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In early Buddhism, a hymn to the Buddha in Pali composed by his wife Yashodhara, is titled the "Narasiha Gatha" another title of Buddha. In later Mahayana Sutras, he is known as "Sakyasimha" or the Lion of Sakyas and has many sutras of the same name in sanskrit.

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Narasimha in Hinduism rips apart the King of demons Hiranyakashipu.

In Buddhism, Buddha is also known as Narasiha in the "Narasiha Gatha".

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The Hindu tale revisited...

The Narasiha Gatha from the Pali!

from http://www.nrsimhadeva.com

THE LIONS ROAR

Sutta Pitaka
SaŘyutta NikÓya
Division III Ţ Khandhaka
Book 21 Ţ Khandha SaŘyutta
Section 2 Ţ The Middle Fifty
Chapter 3 Ţ KhajjanŃya (Tatiyo) Vagga
21. 2. 3. 6.

(78) SŃha Ţ The Lion

1. I heard thus. At one time the Blessed One was living in the monastery offered by AnÓthapi§ˇika in Jeta's grove in SÓvatthi.

2. From there the Blessed One addressed the monks:

3. ▀Monks, the lion, king of animals, comes out of his den, stretches himself, looks in the four directions, roars the lion's roar three times, and sets out in search of prey.

4. ▀Monks, the wild animals that hear the lion's roar become frightened and anxious about their selves and those, living in holes enter holes, living in water dive into water, living in the forest enter the forest, and birds fly away.

5. ▀The king's elephants in the villages and hamlets well bound with strong ropes, break the bonds, tear them and, frightened, strew urine and excreta and run away wherever their heads turn.

6, ▀Monks this much is the excellence and the supremacy of the lion to the wild animals.

7. ▀In the same manner, monks when the Thus Gone One, worthy, rightfully enlightened, endowed with knowledge and conduct, well gone, the knower of the worlds, the tamer of those to be tamed, the Teacher of gods and men, enlightened, and blessed is born in the world and teaches, `This is matter, this the arising of matter, the fading of matter. These are feelings, perceptions, intentions and this is consciousness, the arising of consciousness and the fading of consciousness.'

8. ▀Monks, those gods with long life, beauty, enjoying much pleasantness, and established long in heavenly palaces hear the teachings of the Thus Gone One and become frightened, and anxious about their selves. `Friends, we being impermanent thought we were permanent; we, being evanescent thought we were everlasting. Indeed, we are impermanent, not everlasting completed with a self view

9. ▀Monks, this is the excellence and the supremacy of the Thus Gone One to the world together with its gods and men.ű
 
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NARSIHA GATHA
 
1. His red sacred feet are marked with an excellent wheel;

His long heels are decked with characteristic marks;

His feet are adorned with a chowrie and paraso.

That indeed, is your father, Narasiha.



2. He is delicate and a noble Sakya Prince;

His body is full of characteristic marks;

He is a hero amongst men, intent on the welfare of

the world.

That, indeed, is your father, Narasiha.



3. Like the full moon is His face;

He is dear to Gods and men;

He is like an elephant amongst men;

His gait is graceful as that of an elephant of

noble breed.

That, indeed, is your father, Narasiha.



4. He is of noble lineage, sprung from the warrior caste;

His feet have been honoured by Gods and men;

His mind is well established in morality and

concentration.

That, indeed, is your father, Narasiha.



5. Long and prominent is His well-formed nose,

His eye-lashes are like those of a heifer;

His eyes are sapphire blue; like a rainbow are

His sapphire blue eyebrows.

That, indeed, is your father, Narasiha.



6. Round and smooth is His well-formed neck;

His jaw is like that of a lion;

His body is like that of king of beast;

His beautiful skin is of bright golden colour.

That, indeed is your father, Narasiha.



7. Soft and deep is His sweet voice;

His tongue is as red as vermilion;

His white teeth are twenty in each row.

That, indeed, is your father, Narasiha.



8. Like the colour of collyrium is His sapphire hair;

Like a polished golden plate is His forehead;

As white as the morning star is His beautiful tuft

of hair (between the eyebrows).

That, indeed, is your father, Narasiha.



9. Just as the moon, surrounded by a multitude of stars,

Follows the sky path, even so goes the Lord of monks,

Accompanied by His disciples.

That, indeed, is your father, Narasiha.
 
(from the Jataka, Yashodhara, Siddhartha's wife praises Lord Buddha as he returns victorious to his kingdom!)

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