence.

Then, draping his outer robe over one shoulder,
he raised his joined hands towards me,
saying: —

'Even so, O Exalted One!

Even so, O Welcome One!

Let the Exalted One thus grant leave
to this great company of bhikkhus,
and say: —

"Fare ye forth, brethren,
on the mission that is for the good of the many,
for the happiness of the many,
to take compassion on the world,
to work profit
and good
and happiness
to gods and men.

Go not singly;
go in pairs;
teach ye, brethren, the Truth,
lovely in its origin,
lovely in its progress,
lovely in its consummation,
both in the spirit and in the letter,
proclaim ye the higher life
in all its fullness
and in all its purity.

Beings there are
whose eyes are hardly dimmed with dust,
perishing because they hear not the Truth.

Moreover after every six years have passed
come ye to Bandhumati,
the royal residence,
there to recite the summary of the Rules of the Order."

Moreover we too, lord,
will do even as the bhikkhus
after every six years have passed;
we will come to Bandhumati
there to recite the Patimokkha.'

Thus, brethren, spake that Great Brahma.

And bowing down before me,
he passed round by the left,
and forthwith disappeared.

26. I grant ye leave, brethren!

Fare ye forth, brethren,
on the mission that is for the good of the many,
for the happiness of the many,
to take compassion on the world,
to work profit
and good
and happiness
to gods and men.

Mā ekena dve agamittha.'Not by one two to-set out.' This should be translated along the lines of: "Not by one way (or 'in the same direction' should two go." The idea is to spread out the resources.

p.p. explains it all — p.p.

Go not singly;
go in pairs;
teach ye, [38] brethren, the Truth,
lovely in its origin,
lovely in its progress,
lovely in its consummation,
both in the spirit and in the letter,
proclaim ye the higher life
in all its fullness
and in all its purity.

Beings there are
whose eyes are hardly dimmed with dust,
perishing because they hear not the Truth.

Moreover after every six years have passed
come ye to Bandhumati,
the royal residence,
there to recite the Patimokkha."

Then those bhikkhus, brethren,
for the most part on that very day,
set forth on their mission among the people.

27. Now at that time, brethren,
there was a very great number of religious dwellings in Jambudipa —
some 84,000.

As one year was drawing to a close
the angels proclaimed the news: —

"Ho, friends! one year is ending;
now five years remain.

At the end of five years
we have to go to Bandhumati
to recite the Patimokkha."

As the second year was drawing to a close
the angels proclaimed the news: —

"Ho, friends! the second year is ending;
now four years remain.

At the end of four years
we have to go to Bandhumati
to recite the Patimokkha."

As the third year was drawing to a close
the angels proclaimed the news: —

"Ho, friends! the third year is ending;
now three years remain.

At the end of three years
we have to go to Bandhumati
to recite the Patimokkha."

As the fourth year was drawing to a close
the angels proclaimed the news: —

"Ho, friends! the fourth year is ending;
now two years remain.

At the end of two years
we have to go to Bandhumati
to recite the Patimokkha."

As the fifth year was drawing to a close
the angels proclaimed the news: —

"Ho, friends! the fifth year is ending;
now one year remains.

At the end of one year
we have to go to Bandhumati
to recite the Patimokkha."

As the sixth year was drawing to a close
the angels proclaimed the news: —

"Ho, friends!

The six years are at an end.

Now is the time for us to go to Bandhumati to recite the Patimokkha."

Then, brethren, those bhikkhus,
some by their own magic power,
some by the magic power of the gods,
on that very day
came to Bandhumati to recite the Patimokkha.

28. Then verily, brethren,
did Vipassi, the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
thus rehearse a Patimokkha: —

"How may ye best the flesh subdue?
Be patient, brethren, be forbearing.
What is the highest, what the best?
Nirvana, brethren, say the Buddhas.
For he's no Wanderer who harms
His fellow man; he's no recluse
Who works his neighbour injury.

Work ye no evil;
give yourselves to good;
Cleanse ye your hearts, —
so runs the Buddhas' word.

[39] Blame not, strike not, restrain self in the Law,
With temperance eat, lonely seek rest and sleep,
Given to thoughts sublime, — so runs the Buddhas' word."[83]

 


 

29. At one time I, brethren, was dwelling at Ukkattha,
in the Delectable Wood,
beneath a giant sal tree.

Now to me as I meditated in solitude
this idea arose in my mind: —

"There is but one abode of beings
easily accessible
that I have not dwelt in for a very long time,
and that is among the gods of the Pure Mansions.[84]

What if I were now to repair thither?"

Then, brethren,
as a strong man stretching his bent arm out,
or drawing back his outstretched arm,
so did I vanish from beneath the giant sal tree
in the Delectable Wood at Ukkattha
and appear among the gods of the Aviha heaven.

In that group of gods, brethren,
several thousands of them came up to me,
and saluting me,
stood by and spake thus: —

"Friend, it is now ninety-one aeons ago
since Vipassi, the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
arose in the world;
Vipassi, the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
was born in the aristocracy, in the khattiya cast;
Vipassi, the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
was born in the Kondañña clan;
Vipassi, the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
lived when the length of life was eighty-thousand years;
Vipassi, the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
arose to awakening at the root of a trumpet-flower tree;
Vipassi, the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had disciples chief in learning, chief in good luck named Khaṇḍāā and Tissa;
Vipassi, the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had three assemblies of disciples:
one of 68 lacs [6,800,000] of bhikkhus,
one of 100,000 bhikkhus,
one of 80,000 bhikkhus
and of these three assemblies all had destroyed the āsavas;
Vipassi, the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had as attendant, main attendant, a bhikkhu named Asoka;
Vipassi, the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had a father named King Bandhumā,
his mother was named Queen Bandhumatī,
and King Bandhumā ruled over the great city of Bhandhu- [40] matī.

His leaving the world,
his becoming a recluse,
his travail,
his enlightenment,
his setting the Wheel of Truth a-rolling,
were each on such and such wise.

And we
being of those who have lived the holy life
under Vipassi our Exalted One,
and purged the lusts of the flesh,
have been reborn here."

30. And again, brethren, in that group of gods,
thousands[ed4] of them came[85] up to me, and saluting me, stood by and spake thus:

"It is now thirty-one aeons ago, friend, since Sikhi,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
arose in the world;
Sikhi,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
was born in the aristocracy, in the khattiya cast;
Sikhi,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
was born in the Kondañña clan;
Sikhi,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
lived when the length of life was seventy-thousand years;
Sikhi,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
arose to awakening at the root of the Puṇḍarīka Tree;
Sikhi,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had disciples chief in learning, chief in good luck named Abhibhu and Sambhava;
Sikhi,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had three assemblies of disciples:
one of 100,000 of bhikkhus,
one of 80,000 bhikkhus,
one of 70,000 bhikkhus
and of these three assemblies all had destroyed the āsavas;
Sikhi,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had as attendant, main attendant, a bhikkhu named Khemaŋkura;
Sikhi,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had a father named King Aruṇo,
his mother was named Queen Pabhāvatī,
and King Aruṇo ruled over the great city of Aruṇavatī.

His leaving the world,
his becoming a recluse,
his travail,
his enlightenment,
his setting the Wheel of Truth a-rolling,
were each on such and such wise.

And we
being of those who have lived the holy life
under Vipassi our Exalted One,
and purged the lusts of the flesh,
have been reborn here."

And again, brethren, in that group of gods,
thousands of them came up to me, and saluting me, stood by and spake thus:

"It was in that same thirty-first aeon, friend, that Vessabhu,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
arose in the world;
Vessabhu,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
was born in the aristocracy, in the khattiya cast;
Vessabhu,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
was born in the Kondañña clan;
Vessabhu,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
lived when the length of life was sixty-thousand years;
Vessabhu,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
arose to awakening at the root of the Sāla Tree;
Vessabhu,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had disciples chief in learning, chief in good luck named Soṇa and Uttara;
Vessabhu,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had three assemblies of disciples:
one of 80,000 of bhikkhus,
one of 70,000 bhikkhus,
one of 60,000 bhikkhus
and of these three assemblies all had destroyed the āsavas;
Vessabhu,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had as attendant, main attendant, a bhikkhu named Upasannaka;
Vessabhu,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had a father named King Suppatīto,
his mother was named Queen Yasavatī,
and King Suppatīto ruled over the great city of Anopamaṃ.

His leaving the world,
his becoming a recluse,
his travail,
his enlightenment,
his setting the Wheel of Truth a-rolling,
were each on such and such wise.

And we
being of those who have lived the holy life
under Vipassi our Exalted One,
and purged the lusts of the flesh,
have been reborn here."

And again, brethren, in that group of gods,
thousands of them came up to me, and saluting me, stood by and spake thus:

"It was in this present auspicious aeon, friend, that Kakusandha,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
arose in the world;
Kakusandha,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
was born in the theocracy, in the brahmin cast;
Kakusandha,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
was born in the Kassapa clan;
Kakusandha,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
lived when the length of life was fourty-thousand years;
Kakusandha,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
arose to awakening at the root of the Sirīsa Tree;
Kakusandha,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had disciples chief in learning, chief in good luck named Vidhūra and Sañjīva;
Kakusandha,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had one assembly of disciples numbering 40,000 bhikkhus
and of these three assemblies all had destroyed the āsavas;
Kakusandha,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had as attendant, main attendant, a bhikkhu named Buddhija;
Kakusandha,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had a father named Brāhman Aggidatto,
his mother was named Brāhmani Visākhā,
and at that time Khemo was the king of Khemavatī.

His leaving the world,
his becoming a recluse,
his travail,
his enlightenment,
his setting the Wheel of Truth a-rolling,
were each on such and such wise.

And we
being of those who have lived the holy life
under Vipassi our Exalted One,
and purged the lusts of the flesh,
have been reborn here."

And again, brethren, in that group of gods,
thousands of them came up to me, and saluting me, stood by and spake thus:

"It was in this auspicious aeon, friend, that Konāgamana,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
arose in the world;
Konāgamana,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
was born in the theocracy, in the brahmin cast;
Konāgamana,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
was born in the Kassapa clan;
Konāgamana,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
lived when the length of life was thirty-thousand years;
Konāgamana,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
arose to awakening at the root of the Udumbara Tree;
Konāgamana,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had disciples chief in learning, chief in good luck named Bhiyyosa and Uttara;
Konāgamana,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had one assembly of disciples numbering 30,000 bhikkhus
and of these three assemblies all had destroyed the āsavas;
Konāgamana,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had as attendant, main attendant, a bhikkhu named Sotthija;
Konāgamana,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had a father named Brāhman Yaññadatto,
his mother was named Brāhmani Uttarā,
and at that time Sobho was the king of Sobhavatī.

His leaving the world,
his becoming a recluse,
his travail,
his enlightenment,
his setting the Wheel of Truth a-rolling,
were each on such and such wise.

And we
being of those who have lived the holy life
under Vipassi our Exalted One,
and purged the lusts of the flesh,
have been reborn here."

And again, brethren, in that group of gods,
thousands of them came up to me, and saluting me, stood by and spake thus:

It was in this auspicious aeon, friend, that Kassapa,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
arose in the world;
Kassapa,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
was born in the theocracy, in the brahmin cast;
Kassapa,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
was born in the Kassapa clan;
Kassapa,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
lived when the length of life was twenty-thousand years;
Kassapa,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
arose to awakening at the root of the Nigrodha Tree;
Kassapa,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had disciples chief in learning, chief in good luck named Tissa and Bhāradvāja;
Kassapa,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had one assembly of disciples numbering 20,000 bhikkhus
and of these three assemblies all had destroyed the āsavas;
Kassapa,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had as attendant, main attendant, a bhikkhu named Sabbamitta;
Kassapa,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had a father named Brāhman Brahmadatto,
his mother was named Brāhmani Dhanavatī,
and at that time Kikī was the king of Bārāṇasī.

His leaving the world,
his becoming a recluse,
his travail,
his enlightenment,
his setting the Wheel of Truth a-rolling,
were each on such and such wise.

And we
being of those who have lived the holy life
under Vipassi our Exalted One,
and purged the lusts of the flesh,
have been reborn here."

And again, brethren, in that group of gods,
several hundreds of them came up to me, and saluting me, stood by and spake thus:

It is in this fortunate aeon, friend, the Exalted One,
an Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
has arisen in the world;
the Exalted One,
an Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
was born in the aristocracy, in the khattiya cast;
the Exalted One,
an Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
was born in the Gotama clan;
the Exalted One,
an Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
live when the length of life is one hundred years;
the Exalted One,
an Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
arose to awakening at the root of the Assattha Tree;
the Exalted One,
an Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
have disciples chief in learning, chief in good luck named Sāriputta and Moggallāna;
the Exalted One,
an Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
has one assembly of disciples numbering 1250 bhikkhus
and of these all have destroyed the āsavas;
the Exalted One,
an Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
has as attendant, main attendant, a bhikkhu named Ānanda;
the Exalted One,
an Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
has a father named King Suddhodano,
his mother was named Queen Māyā,
and they ruled over the great city of Kapilavatthu."

 


 

31. 32.[ed6] 'Thereafter, brethren, I resorted,
not only to the Aviha gods,
but also to the home of the Cool gods;
and so, including both the Aviha gods and the [41] Cool gods,[86]
I came to the home of the Fair gods.[87]

Then on, including thus the Aviha and Cool and Fair gods,
I came to the home of the Wellseeing gods.[88]

And yet on,
including thus Aviha and Cool and Fair and Wellseeing gods,
till I came to the home of the Senior gods.

And in each of these heavens[ed5] thousands of the gods of them came up to me, and saluting me, stood by and spake thus:

"It is now thirty-one aeons ago, friend, since Sikhi,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
arose in the world;
Sikhi,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
was born in the aristocracy, in the khattiya cast;
Sikhi,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
was born in the Kondañña clan;
Sikhi,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
lived when the length of life was seventy-thousand years;
Sikhi,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
arose to awakening at the root of the Puṇḍarīka Tree;
Sikhi,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had disciples chief in learning, chief in good luck named Abhibhu and Sambhava;
Sikhi,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had three assemblies of disciples:
one of 100,000 of bhikkhus,
one of 80,000 bhikkhus,
one of 70,000 bhikkhus
and of these three assemblies all had destroyed the āsavas;
Sikhi,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had as attendant, main attendant, a bhikkhu named Khemaŋkura;
Sikhi,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had a father named King Aruṇo,
his mother was named Queen Pabhāvatī,
and King Aruṇo ruled over the great city of Aruṇavatī.

His leaving the world,
his becoming a recluse,
his travail,
his enlightenment,
his setting the Wheel of Truth a-rolling,
were each on such and such wise.

And we
being of those who have lived the holy life
under Vipassi our Exalted One,
and purged the lusts of the flesh,
have been reborn here."

And again, brethren,
thousands of them came up to me, and saluting me, stood by and spake thus:

"It was in that same thirty-first aeon, friend, that Vessabhu,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
arose in the world;
Vessabhu,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
was born in the aristocracy, in the khattiya cast;
Vessabhu,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
was born in the Kondañña clan;
Vessabhu,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
lived when the length of life was sixty-thousand years;
Vessabhu,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
arose to awakening at the root of the Sāla Tree;
Vessabhu,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had disciples chief in learning, chief in good luck named Soṇa and Uttara;
Vessabhu,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had three assemblies of disciples:
one of 80,000 of bhikkhus,
one of 70,000 bhikkhus,
one of 60,000 bhikkhus
and of these three assemblies all had destroyed the āsavas;
Vessabhu,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had as attendant, main attendant, a bhikkhu named Upasannaka;
Vessabhu,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had a father named King Suppatīto,
his mother was named Queen Yasavatī,
and King Suppatīto ruled over the great city of Anopamaṃ.

His leaving the world,
his becoming a recluse,
his travail,
his enlightenment,
his setting the Wheel of Truth a-rolling,
were each on such and such wise.

And we
being of those who have lived the holy life
under Vipassi our Exalted One,
and purged the lusts of the flesh,
have been reborn here."

And again, brethren,
thousands of them came up to me, and saluting me, stood by and spake thus:

"It was in this present auspicious aeon, friend, that Kakusandha,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
arose in the world;
Kakusandha,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
was born in the theocracy, in the brahmin cast;
Kakusandha,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
was born in the Kassapa clan;
Kakusandha,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
lived when the length of life was fourty-thousand years;
Kakusandha,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
arose to awakening at the root of the Sirīsa Tree;
Kakusandha,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had disciples chief in learning, chief in good luck named Vidhūra and Sañjīva;
Kakusandha,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had one assembly of disciples numbering 40,000 bhikkhus
and of these three assemblies all had destroyed the āsavas;
Kakusandha,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had as attendant, main attendant, a bhikkhu named Buddhija;
Kakusandha,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had a father named Brāhman Aggidatto,
his mother was named Brāhmani Visākhā,
and at that time Khemo was the king of Khemavatī.

His leaving the world,
his becoming a recluse,
his travail,
his enlightenment,
his setting the Wheel of Truth a-rolling,
were each on such and such wise.

And we
being of those who have lived the holy life
under Vipassi our Exalted One,
and purged the lusts of the flesh,
have been reborn here."

And again, brethren,
thousands of them came up to me, and saluting me, stood by and spake thus:

"It was in this auspicious aeon, friend, that Konāgamana,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
arose in the world;
Konāgamana,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
was born in the theocracy, in the brahmin cast;
Konāgamana,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
was born in the Kassapa clan;
Konāgamana,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
lived when the length of life was thirty-thousand years;
Konāgamana,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
arose to awakening at the root of the Udumbara Tree;
Konāgamana,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had disciples chief in learning, chief in good luck named Bhiyyosa and Uttara;
Konāgamana,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had one assembly of disciples numbering 30,000 bhikkhus
and of these three assemblies all had destroyed the āsavas;
Konāgamana,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had as attendant, main attendant, a bhikkhu named Sotthija;
Konāgamana,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had a father named Brāhman Yaññadatto,
his mother was named Brāhmani Uttarā,
and at that time Sobho was the king of Sobhavatī.

His leaving the world,
his becoming a recluse,
his travail,
his enlightenment,
his setting the Wheel of Truth a-rolling,
were each on such and such wise.

And we
being of those who have lived the holy life
under Vipassi our Exalted One,
and purged the lusts of the flesh,
have been reborn here."

And again, brethren,
thousands of them came up to me, and saluting me, stood by and spake thus:

"It was in this auspicious aeon, friend, that Kassapa,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
arose in the world;
Kassapa,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
was born in the theocracy, in the brahmin cast;
Kassapa,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
was born in the Kassapa clan;
Kassapa,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
lived when the length of life was twenty-thousand years;
Kassapa,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
arose to awakening at the root of the Nigrodha Tree;
Kassapa,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had disciples chief in learning, chief in good luck named Tissa and Bhāradvāja;
Kassapa,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had one assembly of disciples numbering 20,000 bhikkhus
and of these three assemblies all had destroyed the āsavas;
Kassapa,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had as attendant, main attendant, a bhikkhu named Sabbamitta;
Kassapa,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had a father named Brāhman Brahmadatto,
his mother was named Brāhmani Dhanavatī,
and at that time Kikī was the king of Bārāṇasī.

His leaving the world,
his becoming a recluse,
his travail,
his enlightenment,
his setting the Wheel of Truth a-rolling,
were each on such and such wise.

And we
being of those who have lived the holy life
under Vipassi our Exalted One,
and purged the lusts of the flesh,
have been reborn here."

And again, brethren,
several hundreds of them came up to me, and saluting me, stood by and spake thus:

"It is in this fortunate aeon, friend, the Exalted One,
an Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
has arisen in the world;
the Exalted One,
an Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
was born in the aristocracy, in the khattiya cast;
the Exalted One,
an Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
was born in the Gotama clan;
the Exalted One,
an Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
live when the length of life is one hundred years;
the Exalted One,
an Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
arose to awakening at the root of the Assattha Tree;
the Exalted One,
an Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
have disciples chief in learning, chief in good luck named Sāriputta and Moggallāna;
the Exalted One,
an Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
has one assembly of disciples numbering 1250 bhikkhus
and of these all have destroyed the āsavas;
the Exalted One,
an Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
has as attendant, main attendant, a bhikkhu named Ānanda;
the Exalted One,
an Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
has a father named King Suddhodano,
his mother was named Queen Māyā,
and they ruled over the great city of Kapilavatthu."

 


 

33. Thus, brethren, through his clear discernment
of that principle of the Truth,
is the Tathāgata able to remember the Buddhas of old,
who attained final completion,
who cut off obstacles,
who cut down barriers,
who have ended the cycle,
who have escaped from all sorrow, —
so that he can remember
as to their birth,
their names,
their families,
the span of life usual in their time,
their pair of disciples,
and their congregations of disciples,
and can say: —

"Of such was the birth
of those Exalted Ones,
such were their names,
their families,
such were their morals,
their doctrines,
their wisdom;
how they lived
and how they gained emancipation."'

Thus spake the Exalted One.

And the brethren, pleased at heart,
rejoiced at the word of the Exalted One.

 


[1] Majjhima I, 171; Vinaya I, 8, 9; Kathā Vatthu 289; compare Divy. 393; Mahāvastu III, 326; Jātaka II, 284.

[2] Kareri, according to Childers, is Capparis trifoliata. The Cy. states that this tree which stood by the entrance to the cottage was a Varuṇa-tree, suggestive, if true, of the superseded tree-cult into which Varuṇa-worship had declined. See Rhys Davids's 'Buddhist India,' p. 235; Jāt. IV, 8. There were four principal buildings in the Jeta Wood: the cottage or chamber in question, the Kosamba-tree cottage, a perfumed chamber, and the fir-tree house (salaḷa = sarala-ghara). According to the commentator each cost 100,000 [? kahapaṇas] to build, but the ancient bas-relief on the Bharahat Tope shows clearly cottages, and apparently cottages of only one room each. In Ī 12 below this cottage is called a vihāra; and the latter word, in the ancient texts, always means a single room or lodging-place. Anātha-piṇḍika had built the first three, King Pasenadi the last.

[3] Māḷo. Buddhaghosa describes this as a nisīdana-sālā, or sitting-room, built near the cottage. At the time when this Suttanta was composed it meant a thatched roof supported by wooden pillars. There were no walls to it.

[4] According to the Cy. only religious teachers, religious disciples, Pacceka-Buddhas, and the Saviour Buddhas could recall their own or other previous lives, and, of the first, only those who taught Karma. Except the memories of the great Buddhas, which have no limit whatever, a limit is given in the case of each of these classes, past which they could not recall. This systematizing of a popular belief seems to indicate that, when Buddhaghosa lived, no claim to such transcendent memory was actually made among his contemporaries.

[5] Buddhaghosa distinguishes between the 'omniscient knowledge' by which the Buddha realizes the drift of the talk in the Brahmajāla Suttanta ('Dialogues,' I, 2), and the divine hearing, as by a finer sense, operating here.

[6] In the text is a full repetition of the reminiscence given in Ī 13. [Ed.: Here expanded.]

[7] The text repeats verbatim all that was said above of Vipassi.

[8] This and following paragraphs (to Ī 30 inclusive) recur in the Acchariyabbhutadhamma Sutta (M. III, pp. 119-24). The notes appended by Dr. Neumann to his translation of that Sutta, giving parallels from Christian archaeology, are of great interest. [Reden Gotamo Buddho's Majjhimanikayo, III, pp. 253 ft.) How the Birth-legend had developed in the fifth century A.D. may be seen in the Nidanakatha, translated in Rhys Davids's 'Buddhist Birth Stories,' pp. 62 ff.
This state of mind in Rule the first, according to a voluminous comment by Buddhaghosa, refers more to the termination of the Bodhisat's life in the Tusita heaven, than to any miraculous embryonic commencement. He is depicted as being fully aware, with his angelic neighbours, of the imminent culminating career awaiting him, and to have selected country, region, town, father and mother, on the eve of his 'fall' from heaven. He is further said to be conscious that he was qu¢ god deceased: — 'Thus fallen (or deceased) he knows 'I fall.' But he is not aware of his cuti-cittaṃ, or dying thought. As to when there is awareness of re-conception, the Buddhist fathers were not agreed. But they admit that, in its content, the dawning idea was either the first, or the fifth of the eight types of 'good thought' enumerated in Dhamma-Sangaṇi (pp. 1, 39 of the translation). But we learn, under Ī 21, that there was no consciousness by way of the five senses before birth.

[9] Dhammatā, i.e. says the Cy. in the nature, or order of things. The five old-world order of things is the Order of Karma, of the Seasons, of Life-germs, of Mind, and of the Dhamma. The last named is here implicated.

[10]Asaṁvutā. Cy. — not supported from beneath.

[11] In the Great Inter-world Hell. They would be undergoing purgatory for karma of grievous offences against parents and the religious world, and of cruelty to animals. Very long in body and with bats' nails, they were condemned to crawl up the Cakkavāḷa rock, till finding no food, they turned back and fell into the river of brine flowing round the world. Cy.

[12] This simile, occurring in a similar connexion in M. III, 121, is elsewhere ('Dialogues,' I, 87; M. II, 17) applied to self-knowledge, i.e. of one's body and mind and their interdependence. The point of the simile is not the perfection of the jewel, but the clarity of vision. The myth of the visible embryo recurs in mediaeval Christian art. See Neumann, op. cit.; and 'Buddhist Birth Stories,' p. 65 n.

[13] The Cy. holds that these disjunctives may be understood to include a term of from seven to twelve months. Seven months' embryos, it adds, live, but cannot endure heat or cold; eight months' babes do not live — a midwife tradition that, we fancy, is still current here and now.

[14] Cf. the account of the birth of Gotama, 'Buddhist Birth Stories,' p. 66, and of the four, not three, adoring kings in some early Christian bas-reliefs, Neumann, op. cit.

[15] As an emblem of sovereignty, says the Cy., in which case the emblem is usually named, not its bearers. But these were devata, angels or fairies or gods.

[16] Each action of the babe had for the later Buddhists its symbolical meaning. Standing on the earth meant obtaining the Four Iddhipadas. Facing the north meant the spiritual conquest of multitudes. The seven strides were the Seven Bojjhangas. The canopy was the umbrella of emancipation. Looking around meant unveiled knowledge. The bull-cry meant the irrevocable turning of the wheel of the Truth or Law. The 'lion-roar' of 'the last birth' meant the arahantship he would attain in this life.

[17] Literally, mark-men, or augurs. See 'Dialogues,' I, 16, n. 1. [n.70].

[18] Turner of the Wheel, the now well-known Indian symbol of empire.

[19] Dhamma-rājā.

[20] For details of each of these see below in the Maha-Sudassana Suttanta, No. XVII.

[21] This vigorous and picturesque idiom — agārasmā anagāriyaṁ pabbajati — has been here and elsewhere rendered as literally as possible.

[22] Given also at M. II, 136, 137. Comp. the note above Vol. I, p. 110. The whole theory is pre-Buddhistic.

[23] Suppaṭṭhita-pādo: literally, 'well-planted feet.' The traditional meaning is, that the whole under-surface touched the ground at once. The Great Man was 'flat-footed,' and did not toe or heel the ground in walking.

[24] If the foot of a 'Great Man' be measured in four parts, two are taken up by the sole and toes, one is under the leg, and one is the heel projecting rearward.

[25] And all four, fingers and toes, are of equal length, like a monkey's. Cy.

[26] Like a lattice, says the Cy., and explains this to mean that there is no 'webbing' between fingers and toes, but that these are set in right lines, like the meshes of a net.

[27] Ensuring the maximum of flexibility. Cy. This is desirable in sitting cross-legged.

[28] With protuberant well-modelled joints, like an ear of rice or barley. Cy.

[29] Hence the Buddhas only wash as an example to their followers. Cy.

[30] He will not stoop, nor lean backward, as if catching at the stars, nor have a crooked spine, but tower up symmetrically like a golden tower-gate in a city of the gods. Cy.

[31] The backs of the four limbs, the shoulders and the trunk are well fleshed. Cy.

[32] i.e. proportionately broad and full.

[33] Citantaraṁso, lit. he has the shoulder-interval filled up. The Cy. explains, the two sides of the back have no depression in the middle, nor look separated, but from the small of the back upwards the fleshy covering is as a level golden slab.

[34] Literally, he has the banyan circumference. It was believed that a banyan always measured the same, like the diameter of a circle, in height as in width.

[35] Samavattakkhandho. According to the Cy. the exterior of the whole vocal apparatus is here meant, rather than the trunk or shoulders only.

[36] Rasaggasaggi.

[37] That is, with the lower jaw relatively fuller than the upper. Cy.

[38] That is, the Great Man at a more adult stage has eight more than the normal thirty-two. How the learned brahmins saw these signs in the babe is not explained.

[39] See 'Dialogues,' I, 131.

[40] According to Childers, the Indian cuckoo. The Great Man's voice is very clear and pure-toned, neither worn nor broken nor harsh. Cy. Yoga-culture is to-day held to yield, as one result, a pleasant musical voice.

[41] Like flax-blossom. Cy. Perhaps a tradition of Aryan origin.

[42] Completely surrounding the eyes, thick like a black cow's; bright and soft like a new-born red calf's. Cy.

[43] Uṇhīsa-sīso. This expression, says the Cy., refers to the fullness either of the forehead or of the cranium. In either case the rounded highly-developed appearance is meant, giving to the unadorned head the decorative dignified effect of a crested turban, and the smooth symmetry of a water-bubble.

[44] In the text this refrain occurs after the naming of each mark. [Ed.: Here expanded.]

[45] Literally by hip to hip; women passing him from arm to arm, men from one shoulder to another, explains the Cy.

[46] The Cy. relates of the bird that it sings a flute-like song after pecking at honey and mangoes, and that the song exercises a sort of Orpheus-spell over every beast that hears it. Asandhimittā, the consort of Asoka, was converted by it. She had inquired of the Order, if it were known what the Buddha's voice was like; and on its being compared to the karavīka's song, wished to hear that. Asoka sent for one, which would not sing in its cage, till a mirror was placed by it. Fancying it saw a kinsman, it sang, throwing every one into ecstasies, and so exalting the queen's idea of the Buddha's voice, that she attained 'the fruit of sotāpatti.'

[47] That is, not by special practice, but as the result of action in former births, as with the fairies' power of vision. Cy.

[48] Vipassi refers rather to the inward vision of the seer. Vipassana is insight or intuition.

[49] Namely by giving signs of dissatisfaction when a decision was wrong.

[50] Nippurisehi turiyehi. Both words are ambiguous. Childers, following B.R., who follow Wilson, renders turiya by musical instrument. It is very doubtful whether it ever means that. Music, or orchestra, seems to be required in such passages as I have noted. Nippurisa (only found as yet in this connexion) may be non-human (that is, fairy), or not male. See D. II, 171; M. I, 571; A. I, 145; Vin. I, 15; II, 180; J. I, 58, and Senart's note at Mahāvastu III, 486. The alternative rendering would therefore be 'fairy music' But the commentator evidently takes the words in the meaning given above.

[51] The legendary age of humans at the time of Vipassi was 80,000 years, so that we may reckon 1000 of his years as one of ours. When this legend is afterwards related of Gotama Buddha (in the Nidānakathā), he is said to have reached his majority (sixteen years) when the drives begin.

[52] Antepuraṁ, or harem. Tradition adds that he 'dismissed his womenfolk, and sat alone in his bedchamber, pierced in heart by this first dart.'

[53] Text repeats in full as in Ī 1. [Ed.: Here expanded.]

[54] Pāṇa, 'living creatures.' The number is the usual idiom for a multitude, no more pretending to accuracy than our 'a thousand thanks.'

[55] Vāsupagato. The commentary explains this as meaning 'when seated under his Wisdom-Tree.' But the word in the text is quite vague; and it is only the later tradition which thought it edifying to limit all such deep questions as the one discussed in the following sections to one time and place.

[56] Yoniso manasikārā. The Cy. paraphrases thus that interesting idiom: 'i.e. from attention to expedients (upāya, that is, expedients in analysis, comp. S. II, 17; III, 135; III, 53; III, 161; A. V, 111): from attention to the course [of things] (patha); the attention of one who is attending to impermanence and the rest [dukkha, anattā] as such; the attention of one who is observing the continuity, that is to say the rising and passing away, of the phenomena in question under either their positive or negative aspect.' There is here no attempt to substitute, as an equivalent for yoni, a term for origin or basis — nidāna, e.g. or mūla. The observation that is yoniso appears to Buddhaghosa to be of causation viewed as phenomenal only, as process of invariable antecedent and consequent, with applica- tion of the methods of induction known since J. S. Mill as the Methods of Agreement and Difference.

[57] The translating of upādanaṃ must always be inadequate; we having no word to fill its dual sense of something-to-hand, Staff, fuel, and a laying hold of something. If 'data,' which is etymologically' akin, had chanced to be danda, there would have been an approximation in implication. That the term, in the commentarial tradition, held this active force is clear from anupādāya, 'void of grasping,' being paraphrased by agahetvā, not having laid hold of. See also 'Psychological Ethics,' p. 322, n. 1; 'Asl.' pp. 385, 450.

Notes 58-59. What Rhys Davids calls 'the representative faculty' is 'mano' 'mind' the cognitive aspect of what we call the mind. Western thought is reluctant to call 'mind' an organ of sense.
'Name-and-form' 'nāma-rūpa' is better left as 'name-and-form' than thought of as 'mind and matter'. Rhys Davids thought is again here conditioned by Western philosophy. The idea is 'named-forms'. What individualized consciousness (consciousness that has come into existence) is aware of is named-forms. Named-forms give rise to consciousness. Identification with consciousness of named-forms is what is called existence. Existence is bound up in individuality.

p.p. explains it all — p.p.

[58] The sixfold field is the sphere of action of the six senses; that is, our five senses, and the representative faculty.

[59] Name-and-form is what we should call mind and body.

[60] The Cy. here inquires into the omission of the two ultimate links in the 'Chain of Causation' that are given in most of the passages where the formula occurs — notably in the Nidana Samyutta and in the Majjhima Nikāya (I, pp. 49-52, 261, etc.); also in Dh.S., p. 348, and Vibh., pp. 135 ff. It judges that, whereas avijjā and sahkhārā relate to existence prior to that in which the remainder of the terms from viññāṇaṁ to jarāmaraṇaṁ, for any given individual, hold true, Vipassi's vipassanā was confining itself to any given present life. Mr. Loveday, in his essay on the 'Chain,' also came to the conclusion that, to apply the links in succession to any individual life, 'ignorance' and 'the sahkharas' must be referred to prior existence. (J.A.O.S., 1894.)

[61] In S. II, 114 their independence is compared to two sheaves of reeds leaning one against the other. Elsewhere — in definitions of nāma-rūpam — nāma is sometimes made to include viññāṇaṃ, Dh.S., pp. 341, 342, sometimes not, M. I, 53; Vibh. 136.

[62] Literally 'the Vipassanā Way to insight.' As this is not a stock phrase in this connexion it doubtless contains a play on the name Vipassi.

[63] That is, the new individual, divisible into five constituent parts, called into being by the grasping attitude maintained during the previous life. Khandho, group, is rendered by 'body' in Ī 19 — 'whole body of Ill' — and, in both connexions, is always paraphrased by rāsi, or heap. Buddhist Pluralism turned away from unifying concepts, and chose to picture organic processes under aggregates. The concept is not so atomistic as we might think, the 'heap' referring to past and potential repetition of process.

[64] This is the standing phrase for the attainment, not of Buddhahood, but of Arahantship. Nevertheless Vipassi is henceforth called a Buddha. Compare what is said above, p. 2. On the Āsavas, here rendered Intoxicants, see above, Vol. I, pp. 92, 93. The Jain use of the term is referred to by Bhandarkar, 'Report, etc.,' p. 100. Other Pali references are J. IV, 222, 3 and A. I, 124, 7, which confirm the suggested connotation of a poisonous, intoxicating drug.

[65] The following episode occurs also in Vinaya I, 4 (translated in Vin.Texts, I, 84-8), and M. I, 167-9 [MN 26-Horner] (translated by Dr. Neumann, 'Reden G. Buddho's, Mittlere Sammlung,' I, pp. 268 ff.), and S. I, 137-41.

[66] Dhamma, more literally the Norm. On this difficult but all-pervading term see Rh. D. 'American Lectures' pp. 2, 38, and 'Buddhist India,' 292-4..

[67] In the eighth week, says the Cy., after his attainment of Buddhahood, the intervening weeks having been spent in places corresponding to those where Gotama Buddha is alleged, in the Nidānakathā, to have spent them. Rh. D. 'Buddhist Birth Stories,' pp. 105-9. But there is nothing in the text to confirm this.

[68] See 'Dialogues,' I, 26: — 'not to be grasped by mere logic' — atakkāvacaro. 'Only by ñāṇani' — knowledge, insight — adds the Cy. Takka, meaning fundamentally thinking, is perhaps too much honoured, in the meaning it had come to bear, by being rendered 'logic' In the Takka-jātaka, e.g. where the soubriquet 'takka-paṇḍita,' date-sage, is considered by Mr. Chalmers to imply a word-play on date and logic, the pundit's occupation is said to be foretelling 'what were lucky and unlucky seasons' to villagers for pay. Such low crafts, however, are not classed as takka in the 'Moralities' list of Dialogues, I, pp. 16 ff. And it is very possible that 'takka' conveyed, to the religious mind of that day, much the same that so-called 'mere logic' or 'sophistry' does at the present time.

[69] Idapaccayatā paṭiccasamuppādo: — more literally, that conditionedness, genesis by way of cause. The second term implies the universal law, the first is its application to any given case.

[70] i.e. of the sankhāras of actions, speech and thoughts. 'When Nirvana is reached,' says the Cy., 'all their diffusions are calmed. So too all cravings are destroyed, all evil passions are quenched, all suffering ceases.' For Buddhaghosa, Vipassi's 'Truth' is the calm and detachment of the intellectually and ethically free man.

I Corinthians 15.52: In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

p.p. explains it all — p.p.

[71] Anacchariyā, i. e. anu-acchar-iya, instantaneous; analogous to the Greek a)na_ xro&non, and similar to the later e)n a)go&mw of the New Testament (i Cor. xv. 52). The expression is frequently used of the Buddha's similes.

[72] Ignorance, not explicit in the text, is usually symbolized by darkness — tamokkhandho — and is so referred to in the Cy.

[73] 'Although merely referred to,' says the Cy., 'as one among them, he is to be understood as the chief Great-Brahma in this universe.' But the title of Sahampati, given in the Vinaya and Majjhima versions, seems to be a later gloss.

[74] On the super-normal sense of a Buddha, one of his ten balas or powers, see 'Vibhanga,' p. 340.

[75] The following verses and the response are otherwise arranged in the Vinaya and Majjhima versions, in the former immediately following the deity's petition, in the latter immediately following the lotus simile.

[76] In the text simply, O Exalted (or Blessed) One; — practically the only expression not literally reproduced.

[77] Amatassa dvārā; literally the doors of ambrosia. On this term see Appendix I.[ed3] Cf. also M. I, 227:amatadvāraṁ. 'Wide-flung the living gate, the safe (road) leading to Nirvana.'

[78] Pamuñcantu saddhaṃ. The expression is ambiguous. Oldenberg, 'Vinaya Texts' I, 88, renders it 'Let them send forth faith to meet it.' We think it means let them give up their faith in rites, and gods, and ceremonies, with especial references to the offerings to the dead. Comp. R.0. Franke in Z.D.M.G., 1909, p. 7.

[79] Tradition apparently identified this with Isipatana, the deer-park, in Gotama Buddha's time, at Benares, and attributed the name Khema to the park as having been given as a deer-preserve, or refuge. Cy.

[80] Cf. 'Dialogues,' I, p. 135.

[81] Aṭṭha-saṭṭhi sata-sahassaṃ — 6,800.000 — is the literal figure given. See p. 39.

[82] Pātimokkha, literally the Disburdenment. The text as we have it (translated in 'Vinaya Texts' Vol. I) dates only from the times of early Buddhism, and it is not likely that this technical name used as the title was much older.

[83] These verses, except lines 8 and 9, have been included in the Dhammapada 184-6.

[84] The Suddhāvāsā devā comprise the five highest spheres of celestials in the so-called Rūpa loka, i.e. the universe of Form, the five being named successively in the text. Beyond these five heavens were yet four spheres of the Formless. The following paragraphs develop the assertion on p. 7: 'And gods also have revealed these matters to him.' ...

[85] The text here is greatly abbreviated. It is intended that numbers of the gods claim to have been, in a previous birth, the followers of each successive Buddha; and Ī 29 is to be understood, in full, for each Buddha. The full text is given, as usual, for the first and last cases only. {Ed.: here expanded fully.}

[86] The Cy. interprets as active: — na kañci sattaṁ tapentī ti — they torment no one.

[87] Paraphrased as 'lovely to look at, beautiful, charming.'

[88] Paraphrased as 'because they see vividly the beautiful vision of the former.'

 


[ed1] Rhys Davids abridges ĪĪ 5-12, providing the information in the following table. Note changes in the unabridged version which follow the Pali but use Rhys David's terminology where possible.

Name Kappa, Aeon Jāti: Cast Gotta: Clan Length of Life
at that time
Tree of
Awakening
Names of
two chief
disciples
Number of
Arahants
present at
assemblies
Name
of usual
attendant
Father Mother Birth-place
1. Vipassi 91st previous Kshatriya: Aristocracy Kondañña 80,000 Pāṭali Khaṇḍā
Tissa
68 lacs
100000
80,000
Asoka Bandhumā Bandhumatī Bandhumatī
2. Sikhi 31st previous Kshatriya: Kondañña 70,000 Puṇḍarīka Abhibhu
Sambhava
100,000
80,000
70,000
Khemaŋkura Aruṇa Pabhāvatī Pabhāvatī
3. Vessabhu 31st previous Kshatriya: Kondañña 60,000 Sāla Soṇa
Uttara
80,000
70,000
60,000
Upasannaka Sūppatīa Yasavatī Khemavatī
4. Kakusandha This Aeon Brahmin: Theocracy Kassapa 40,000 Sirīsa Vidhūra
Sañjīva
40,000 Buddhija Aggidatta Visākha Khemavatī
5. Konāgamana This Aeon Brahmin: Kassapa 30,000 Udumbara Bhiyyosa
Uttara
30,000 Sotthija Yaññadatta Uttarā Sobhavatī
6. Kassapa This Aeon Brahmin: Kassapa 20,000 Nigrodha Tissa
Bhāradvāja
20,000 Sabbamitta Brahmadatta Dhanavatī Bārāṇasī
7. Gotama This Aeon Kshatriya: Gotama 100 Assattha Sāriputta
Moggallāna
1250 Ānanda Soddhodana Māyā Kapilavatthu

 

[ed2] Rhys Davids omits rather than abridges. In abridgments I unabridge following the Pali, using Rhys David's terminology and make no typographical distinction. Where he has simply omitted a passage I reconstruct it from the Pali using his terminology, place it in square brackets and italicize.

[ed3] I do not find any 'Appendix 1' in my copies of this or the other volumes of the Dialogues.

[ed4] The text abbreviates and gives no clue as to the diminishing numbers of devas. The number for Sikhi is 'thousands' as with Vipassi, the number for Gotama is 'hundreds.' One would expect a diminishing number for each Buddha proportional to the stated following of Arahants. It is also conceivable that each description of each Buddha contained the text in full of the 'leaving the world, becomng a recluse, etc.' but this is not indicated in the text. Also for this group of sections I have retained the wording of their first appearance whereas Woodward has altered the order and some wording. I have changed the wording for the Gotama entry to that given by Rhys Davids.

[ed5] Rhys Davids abridges with: [And in each of these heavens numbers of the gods accosted me and told me of their previous birth under Vipassi and the following Buddhas down to the present one, myself.]

[ed6] I have expanded the following section according to Rhys Davids understanding, but I belive the Pali is better understood as follows (using Rhys Davids terminology):

Thereafter, brethren the Cool gods approached the Aviha gods, and from that group of gods several thousands of them came up to me,
and saluting me,
stood by and spake thus: —

"Friend, it is now ninety-one aeons ago
since Vipassi, the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
arose in the world;
Vipassi, the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
was born in the aristocracy, in the khattiya cast;
Vipassi, the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
was born in the Kondañña clan;
Vipassi, the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
lived when the length of life was eighty-thousand years;
Vipassi, the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
arose to awakening at the root of a trumpet-flower tree;
Vipassi, the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had disciples chief in learning, chief in good luck named Khaṇḍāā and Tissa;
Vipassi, the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had three assemblies of disciples:
one of 68 lacs of bhikkhus,
one of 100,000 bhikkhus,
one of 80,000 bhikkhus
and of these three assemblies all had destroyed the āsavas;
Vipassi, the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had as attendant, main attendant, a bhikkhu named Asoka;
Vipassi, the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had a father named King Bandhumā,
his mother was named Queen Bandhumatī,
and King Bandhumā ruled over the great city of Bhandhu-matī.

His leaving the world,
his becoming a recluse,
his travail,
his enlightenment,
his setting the Wheel of Truth a-rolling,
were each on such and such wise.

And we
being of those who have lived the holy life
under Vipassi our Exalted One,
and purged the lusts of the flesh,
have been reborn here."

And again, brethren, in that group of gods,
thousands of them came up to me, and saluting me, stood by and spake thus:

"It is now thirty-one aeons ago, friend, since Sikhi,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
arose in the world;
Sikhi,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
was born in the aristocracy, in the khattiya cast;
Sikhi,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
was born in the Kondañña clan;
Sikhi,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
lived when the length of life was seventy-thousand years;
Sikhi,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
arose to awakening at the root of the Puṇḍarīka Tree;
Sikhi,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had disciples chief in learning, chief in good luck named Abhibhu and Sambhava;
Sikhi,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had three assemblies of disciples:
one of 100,000 of bhikkhus,
one of 80,000 bhikkhus,
one of 70,000 bhikkhus
and of these three assemblies all had destroyed the āsavas;
Sikhi,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had as attendant, main attendant, a bhikkhu named Khemaŋkura;
Sikhi,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had a father named King Aruṇo,
his mother was named Queen Pabhāvatī,
and King Aruṇo ruled over the great city of Aruṇavatī.

His leaving the world,
his becoming a recluse,
his travail,
his enlightenment,
his setting the Wheel of Truth a-rolling,
were each on such and such wise.

And we
being of those who have lived the holy life
under Vipassi our Exalted One,
and purged the lusts of the flesh,
have been reborn here."

And again, brethren, in that group of gods,
thousands of them came up to me, and saluting me, stood by and spake thus:

"It was in that same thirty-first aeon, friend, that Vessabhu,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
arose in the world;
Vessabhu,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
was born in the aristocracy, in the khattiya cast;
Vessabhu,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
was born in the Kondañña clan;
Vessabhu,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
lived when the length of life was sixty-thousand years;
Vessabhu,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
arose to awakening at the root of the Sāla Tree;
Vessabhu,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had disciples chief in learning, chief in good luck named Soṇa and Uttara;
Vessabhu,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had three assemblies of disciples:
one of 80,000 of bhikkhus,
one of 70,000 bhikkhus,
one of 60,000 bhikkhus
and of these three assemblies all had destroyed the āsavas;
Vessabhu,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had as attendant, main attendant, a bhikkhu named Upasannaka;
Vessabhu,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had a father named King Suppatīto,
his mother was named Queen Yasavatī,
and King Suppatīto ruled over the great city of Anopamaṃ.

His leaving the world,
his becoming a recluse,
his travail,
his enlightenment,
his setting the Wheel of Truth a-rolling,
were each on such and such wise.

And we
being of those who have lived the holy life
under Vipassi our Exalted One,
and purged the lusts of the flesh,
have been reborn here."

And again, brethren, in that group of gods,
thousands of them came up to me, and saluting me, stood by and spake thus:

"It was in this present auspicious aeon, friend, that Kakusandha,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
arose in the world;
Kakusandha,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
was born in the theocracy, in the brahmin cast;
Kakusandha,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
was born in the Kassapa clan;
Kakusandha,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
lived when the length of life was fourty-thousand years;
Kakusandha,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
arose to awakening at the root of the Sirīsa Tree;
Kakusandha,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had disciples chief in learning, chief in good luck named Vidhūra and Sañjīva;
Kakusandha,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had one assembly of disciples numbering 40,000 bhikkhus
and of these three assemblies all had destroyed the āsavas;
Kakusandha,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had as attendant, main attendant, a bhikkhu named Buddhija;
Kakusandha,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had a father named Brāhman Aggidatto,
his mother was named Brāhmani Visākhā,
and at that time Khemo was the king of Khemavatī.

His leaving the world,
his becoming a recluse,
his travail,
his enlightenment,
his setting the Wheel of Truth a-rolling,
were each on such and such wise.

And we
being of those who have lived the holy life
under Vipassi our Exalted One,
and purged the lusts of the flesh,
have been reborn here."

And again, brethren, in that group of gods,
thousands of them came up to me, and saluting me, stood by and spake thus:

"It was in this auspicious aeon, friend, that Konāgamana,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
arose in the world;
Konāgamana,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
was born in the theocracy, in the brahmin cast;
Konāgamana,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
was born in the Kassapa clan;
Konāgamana,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
lived when the length of life was thirty-thousand years;
Konāgamana,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
arose to awakening at the root of the Udumbara Tree;
Konāgamana,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had disciples chief in learning, chief in good luck named Bhiyyosa and Uttara;
Konāgamana,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had one assembly of disciples numbering 30,000 bhikkhus
and of these three assemblies all had destroyed the āsavas;
Konāgamana,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had as attendant, main attendant, a bhikkhu named Sotthija;
Konāgamana,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had a father named Brāhman Yaññadatto,
his mother was named Brāhmani Uttarā,
and at that time Sobho was the king of Sobhavatī.

His leaving the world,
his becoming a recluse,
his travail,
his enlightenment,
his setting the Wheel of Truth a-rolling,
were each on such and such wise.

And we
being of those who have lived the holy life
under Vipassi our Exalted One,
and purged the lusts of the flesh,
have been reborn here."

And again, brethren, in that group of gods,
thousands of them came up to me, and saluting me, stood by and spake thus:

It was in this auspicious aeon, friend, that Kassapa,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
arose in the world;
Kassapa,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
was born in the theocracy, in the brahmin cast;
Kassapa,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
was born in the Kassapa clan;
Kassapa,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
lived when the length of life was twenty-thousand years;
Kassapa,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
arose to awakening at the root of the Nigrodha Tree;
Kassapa,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had disciples chief in learning, chief in good luck named Tissa and Bhāradvāja;
Kassapa,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had one assembly of disciples numbering 20,000 bhikkhus
and of these three assemblies all had destroyed the āsavas;
Kassapa,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had as attendant, main attendant, a bhikkhu named Sabbamitta;
Kassapa,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had a father named Brāhman Brahmadatto,
his mother was named Brāhmani Dhanavatī,
and at that time Kikī was the king of Bārāṇasī.

His leaving the world,
his becoming a recluse,
his travail,
his enlightenment,
his setting the Wheel of Truth a-rolling,
were each on such and such wise.

And we
being of those who have lived the holy life
under Vipassi our Exalted One,
and purged the lusts of the flesh,
have been reborn here."

And again, brethren, in that group of gods,
several hundreds of them came up to me, and saluting me, stood by and spake thus:

It is in this fortunate aeon, friend, the Exalted One,
an Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
has arisen in the world;
the Exalted One,
an Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
was born in the aristocracy, in the khattiya cast;
the Exalted One,
an Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
was born in the Gotama clan;
the Exalted One,
an Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
live when the length of life is one hundred years;
the Exalted One,
an Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
arose to awakening at the root of the Assattha Tree;
the Exalted One,
an Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
have disciples chief in learning, chief in good luck named Sāriputta and Moggallāna;
the Exalted One,
an Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
has one assembly of disciples numbering 1250 bhikkhus
and of these all have destroyed the āsavas;
the Exalted One,
an Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
has as attendant, main attendant, a bhikkhu named Ānanda;
the Exalted One,
an Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
has a father named King Suddhodano,
his mother was named Queen Māyā,
and they ruled over the great city of Kapilavatthu."

 


 

Thereafter, brethren the Fair Gods approached the Aviha gods and the Cool gods, and from that group of gods several thousands of them came up to me,
and saluting me,
stood by and spake thus: —

"Friend, it is now ninety-one aeons ago
since Vipassi, the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
arose in the world;
Vipassi, the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
was born in the aristocracy, in the khattiya cast;
Vipassi, the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
was born in the Kondañña clan;
Vipassi, the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
lived when the length of life was eighty-thousand years;
Vipassi, the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
arose to awakening at the root of a trumpet-flower tree;
Vipassi, the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had disciples chief in learning, chief in good luck named Khaṇḍāā and Tissa;
Vipassi, the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had three assemblies of disciples:
one of 68 lacs of bhikkhus,
one of 100,000 bhikkhus,
one of 80,000 bhikkhus
and of these three assemblies all had destroyed the āsavas;
Vipassi, the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had as attendant, main attendant, a bhikkhu named Asoka;
Vipassi, the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had a father named King Bandhumā,
his mother was named Queen Bandhumatī,
and King Bandhumā ruled over the great city of Bhandhu-matī.

His leaving the world,
his becoming a recluse,
his travail,
his enlightenment,
his setting the Wheel of Truth a-rolling,
were each on such and such wise.

And we
being of those who have lived the holy life
under Vipassi our Exalted One,
and purged the lusts of the flesh,
have been reborn here."

And again, brethren, in that group of gods,
thousands of them came up to me, and saluting me, stood by and spake thus:

"It is now thirty-one aeons ago, friend, since Sikhi,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
arose in the world;
Sikhi,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
was born in the aristocracy, in the khattiya cast;
Sikhi,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
was born in the Kondañña clan;
Sikhi,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
lived when the length of life was seventy-thousand years;
Sikhi,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
arose to awakening at the root of the Puṇḍarīka Tree;
Sikhi,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had disciples chief in learning, chief in good luck named Abhibhu and Sambhava;
Sikhi,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had three assemblies of disciples:
one of 100,000 of bhikkhus,
one of 80,000 bhikkhus,
one of 70,000 bhikkhus
and of these three assemblies all had destroyed the āsavas;
Sikhi,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had as attendant, main attendant, a bhikkhu named Khemaŋkura;
Sikhi,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had a father named King Aruṇo,
his mother was named Queen Pabhāvatī,
and King Aruṇo ruled over the great city of Aruṇavatī.

His leaving the world,
his becoming a recluse,
his travail,
his enlightenment,
his setting the Wheel of Truth a-rolling,
were each on such and such wise.

And we
being of those who have lived the holy life
under Vipassi our Exalted One,
and purged the lusts of the flesh,
have been reborn here."

And again, brethren, in that group of gods,
thousands of them came up to me, and saluting me, stood by and spake thus:

"It was in that same thirty-first aeon, friend, that Vessabhu,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
arose in the world;
Vessabhu,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
was born in the aristocracy, in the khattiya cast;
Vessabhu,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
was born in the Kondañña clan;
Vessabhu,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
lived when the length of life was sixty-thousand years;
Vessabhu,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
arose to awakening at the root of the Sāla Tree;
Vessabhu,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had disciples chief in learning, chief in good luck named Soṇa and Uttara;
Vessabhu,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had three assemblies of disciples:
one of 80,000 of bhikkhus,
one of 70,000 bhikkhus,
one of 60,000 bhikkhus
and of these three assemblies all had destroyed the āsavas;
Vessabhu,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had as attendant, main attendant, a bhikkhu named Upasannaka;
Vessabhu,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had a father named King Suppatīto,
his mother was named Queen Yasavatī,
and King Suppatīto ruled over the great city of Anopamaṃ.

His leaving the world,
his becoming a recluse,
his travail,
his enlightenment,
his setting the Wheel of Truth a-rolling,
were each on such and such wise.

And we
being of those who have lived the holy life
under Vipassi our Exalted One,
and purged the lusts of the flesh,
have been reborn here."

And again, brethren, in that group of gods,
thousands of them came up to me, and saluting me, stood by and spake thus:

"It was in this present auspicious aeon, friend, that Kakusandha,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
arose in the world;
Kakusandha,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
was born in the theocracy, in the brahmin cast;
Kakusandha,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
was born in the Kassapa clan;
Kakusandha,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
lived when the length of life was fourty-thousand years;
Kakusandha,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
arose to awakening at the root of the Sirīsa Tree;
Kakusandha,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had disciples chief in learning, chief in good luck named Vidhūra and Sañjīva;
Kakusandha,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had one assembly of disciples numbering 40,000 bhikkhus
and of these three assemblies all had destroyed the āsavas;
Kakusandha,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had as attendant, main attendant, a bhikkhu named Buddhija;
Kakusandha,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had a father named Brāhman Aggidatto,
his mother was named Brāhmani Visākhā,
and at that time Khemo was the king of Khemavatī.

His leaving the world,
his becoming a recluse,
his travail,
his enlightenment,
his setting the Wheel of Truth a-rolling,
were each on such and such wise.

And we
being of those who have lived the holy life
under Vipassi our Exalted One,
and purged the lusts of the flesh,
have been reborn here."

And again, brethren, in that group of gods,
thousands of them came up to me, and saluting me, stood by and spake thus:

"It was in this auspicious aeon, friend, that Konāgamana,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
arose in the world;
Konāgamana,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
was born in the theocracy, in the brahmin cast;
Konāgamana,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
was born in the Kassapa clan;
Konāgamana,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
lived when the length of life was thirty-thousand years;
Konāgamana,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
arose to awakening at the root of the Udumbara Tree;
Konāgamana,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had disciples chief in learning, chief in good luck named Bhiyyosa and Uttara;
Konāgamana,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had one assembly of disciples numbering 30,000 bhikkhus
and of these three assemblies all had destroyed the āsavas;
Konāgamana,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had as attendant, main attendant, a bhikkhu named Sotthija;
Konāgamana,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had a father named Brāhman Yaññadatto,
his mother was named Brāhmani Uttarā,
and at that time Sobho was the king of Sobhavatī.

His leaving the world,
his becoming a recluse,
his travail,
his enlightenment,
his setting the Wheel of Truth a-rolling,
were each on such and such wise.

And we
being of those who have lived the holy life
under Vipassi our Exalted One,
and purged the lusts of the flesh,
have been reborn here."

And again, brethren, in that group of gods,
thousands of them came up to me, and saluting me, stood by and spake thus:

It was in this auspicious aeon, friend, that Kassapa,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
arose in the world;
Kassapa,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
was born in the theocracy, in the brahmin cast;
Kassapa,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
was born in the Kassapa clan;
Kassapa,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
lived when the length of life was twenty-thousand years;
Kassapa,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
arose to awakening at the root of the Nigrodha Tree;
Kassapa,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had disciples chief in learning, chief in good luck named Tissa and Bhāradvāja;
Kassapa,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had one assembly of disciples numbering 20,000 bhikkhus
and of these three assemblies all had destroyed the āsavas;
Kassapa,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had as attendant, main attendant, a bhikkhu named Sabbamitta;
Kassapa,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had a father named Brāhman Brahmadatto,
his mother was named Brāhmani Dhanavatī,
and at that time Kikī was the king of Bārāṇasī.

His leaving the world,
his becoming a recluse,
his travail,
his enlightenment,
his setting the Wheel of Truth a-rolling,
were each on such and such wise.

And we
being of those who have lived the holy life
under Vipassi our Exalted One,
and purged the lusts of the flesh,
have been reborn here."

And again, brethren, in that group of gods,
several hundreds of them came up to me, and saluting me, stood by and spake thus:

It is in this fortunate aeon, friend, the Exalted One,
an Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
has arisen in the world;
the Exalted One,
an Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
was born in the aristocracy, in the khattiya cast;
the Exalted One,
an Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
was born in the Gotama clan;
the Exalted One,
an Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
live when the length of life is one hundred years;
the Exalted One,
an Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
arose to awakening at the root of the Assattha Tree;
the Exalted One,
an Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
have disciples chief in learning, chief in good luck named Sāriputta and Moggallāna;
the Exalted One,
an Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
has one assembly of disciples numbering 1250 bhikkhus
and of these all have destroyed the āsavas;
the Exalted One,
an Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
has as attendant, main attendant, a bhikkhu named Ānanda;
the Exalted One,
an Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
has a father named King Suddhodano,
his mother was named Queen Māyā,
and they ruled over the great city of Kapilavatthu."

 


 

Thereafter, brethren the Wellseeing gods approached the Aviha gods and the Cool gods and the Fair Gods, and from that group of gods several thousands of them came up to me,
and saluting me,
stood by and spake thus: —

"Friend, it is now ninety-one aeons ago
since Vipassi, the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
arose in the world;
Vipassi, the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
was born in the aristocracy, in the khattiya cast;
Vipassi, the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
was born in the Kondañña clan;
Vipassi, the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
lived when the length of life was eighty-thousand years;
Vipassi, the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
arose to awakening at the root of a trumpet-flower tree;
Vipassi, the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had disciples chief in learning, chief in good luck named Khaṇḍāā and Tissa;
Vipassi, the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had three assemblies of disciples:
one of 68 lacs of bhikkhus,
one of 100,000 bhikkhus,
one of 80,000 bhikkhus
and of these three assemblies all had destroyed the āsavas;
Vipassi, the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had as attendant, main attendant, a bhikkhu named Asoka;
Vipassi, the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had a father named King Bandhumā,
his mother was named Queen Bandhumatī,
and King Bandhumā ruled over the great city of Bhandhu-matī.

His leaving the world,
his becoming a recluse,
his travail,
his enlightenment,
his setting the Wheel of Truth a-rolling,
were each on such and such wise.

And we
being of those who have lived the holy life
under Vipassi our Exalted One,
and purged the lusts of the flesh,
have been reborn here."

And again, brethren, in that group of gods,
thousands of them came up to me, and saluting me, stood by and spake thus:

"It is now thirty-one aeons ago, friend, since Sikhi,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
arose in the world;
Sikhi,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
was born in the aristocracy, in the khattiya cast;
Sikhi,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
was born in the Kondañña clan;
Sikhi,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
lived when the length of life was seventy-thousand years;
Sikhi,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
arose to awakening at the root of the Puṇḍarīka Tree;
Sikhi,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had disciples chief in learning, chief in good luck named Abhibhu and Sambhava;
Sikhi,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had three assemblies of disciples:
one of 100,000 of bhikkhus,
one of 80,000 bhikkhus,
one of 70,000 bhikkhus
and of these three assemblies all had destroyed the āsavas;
Sikhi,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had as attendant, main attendant, a bhikkhu named Khemaŋkura;
Sikhi,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had a father named King Aruṇo,
his mother was named Queen Pabhāvatī,
and King Aruṇo ruled over the great city of Aruṇavatī.

His leaving the world,
his becoming a recluse,
his travail,
his enlightenment,
his setting the Wheel of Truth a-rolling,
were each on such and such wise.

And we
being of those who have lived the holy life
under Vipassi our Exalted One,
and purged the lusts of the flesh,
have been reborn here."

And again, brethren, in that group of gods,
thousands of them came up to me, and saluting me, stood by and spake thus:

"It was in that same thirty-first aeon, friend, that Vessabhu,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
arose in the world;
Vessabhu,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
was born in the aristocracy, in the khattiya cast;
Vessabhu,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
was born in the Kondañña clan;
Vessabhu,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
lived when the length of life was sixty-thousand years;
Vessabhu,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
arose to awakening at the root of the Sāla Tree;
Vessabhu,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had disciples chief in learning, chief in good luck named Soṇa and Uttara;
Vessabhu,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had three assemblies of disciples:
one of 80,000 of bhikkhus,
one of 70,000 bhikkhus,
one of 60,000 bhikkhus
and of these three assemblies all had destroyed the āsavas;
Vessabhu,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had as attendant, main attendant, a bhikkhu named Upasannaka;
Vessabhu,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had a father named King Suppatīto,
his mother was named Queen Yasavatī,
and King Suppatīto ruled over the great city of Anopamaṃ.

His leaving the world,
his becoming a recluse,
his travail,
his enlightenment,
his setting the Wheel of Truth a-rolling,
were each on such and such wise.

And we
being of those who have lived the holy life
under Vipassi our Exalted One,
and purged the lusts of the flesh,
have been reborn here."

And again, brethren, in that group of gods,
thousands of them came up to me, and saluting me, stood by and spake thus:

"It was in this present auspicious aeon, friend, that Kakusandha,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
arose in the world;
Kakusandha,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
was born in the theocracy, in the brahmin cast;
Kakusandha,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
was born in the Kassapa clan;
Kakusandha,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
lived when the length of life was fourty-thousand years;
Kakusandha,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
arose to awakening at the root of the Sirīsa Tree;
Kakusandha,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had disciples chief in learning, chief in good luck named Vidhūra and Sañjīva;
Kakusandha,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had one assembly of disciples numbering 40,000 bhikkhus
and of these three assemblies all had destroyed the āsavas;
Kakusandha,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had as attendant, main attendant, a bhikkhu named Buddhija;
Kakusandha,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had a father named Brāhman Aggidatto,
his mother was named Brāhmani Visākhā,
and at that time Khemo was the king of Khemavatī.

His leaving the world,
his becoming a recluse,
his travail,
his enlightenment,
his setting the Wheel of Truth a-rolling,
were each on such and such wise.

And we
being of those who have lived the holy life
under Vipassi our Exalted One,
and purged the lusts of the flesh,
have been reborn here."

And again, brethren, in that group of gods,
thousands of them came up to me, and saluting me, stood by and spake thus:

"It was in this auspicious aeon, friend, that Konāgamana,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
arose in the world;
Konāgamana,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
was born in the theocracy, in the brahmin cast;
Konāgamana,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
was born in the Kassapa clan;
Konāgamana,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
lived when the length of life was thirty-thousand years;
Konāgamana,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
arose to awakening at the root of the Udumbara Tree;
Konāgamana,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had disciples chief in learning, chief in good luck named Bhiyyosa and Uttara;
Konāgamana,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had one assembly of disciples numbering 30,000 bhikkhus
and of these three assemblies all had destroyed the āsavas;
Konāgamana,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had as attendant, main attendant, a bhikkhu named Sotthija;
Konāgamana,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had a father named Brāhman Yaññadatto,
his mother was named Brāhmani Uttarā,
and at that time Sobho was the king of Sobhavatī.

His leaving the world,
his becoming a recluse,
his travail,
his enlightenment,
his setting the Wheel of Truth a-rolling,
were each on such and such wise.

And we
being of those who have lived the holy life
under Vipassi our Exalted One,
and purged the lusts of the flesh,
have been reborn here."

And again, brethren, in that group of gods,
thousands of them came up to me, and saluting me, stood by and spake thus:

It was in this auspicious aeon, friend, that Kassapa,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
arose in the world;
Kassapa,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
was born in the theocracy, in the brahmin cast;
Kassapa,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
was born in the Kassapa clan;
Kassapa,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
lived when the length of life was twenty-thousand years;
Kassapa,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
arose to awakening at the root of the Nigrodha Tree;
Kassapa,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had disciples chief in learning, chief in good luck named Tissa and Bhāradvāja;
Kassapa,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had one assembly of disciples numbering 20,000 bhikkhus
and of these three assemblies all had destroyed the āsavas;
Kassapa,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had as attendant, main attendant, a bhikkhu named Sabbamitta;
Kassapa,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had a father named Brāhman Brahmadatto,
his mother was named Brāhmani Dhanavatī,
and at that time Kikī was the king of Bārāṇasī.

His leaving the world,
his becoming a recluse,
his travail,
his enlightenment,
his setting the Wheel of Truth a-rolling,
were each on such and such wise.

And we
being of those who have lived the holy life
under Vipassi our Exalted One,
and purged the lusts of the flesh,
have been reborn here."

And again, brethren, in that group of gods,
several hundreds of them came up to me, and saluting me, stood by and spake thus:

It is in this fortunate aeon, friend, the Exalted One,
an Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
has arisen in the world;
the Exalted One,
an Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
was born in the aristocracy, in the khattiya cast;
the Exalted One,
an Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
was born in the Gotama clan;
the Exalted One,
an Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
live when the length of life is one hundred years;
the Exalted One,
an Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
arose to awakening at the root of the Assattha Tree;
the Exalted One,
an Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
have disciples chief in learning, chief in good luck named Sāriputta and Moggallāna;
the Exalted One,
an Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
has one assembly of disciples numbering 1250 bhikkhus
and of these all have destroyed the āsavas;
the Exalted One,
an Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
has as attendant, main attendant, a bhikkhu named Ānanda;
the Exalted One,
an Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
has a father named King Suddhodano,
his mother was named Queen Māyā,
and they ruled over the great city of Kapilavatthu."

 


 

Thereafter, brethren the Senior gods approached the Aviha gods and the Cool gods and the Fair Gods and the Wellseeing gods, and from that group of gods several thousands of them came up to me,
and saluting me,
stood by and spake thus: —

"Friend, it is now ninety-one aeons ago
since Vipassi, the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
arose in the world;
Vipassi, the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
was born in the aristocracy, in the khattiya cast;
Vipassi, the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
was born in the Kondañña clan;
Vipassi, the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
lived when the length of life was eighty-thousand years;
Vipassi, the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
arose to awakening at the root of a trumpet-flower tree;
Vipassi, the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had disciples chief in learning, chief in good luck named Khaṇḍāā and Tissa;
Vipassi, the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had three assemblies of disciples:
one of 68 lacs of bhikkhus,
one of 100,000 bhikkhus,
one of 80,000 bhikkhus
and of these three assemblies all had destroyed the āsavas;
Vipassi, the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had as attendant, main attendant, a bhikkhu named Asoka;
Vipassi, the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had a father named King Bandhumā,
his mother was named Queen Bandhumatī,
and King Bandhumā ruled over the great city of Bhandhu-matī.

His leaving the world,
his becoming a recluse,
his travail,
his enlightenment,
his setting the Wheel of Truth a-rolling,
were each on such and such wise.

And we
being of those who have lived the holy life
under Vipassi our Exalted One,
and purged the lusts of the flesh,
have been reborn here."

And again, brethren, in that group of gods,
thousands of them came up to me, and saluting me, stood by and spake thus:

"It is now thirty-one aeons ago, friend, since Sikhi,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
arose in the world;
Sikhi,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
was born in the aristocracy, in the khattiya cast;
Sikhi,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
was born in the Kondañña clan;
Sikhi,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
lived when the length of life was seventy-thousand years;
Sikhi,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
arose to awakening at the root of the Puṇḍarīka Tree;
Sikhi,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had disciples chief in learning, chief in good luck named Abhibhu and Sambhava;
Sikhi,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had three assemblies of disciples:
one of 100,000 of bhikkhus,
one of 80,000 bhikkhus,
one of 70,000 bhikkhus
and of these three assemblies all had destroyed the āsavas;
Sikhi,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had as attendant, main attendant, a bhikkhu named Khemaŋkura;
Sikhi,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had a father named King Aruṇo,
his mother was named Queen Pabhāvatī,
and King Aruṇo ruled over the great city of Aruṇavatī.

His leaving the world,
his becoming a recluse,
his travail,
his enlightenment,
his setting the Wheel of Truth a-rolling,
were each on such and such wise.

And we
being of those who have lived the holy life
under Vipassi our Exalted One,
and purged the lusts of the flesh,
have been reborn here."

And again, brethren, in that group of gods,
thousands of them came up to me, and saluting me, stood by and spake thus:

"It was in that same thirty-first aeon, friend, that Vessabhu,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
arose in the world;
Vessabhu,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
was born in the aristocracy, in the khattiya cast;
Vessabhu,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
was born in the Kondañña clan;
Vessabhu,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
lived when the length of life was sixty-thousand years;
Vessabhu,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
arose to awakening at the root of the Sāla Tree;
Vessabhu,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had disciples chief in learning, chief in good luck named Soṇa and Uttara;
Vessabhu,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had three assemblies of disciples:
one of 80,000 of bhikkhus,
one of 70,000 bhikkhus,
one of 60,000 bhikkhus
and of these three assemblies all had destroyed the āsavas;
Vessabhu,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had as attendant, main attendant, a bhikkhu named Upasannaka;
Vessabhu,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had a father named King Suppatīto,
his mother was named Queen Yasavatī,
and King Suppatīto ruled over the great city of Anopamaṃ.

His leaving the world,
his becoming a recluse,
his travail,
his enlightenment,
his setting the Wheel of Truth a-rolling,
were each on such and such wise.

And we
being of those who have lived the holy life
under Vipassi our Exalted One,
and purged the lusts of the flesh,
have been reborn here."

And again, brethren, in that group of gods,
thousands of them came up to me, and saluting me, stood by and spake thus:

"It was in this present auspicious aeon, friend, that Kakusandha,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
arose in the world;
Kakusandha,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
was born in the theocracy, in the brahmin cast;
Kakusandha,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
was born in the Kassapa clan;
Kakusandha,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
lived when the length of life was fourty-thousand years;
Kakusandha,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
arose to awakening at the root of the Sirīsa Tree;
Kakusandha,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had disciples chief in learning, chief in good luck named Vidhūra and Sañjīva;
Kakusandha,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had one assembly of disciples numbering 40,000 bhikkhus
and of these three assemblies all had destroyed the āsavas;
Kakusandha,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had as attendant, main attendant, a bhikkhu named Buddhija;
Kakusandha,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had a father named Brāhman Aggidatto,
his mother was named Brāhmani Visākhā,
and at that time Khemo was the king of Khemavatī.

His leaving the world,
his becoming a recluse,
his travail,
his enlightenment,
his setting the Wheel of Truth a-rolling,
were each on such and such wise.

And we
being of those who have lived the holy life
under Vipassi our Exalted One,
and purged the lusts of the flesh,
have been reborn here."

And again, brethren, in that group of gods,
thousands of them came up to me, and saluting me, stood by and spake thus:

"It was in this auspicious aeon, friend, that Konāgamana,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
arose in the world;
Konāgamana,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
was born in the theocracy, in the brahmin cast;
Konāgamana,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
was born in the Kassapa clan;
Konāgamana,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
lived when the length of life was thirty-thousand years;
Konāgamana,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
arose to awakening at the root of the Udumbara Tree;
Konāgamana,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had disciples chief in learning, chief in good luck named Bhiyyosa and Uttara;
Konāgamana,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had one assembly of disciples numbering 30,000 bhikkhus
and of these three assemblies all had destroyed the āsavas;
Konāgamana,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had as attendant, main attendant, a bhikkhu named Sotthija;
Konāgamana,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had a father named Brāhman Yaññadatto,
his mother was named Brāhmani Uttarā,
and at that time Sobho was the king of Sobhavatī.

His leaving the world,
his becoming a recluse,
his travail,
his enlightenment,
his setting the Wheel of Truth a-rolling,
were each on such and such wise.

And we
being of those who have lived the holy life
under Vipassi our Exalted One,
and purged the lusts of the flesh,
have been reborn here."

And again, brethren, in that group of gods,
thousands of them came up to me, and saluting me, stood by and spake thus:

It was in this auspicious aeon, friend, that Kassapa,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
arose in the world;
Kassapa,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
was born in the theocracy, in the brahmin cast;
Kassapa,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
was born in the Kassapa clan;
Kassapa,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
lived when the length of life was twenty-thousand years;
Kassapa,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
arose to awakening at the root of the Nigrodha Tree;
Kassapa,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had disciples chief in learning, chief in good luck named Tissa and Bhāradvāja;
Kassapa,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had one assembly of disciples numbering 20,000 bhikkhus
and of these three assemblies all had destroyed the āsavas;
Kassapa,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had as attendant, main attendant, a bhikkhu named Sabbamitta;
Kassapa,
the Exalted One, Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
had a father named Brāhman Brahmadatto,
his mother was named Brāhmani Dhanavatī,
and at that time Kikī was the king of Bārāṇasī.

His leaving the world,
his becoming a recluse,
his travail,
his enlightenment,
his setting the Wheel of Truth a-rolling,
were each on such and such wise.

And we
being of those who have lived the holy life
under Vipassi our Exalted One,
and purged the lusts of the flesh,
have been reborn here."

And again, brethren, in that group of gods,
several hundreds of them came up to me, and saluting me, stood by and spake thus:

It is in this fortunate aeon, friend, the Exalted One,
an Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
has arisen in the world;
the Exalted One,
an Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
was born in the aristocracy, in the khattiya cast;
the Exalted One,
an Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
was born in the Gotama clan;
the Exalted One,
an Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
live when the length of life is one hundred years;
the Exalted One,
an Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
arose to awakening at the root of the Assattha Tree;
the Exalted One,
an Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
have disciples chief in learning, chief in good luck named Sāriputta and Moggallāna;
the Exalted One,
an Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
has one assembly of disciples numbering 1250 bhikkhus
and of these all have destroyed the āsavas;
the Exalted One,
an Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
has as attendant, main attendant, a bhikkhu named Ānanda;
the Exalted One,
an Arahant, Buddha Supreme,
has a father named King Suddhodano,
his mother was named Queen Māyā,
and they ruled over the great city of Kapilavatthu."


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