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So the king had them all summoned to his presence and said, "Tell me your spell."

The Bodhisatta made answer, "Sire, we have no other spell than this, that not a man among the whole thirty of us destroys life, or takes what is not given, or misconducts himself, or lies; we drink no strong drink; we abound in lovingkindness; we shew charity; we level the roads,dig tanks, and build a public hall;--this is our spell, our safeguard, and our strength."


No. 31.


"Let all the forest's nestlings."--This story was told by the Master while at Jetavana, about a brother who drank water without straining it 1.

Tradition says that two young Brothers who were friends went from Sāvatthi into the country, and took up their abode in a pleasant spot. After staying here as long as they wanted, they departed and set out for Jetavana in order to see the Perfect Buddha.

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One of them carried a strainer; the other had none; so both of them used the same strainer before drinking. One day they fell out. The owner of the strainer did not lend it to his companion, but strained and drank alone by himself.

As the other was not allowed the strainer, and as he could not endure his thirst, he drank water without straining it. In due course both reached Jetavana and with respectful salutation to the Master took their seats. After friendly words of greeting, he asked whence they had come.

"Sir," said they, "we have been living in a hamlet in the Kosala country, whence we have come in order to see you." "I trust you have arrived as good friends as you started?" Said the brother without a strainer, "Sir, he fell out with me on the road and would not lend me his strainer.", Said the other, "Sir, he didn't strain his water, but--wittingly--drank it down with all the living things it contained." "Is this report true, Brother, that you wittingly drank off water with all the living things it contained?" "Yes, sir, I did drink unstrained water," was the reply. "Brother, the wise and good of bygone days, when flying in rout along the deep in the days of their sovereignty over the City of the Devas, thought scorn to slay living-creatures in order to secure power for themselves. Rather, they turned their chariot back, sacrificing great glory in order to save the lives of the young of the Garuḷas 1." And, so saying, he told this story of the past.


[199] Once on a time there was a king of Magadha reigning at Rājagaha in the laud of Magadha. And just as he who is now Sakka came to life in his preceding birth in the hamlet of Macala in the land of Magadha, even so was it in the selfsame hamlet that the Bodhisatta came to life in those days as a young noble. When the day for his naming came, he was named 'Prince Magha,' but when he grew up, it was as 'Magha the young Brahmin' that he was known. His parents took a wife for him from a family of equal rank with their own; and he, with a family of sons and daughters growing up round him, excelled in charity, and kept the Five Commandments.

In that village there were just thirty families, and one day the men were standing in the middle of the village transacting the affairs of the village. The Bodhisatta had kicked aside the dust from where he was standing, and was standing there in comfort, when up came another and took his stand there. Then the Bodhisatta made himself another comfortable standing-place,--only to have it taken from him like the first. Again and again the Bodhisatta began afresh until he had made comfortable standing-places for every man there. Another time he put up a pavilion,--which later on he pulled down, building a hall with benches and a jar of water inside. Another time these thirty men were led by the Bodhisatta to

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become like-minded with himself; he established them in the Five Commandments, and thenceforth used to go about with them doing good works. And they too doing good works, always in the Bodhisatta's company, used to get up early and sally forth, with razors and axes and clubs in their hands. With their clubs they used to roll out of the way all stones that lay on the four highways and other roads of the village; the trees that would strike against the axles of chariots, they cut down; rough places they made smooth; causeways they built, dug water-tanks, and built a hall; they shewed charity and kept the Commandments. In this wise did the body of the villagers generally abide by the Bodhisatta's teachings and keep the Commandments.

Thought the village headman to himself, "When these men used to get drunk and commit murders and so forth, I used to make a lot of money out of them not only on the price of their drinks but also by the fines and dues they paid. But now here's this young brahmin Magha bent on making them keep the Commandments; he is putting a stop to murders and other crime." [200] And in his rage he cried, "I'll make them keep the Five Commandments!" And he repaired to the king, saying, "Sire, there is a band of robbers going about sacking villages and committing other villainies." When the king heard this, he bade the headman go and bring the men before him. And away went the man and hauled up as prisoners before the king every one of those thirty men, representing them to be the rascals. Without enquiry into their doings, the king commanded offhand that they should be trampled to death by the elephant. Forthwith they made them lie down in the king's court-yard and sent for the elephant. The Bodhisatta exhorted them, saying, "Bear in mind the Commandments; love the slanderer, the king and the elephant as yourselves." And they did so.

Then the elephant was brought in to trample them to death. Yet lead him as they might, he would not approach them, but fled away trumpeting loudly. Elephant after elephant was brought up;--but they all fled away like the first. Thinking that the men must have some drug about their persons, the king ordered them to be searched. Search was made accordingly, but nothing was found;--and so they told the king. "Then they must be muttering some spell," said the king; "ask them whether they have got a spell to mutter."

The question being put to them, the Bodhisatta said they had got a spell. And this the king's people told his majesty. So the king had them all summoned to his presence and said, "Tell me your spell."

The Bodhisatta made answer, "Sire, we have no other spell than this, that not a man among the whole thirty of us destroys life, or takes what is not given, or misconducts himself, or lies; we drink no strong drink; we abound in lovingkindness; we shew charity; we level the roads,

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dig tanks, and build a public hall;--this is our spell, our safeguard, and our strength."

Well-pleased with them, the king gave them all the wealth in the slanderer's house and made him their slave; and he gave them the elephant and the village to boot.

Thenceforward, doing good works to their hearts' content, they sent for a carpenter and caused him to put up a large hall at the meeting of the four highways; but [201] as they had lost all desire for womankind, they would not let any woman share in the good work.

Now in those days there were four women in the Bodhisatta's house, whose names were Goodness, Thoughtful, Joy, and Highborn. Of these Goodness, finding herself alone with the carpenter, gave him a douceur, saying,--"Brother, contrive to make me the principal person in connexion with this hall."

"Very good," said he. And before doing any other work on the building, he had some pinnacle-wood dried, which he fashioned and bored and made into a finished pinnacle. This he wrapped up in a cloth and laid aside. When the hall was finished, and it was time to put on the pinnacle, he exclaimed, "Alas, my masters, there's one thing we have not made." "What's that?" "Why, we ought to have a pinnacle." "All right, let one be got." "But it can't be made out of green wood; we ought to have a pinnacle which had been cut some time ago, and fashioned, and bored, and laid by." "Well, what is to be done now?" "Why, have a look round to see if anybody has got such a thing in his house as a ready-made pinnacle for sale." As they. looked round accordingly, they found one in the house of Goodness, but could not buy it of her for any money. "If you will make me a partner in the good work," said she, "I will give it you for nothing."

"No," was the reply, "we do not let women have a share in the good work."

Then said the carpenter to them, "My masters, what is this you say? Save the Realm of Brahma, there is no place from which women are excluded. Take the pinnacle, and our work will be complete."

Consenting, they took the pinnacle and completed their hall. They had benches put up, and jars of water set inside, providing also a constant supply of boiled rice. Round the hall they built a wall with a gate, strewing the space inside the wall with sand and planting a row of fan-palms outside. Thoughtful too caused a pleasaunce to be laid out at this spot, and not a flowering or fruit-bearing tree could be named which did not grow there. Joy, too, caused a water-tank to be dug in the same place, covered over with the five kinds of lotuses, beautiful to behold. High-born did nothing at all.

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The Bodhisatta fulfilled these seven injunctions,--to cherish one's mother, to cherish one's father, to honour one's elders, to speak truth, [202] to avoid harsh speech, to eschew slander, and to shun niggardliness:--

Whoso supports his parents, honours age,
Is gentle, friendly-spoken, slandering not,
Unchurlish, truthful, lord--not slave--of wrath,
--Him e’en the Thirty Three 
1 shall hail as Good.

Such was the praiseworthy state to which he grew, and at his life's close he passed away to be reborn in the Realm of the Thirty-three as Sakka, king of Devas; and there too were his friends reborn.

In those days there were Asuras dwelling in the Realm of the Thirty-three. Said Sakka, King of Devas, "What good to us is a kingdom which others share?" So he made the Asuras drink the liquor of the Devas, and when they were drunken, he had them hurled by the feet on to the steeps of Mount Sineru. They tumbled right down to 'The Asura Realm,' as it is called,--a region on the lowest level of Mount Sineru, equal in extent to the Realm of the Thirty-three. Here grows a tree, resembling the Coral Tree of the Devas, which lasts for an aeon and is called the Pied Trumpet-flower. The blossoms of this tree shewed them at once that this was not the Realm of Devas, for there the Coral Tree blooms. So they cried, "Old Sakka has made us drunk and cast us into the great deep, seizing on our heavenly city." "Come," they shouted, "let us win back our own realm from him by force of arms." And up the sides of Sineru they climbed, like ants up a pillar.

Hearing the alarm given that the Asuras were up, Sakka went out into the great deep to give them battle, but being worsted in the fight turned and fled away along crest after crest of the southern deep in his 'Chariot of Victory,' which was a hundred and fifty leagues long.

Now as his chariot sped along the deep, it came to the Forest of the Silk-Cotton Trees. Along the track of the chariot these mighty trees were mowed down like so many palms, and fell into the deep. And as the young of the Garuḷas hurtled through the deep, loud were their shrieks. Said Sakka to Mātali, his charioteer, "Mātali, my friend, what manner of noise is this? [203] How heartrending it sounds." "Sire, it is the united cry of the young Garuḷas in the agony of their fear, as their forest is uprooted by the rush of your chariot." Said the Great Being, "Let them not be troubled because of me, friend Mātali. Let us not, for

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empire's sake, so act as to destroy life. Rather will I, for their sake, give my life as a sacrifice to the Asuras. Turn the car back." And so saying, he repeated this stanza

Let all the forest's nestlings, Mātali,
Escape our all-devouring chariot.
I offer up, a willing sacrifice,
My life to yonder Asuras; these poor birds
Shall not, through me, from out their nests be torn.

At the word, Mātali, the charioteer, turned the chariot round, and made for the Realm of Devas by another route. But the moment the Asuras saw him begin to turn his chariot round, they cried out that the Sakkas of other worlds were surely coming up; "it must be his reinforcements which make him turn his chariot back again." Trembling for their lives, they all ran away and never stopped till they came to the Asura Realm. And Sakka entering heaven, stood in the midst of his city, girt round by an angelic host of his own and of Brahma's angels. And at that moment through the riven earth there rose up the 'Palace of Victory,' some thousand leagues high,--so-called because it arose in the hour of victory. Then, to prevent the Asuras from coming back again, Sakka had guards set in five places,--concerning which it has been said:--

[204] Impregnable both cities stand! between,
In fivefold guard, watch Nāgas, Garuḷas,
Kumbhaṇḍas, Goblins, and the Four Great Kings!

But when Sakka was enjoying as king of Devas the glory of heaven, safely warded by his sentinels at these five posts, Goodness died and was reborn as a handmaiden of Sakka once more. And the effect of her gift of the pinnacle was that there arose for her a mansion--named 'Goodness'--studded with heavenly jewels, five hundred leagues high, where, under a white heavenly canopy of royal state, sat Sakka, king of Devas, ruling men and Devas.

Thoughtful, too, died, and was once more born as a handmaiden of Sakka; and the effect of her action in respect of the pleasaunce was such that there arose a pleasaunce called 'Thoughtful's Creeper-Grove.' Joy, too, died and was reborn once more as one of Sakka's handmaidens; and the fruit of her tank was that there arose a tank called 'Joy' after her. But Highborn, [205] having performed no act of merit, was reborn as a crane in a grotto in the forest.

"There's no sign of Highborn," said Sakka to himself; "I wonder where she has been reborn." And as he considered the matter, he discovered her whereabouts. So he paid her a visit, and bringing her back with him to heaven shewed her the delightful city of the Devas, the Hall of Goodness, Thoughtful's Creeper-Grove, and the Tank called Joy. "These three," said Sakka, "have been reborn as my handmaidens by reason of

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the good works they did; but you, having done no good work, have been reborn in the brute creation. Henceforth keep the Commandments." And having exhorted her thus, and confirmed her in the Five Commandments, he took her back and let her go free. And thenceforth she did keep the Commandments.

A short time afterwards, being curious to know whether she really was able to keep the Commandments, Sakka went and lay down before her in the shape of a fish. Thinking the fish was dead, the crane seized it by the head. The fish wagged its tail. "Why, I do believe it's alive," said the crane, and let the fish go. "Very good, very good," said Sakka; "you will be able to keep the Commandments." And so saying he went away.

Dying as a crane, Highborn was reborn into the family of a potter in Benares. Wondering where she had got to, and at last discovering her whereabouts, Sakka, disguised as an old man, filled a cart with cucumbers of solid gold and sat in the middle of the village, crying, "Buy my cucumbers! buy my cucumbers!" Folk came to him and asked for them. "I only part with them to such as keep the Commandments," said he, "do you keep them?" "We don't know what you mean by your 'Commandments'; sell us the cucumbers." "No; I don't want money for my cucumbers. I give them away,--but only to those that keep the Commandments." "Who is this wag?" said the folk as they turned away. Hearing of this, Highborn thought to herself that the cucumbers must have been brought for her, and accordingly went and asked for some. "Do you keep the Commandments, madam?" said he. "Yes, I do," was the reply. "It was for you alone that I brought these here," said he, and leaving cucumbers, cart and all at her door he departed.

Continuing all her life long to keep the Commandments, Highborn after her death was reborn the daughter of the Asura king Vepacittiya, and for her goodness was rewarded with the gift of great beauty. When she grew up, her father mustered the Asuras together to give his daughter her pick of them for a husband. [206] And Sakka, who had searched and found out her whereabouts, donned the shape of an Asura, and came down, saying to himself, "If Highborn chooses a husband really after her own heart, I shall be he."

Highborn was arrayed and brought forth to the place of assembly, where she was bidden to select a husband after her own heart. Looking round and observing Sakka, she was moved by her love for him in a bygone existence to choose him for her husband. Sakka carried her off to the city of the devas and made her the chief of twenty-five millions of dancing-girls. And when his term of life ended, he passed away to fare according to his deserts.


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His lesson ended, the Master rebuked that Brother in these words, "Thus, Brethren, the wise and good of bygone days when they were rulers of the Devas, forbore, even at the sacrifice of their own lives, to be guilty of slaughter. And can you, who have devoted yourself to so saving a creed, drink unstrained water with all the living creatures it contains?" And he chewed the connexion and identified the Birth, by saying, "Ānanda was then Mātali the charioteer, and I Sakka."

[Note. Compare the commentary on Dhammapada, pp. 184 et seqq.; and Culla-vagga v. 13 in vol. ii. of Oldenberg's Vinaya (translated at page 100 of vol. XX. of the Sacred Books of the East) for the incidents of the Introductory Story. For the incident of Sakka and the Asuras in the Story of the Past, see Jātaka-mālā, No. 11 (J. R. A. S. 1893, page 315).]


76:1 As to the rules for filtering water, see Vinaya Cullavagga v. 13.

77:1 Garuḷas were winged creatures of a supernatural order, the inveterate foes of the Nāgas, whose domain was the water. Cf. (e.g.) Jātaka No. 154.

80:1 One of the devalokas, or angelic realms, of Buddhist cosmogony, was the Tāvatiṁsa-bhavanaṁ, or 'Realm of the Thirty-three,' so called because its denizens were subject to thirty-three Devas headed by Sakka, the Indra of the pre-buddhist faith. Every world-system, it may here be added, had a Sakka of its own, as is indicated infra.


4. Kulāvakavaggo

[31] 1. Kulāvakajātakavaṇṇanā

Kulāvakāti idaṃ satthā jetavane viharanto aparissāvetvā pānīyaṃ pītaṃ bhikkhuṃ ārabbha kathesi.

Sāvatthito kira dve sahāyakā daharabhikkhū janapadaṃ gantvā ekasmiṃ phāsukaṭṭhāne yathājjhāsayaṃ vasitvā ‘‘sammāsambuddhaṃ passissāmā’’ti puna tato nikkhamitvā jetavanābhimukhā pāyiṃsu.

Ekassa hatthe parissāvanaṃ atthi, ekassa natthi. Dvepi ekato pānīyaṃ parissāvetvā pivanti. Te ekadivasaṃ vivādaṃ akaṃsu. Parissāvanasāmiko itarassa parissāvanaṃ adatvā sayameva pānīyaṃ parissāvetvā pivi, itaro pana parissāvanaṃ alabhitvā pipāsaṃ sandhāretuṃ asakkonto aparissāvetvā pānīyaṃ pivi. Te ubhopi anupubbena jetavanaṃ patvā satthāraṃ vanditvā nisīdiṃsu.

Satthā sammodanīyaṃ kathaṃ kathetvā ‘‘kuto āgatatthā’’ti pucchi. ‘‘Bhante, mayaṃ kosalajanapade ekasmiṃ gāmake vasitvā tato nikkhamitvā tumhākaṃ dassanatthāya āgatā’’ti. ‘‘Kacci pana vo samaggā āgatatthā’’ti?

Aparissāvanako āha ‘‘ayaṃ, bhante, antarāmagge mayā saddhiṃ vivādaṃ katvā parissāvanaṃ nādāsī’’ti. Itaropi āha ‘‘ayaṃ, bhante, aparissāvetvāva jānaṃ sapāṇakaṃ udakaṃ pivī’’ti. ‘‘Saccaṃ kira tvaṃ bhikkhu jānaṃ sapāṇakaṃ udakaṃ pivī’’ti? ‘‘Āma, bhante, aparissāvitaṃ udakaṃ pivinti .

Satthā ‘‘bhikkhu pubbe paṇḍitā devanagare rajjaṃ kārentā yuddhaparājitā samuddapiṭṭhena palāyantā ‘issariyaṃ nissāya pāṇavadhaṃ na karissāmā’ti tāva mahantaṃ yasaṃ pariccajitvā supaṇṇapotakānaṃ jīvitaṃ datvā rathaṃ nivattayiṃsū’’ti vatvā atītaṃ āhari.





Atīte magadharaṭṭhe rājagahe eko māgadharājā rajjaṃ kāresi. Tadā bodhisatto yathā etarahi sakko purimattabhāve magadharaṭṭhe macalagāmake nibbatti, evaṃ tasmiṃyeva macalagāmake mahākulassa putto hutvā nibbatti. Nāmaggahaṇadivase cassa ‘‘maghakumāro’’tveva nāmaṃ akaṃsu. So vayappatto ‘‘maghamāṇavo’’ti pa˝˝āyittha. Athassa mātāpitaro samānajātikakulato dārikaṃ ānayiṃsu. So puttadhītāhi vaḍḍhamāno dānapati ahosi, pa˝ca sīlāni rakkhati.

 Tasmi˝ca gāme tettiṃseva kulāni honti, tepi tettiṃsa kulā manussā ekadivasaṃ gāmamajjhe ṭhatvā gāmakammaṃ karonti. Bodhisatto ṭhitaṭṭhāne pādehi paṃsuṃ viyūhitvā taṃ padesaṃ ramaṇīyaṃ katvā aṭṭhāsi, atha˝˝o eko āgantvā tasmiṃ ṭhāne ṭhito. Bodhisatto aparaṃ ṭhānaṃ ramaṇīyaṃ katvā aṭṭhāsi, tatrāpi a˝˝o ṭhito. Bodhisatto aparampi aparampīti sabbesampi ṭhitaṭṭhānaṃ ramaṇīyaṃ katvā aparena samayena tasmiṃ ṭhāne maṇḍapaṃ kāresi, maṇḍapampi apanetvā sālaṃ kāresi, tattha phalakāsanāni santharitvā pānīyacāṭiṃ ṭhapesi.

Aparena samayena tepi tettiṃsajanā bodhisattena samānacchandā ahesuṃ. Te bodhisatto pa˝casu sīlesu patiṭṭhāpetvā tato paṭṭhāya tehi saddhiṃ pu˝˝āni karonto vicarati. Tepi teneva saddhiṃ pu˝˝āni karontā kālasseva vuṭṭhāya vāsipharasumusalahatthā catumahāpathādīsu musalena pāsāṇe ubbattetvā pavaṭṭenti, yānānaṃ akkhapaṭighātarukkhe haranti, visamaṃ samaṃ karonti, setuṃ attharanti, pokkharaṇiyo khaṇanti, sālaṃ karonti, dānāni denti, sīlāni rakkhanti. Evaṃ yebhuyyena sakalagāmavāsino bodhisattassa ovāde ṭhatvā sīlāni rakkhiṃsu.

Atha nesaṃ gāmabhojako cintesi ‘‘ahaṃ pubbe etesu suraṃ pivantesu pāṇātipātādīni karontesu cāṭikahāpaṇādivasena ceva daṇḍabalivasena ca dhanaṃ labhāmi, idāni pana magho māṇavo sīlaṃ rakkhāpeti, tesaṃ pāṇātipātādīni kātuṃ na deti, idāni pana te pa˝ca sīlāni na rakkhāpessāmī’’ti kuddho rājānaṃ upasaṅkamitvā ‘‘deva, bahū corā gāmaghātādīni karontā vicarantī’’ti āha. Rājā tassa vacanaṃ sutvā ‘‘gaccha, te ānehī’’ti āha. So gantvā sabbepi te bandhitvā ānetvā ‘‘ānītā, deva, corā’’ti ra˝˝o ārocesi. Rājā tesaṃ kammaṃ asodhetvāva ‘‘hatthinā ne maddāpethā’’ti āha. Tato sabbepi te rājaṅgaṇe nipajjāpetvā hatthiṃ ānayiṃsu. Bodhisatto tesaṃ ovādaṃ adāsi ‘‘tumhe sīlāni āvajjetha, pesu˝˝akārake ca ra˝˝e ca hatthimhi ca attano sarīre ca ekasadisameva mettaṃ bhāvethā’’ti. Te tathā akaṃsu. Atha nesaṃ maddanatthāya hatthiṃ upanesuṃ. So upanīyamānopi na upagacchati, mahāviravaṃ viravitvā palāyati. A˝˝aṃ a˝˝aṃ hatthiṃ ānayiṃsu, tepi tatheva palāyiṃsu.

Rājā ‘‘etesaṃ hatthe ki˝ci osadhaṃ bhavissatī’’ti cintetvā ‘‘vicinathā’’ti āha. Vicinantā adisvā ‘‘natthi, devā’’ti āhaṃsu. Tena hi ki˝ci mantaṃ parivattessanti, pucchatha ne ‘‘atthi vo parivattanamanto’’ti? Rājapurisā pucchiṃsu, bodhisatto ‘‘atthī’’ti āha. Rājapurisā ‘‘atthi kira, devā’’ti ārocayiṃsu, rājā sabbepi te pakkosāpetvā ‘‘tumhākaṃ jānanamantaṃ kathethā’’ti āha. Bodhisatto avoca ‘‘deva, a˝˝o amhākaṃ manto nāma natthi, amhe pana tettiṃsamattā janā pāṇaṃ na hanāma, adinnaṃ nādiyāma, micchācāraṃ na carāma, musāvādaṃ na bhaṇāma, majjaṃ na pivāma, mettaṃ bhāvema, dānaṃ dema, maggaṃ samaṃ karoma, pokkharaṇiyo khaṇāma, sālaṃ karoma, ayaṃ amhākaṃ manto ca paritta˝ca vuḍḍhi cā’’ti. Rājā tesaṃ pasanno pesu˝˝akārakassa sabbaṃ gehavibhavaṃ ta˝ca tesaṃyeva dāsaṃ katvā adāsi, taṃ hatthi˝ca gāma˝ca tesaṃyeva adāsi.

Te tato paṭṭhāya yathāruciyā pu˝˝āni karontā ‘‘catumahāpathe mahantaṃ sālaṃ kāressāmā’’ti vaḍḍhakiṃ pakkosāpetvā sālaṃ paṭṭhapesuṃ. Mātugāmesu pana vigatacchandatāya tassā sālāya mātugāmānaṃ pattiṃ nādaṃsu. Tena ca samayena bodhisattassa gehe sudhammā, cittā, nandā, sujāti catasso itthiyo honti. Tāsu sudhammā vaḍḍhakinā saddhiṃ ekato hutvā ‘‘bhātika, imissā sālāya maṃ jeṭṭhikaṃ karohī’’ti vatvā la˝jaṃ adāsi. So ‘‘sādhū’’ti sampaṭicchitvā paṭhamameva kaṇṇikārukkhaṃ sukkhāpetvā tacchetvā vijjhitvā kaṇṇikaṃ niṭṭhāpetvā vatthena paliveṭhetvā ṭhapesi. Atha sālaṃ niṭṭhāpetvā kaṇṇikāropanakāle ‘‘aho, ayyā, ekaṃ na sarimhā’’ti āha. ‘‘Kiṃ nāma, bho’’ti. ‘‘Kaṇṇikā laddhuṃ vaṭṭatī’’ti. ‘‘Hotu āharissāmā’’ti? ‘‘Idāni chinnarukkhena kātuṃ na sakkā, pubbeyeva chinditvā tacchetvā vijjhitvā ṭhapitakaṇṇikā laddhuṃ vaṭṭatī’’ti. ‘‘Idāni kiṃ kātabba’’nti? ‘‘Sace kassaci gehe niṭṭhāpetvā ṭhapitā vikkāyikakaṇṇikā atthi, sā pariyesitabbā’’ti. Te pariyesantā sudhammāya gehe disvā mūlena na labhiṃsu. ‘‘Sace maṃ sālāya pattikaṃ karotha, dassāmī’’ti vutte ‘‘na mayaṃ mātugāmānaṃ pattiṃ damhā’’ti āhaṃsu.

Atha ne vaḍḍhakī āha ‘‘ayyā, tumhe kiṃ kathetha, ṭhapetvā brahmalokaṃ a˝˝aṃ mātugāmarahitaṭṭhānaṃ nāma natthi, gaṇhatha kaṇṇikaṃ, evaṃ sante amhākaṃ kammaṃ niṭṭhaṃ gamissatī’’ti. Te ‘‘sādhū’’ti kaṇṇikaṃ gahetvā sālaṃ niṭṭhāpetvā āsanaphalakāni santharitvā pānīyacāṭiyo ṭhapetvā yāgubhattaṃ nibandhiṃsu. Sālaṃ pākārena parikkhipitvā dvāraṃ yojetvā antopākāre vālukaṃ ākiritvā bahipākāre tālapantiyo ropesuṃ. Cittāpi tasmiṃ ṭhāne uyyānaṃ kāresi, ‘‘pupphūpagaphalūpagarukkho asuko nāma tasmiṃ natthī’’ti nāhosi. Nandāpi tasmiṃyeva ṭhāne pokkharaṇiṃ kāresi pa˝cavaṇṇehi padumehi sa˝channaṃ ramaṇīyaṃ. Sujā na ki˝ci akāsi.

Bodhisatto mātu upaṭṭhānaṃ pitu upaṭṭhānaṃ kule jeṭṭhāpacāyikakammaṃ saccavācaṃ apharusavācaṃ apisuṇavācaṃ maccheravinayanti imāni satta vatapadāni pūretvā –

‘‘Mātāpettibharaṃ jantuṃ, kule jeṭṭhāpacāyinaṃ;

Saṇhaṃ sakhilasambhāsaṃ, pesuṇeyyappahāyinaṃ.

‘‘Maccheravinaye yuttaṃ, saccaṃ kodhābhibhuṃ naraṃ;

Taṃ ve devā tāvatiṃsā, āhu sappuriso itī’’ti. (saṃ. ni. 1.257) –

Evaṃ pasaṃsiyabhāvaṃ āpajjitvā jīvitapariyosāne tāvatiṃsabhavane sakko devarājā hutvā nibbatti, tepissa sahāyā tattheva nibbattiṃsu. Tasmiṃ kāle tāvatiṃsabhavane asurā paṭivasanti. Sakko devarājā ‘‘kiṃ no sādhāraṇena rajjenā’’ti asure dibbapānaṃ pāyetvā matte samāne pādesu gāhāpetvā sinerupabbatapāde khipāpesi. Te asurabhavanameva sampāpuṇiṃsu.

Asurabhavanaṃ nāma sinerussa heṭṭhimatale tāvatiṃsadevalokappamāṇameva, tattha devānaṃ pāricchattako viya cittapāṭali nāma kappaṭṭhiyarukkho hoti. Te cittapāṭaliyā pupphitāya jānanti ‘‘nāyaṃ amhākaṃ devaloko, devalokasmi˝hi pāricchattako pupphatī’’ti. Atha te ‘‘jarasakko amhe matte katvā mahāsamuddapiṭṭhe khipitvā amhākaṃ devanagaraṃ gaṇhi, te mayaṃ tena saddhiṃ yujjhitvā amhākaṃ devanagarameva gaṇhissāmā’’ti kipillikā viya thambhaṃ sineruṃ anusa˝caramānā uṭṭhahiṃsu. Sakko ‘‘asurā kira uṭṭhitā’’ti sutvā samuddapiṭṭheyeva abbhuggantvā yujjhamāno tehi parājito diyaḍḍhayojanasatikena vejayantarathena dakkhiṇasamuddassa matthakena palāyituṃ āraddho. Athassa ratho samuddapiṭṭhena vegena gacchanto simbalivanaṃ pakkhanto, tassa gamanamagge simbalivanaṃ naḷavanaṃ viya chijjitvā chijjitvā samuddapiṭṭhe patati. Supaṇṇapotakā samuddapiṭṭhe paripatantā mahāviravaṃ raviṃsu. Sakko mātaliṃ pucchi ‘‘samma mātali, kiṃ saddo nāmesa, atikāru˝˝aravo vattatī’’ti? ‘‘Deva, tumhākaṃ rathavegena vicuṇṇite simbalivane patante supaṇṇapotakā maraṇabhayatajjitā ekaviravaṃ viravantī’’ti.

Mahāsatto ‘‘samma mātali, mā amhe nissāya ete kilamantu, na mayaṃ issariyaṃ nissāya pāṇavadhakammaṃ karoma, etesaṃ pana atthāya mayaṃ jīvitaṃ pariccajitvā asurānaṃ dassāma, nivattayetaṃ ratha’’nti vatvā imaṃ gāthamāha –


‘‘Kulāvakā mātali simbalismiṃ, īsāmukhena parivajjayassu;

Kāmaṃ cajāma asuresu pāṇaṃ, māme dijā vikulāvā ahesu’’nti.

Tattha kulāvakāti supaṇṇapotakā. Mātalīti sārathiṃ āmantesi. Simbalisminti passa ete simbalirukkhe olambantā ṭhitāti dasseti. Īsāmukhena parivajjayassūti ete etassa rathassa īsāmukhena yathā na ha˝˝anti, evaṃ te parivajjayassu. Kāmaṃ cajāma asuresu pāṇanti yadi amhesu asurānaṃ pāṇaṃ cajantesu etesaṃ sotthi hoti, kāmaṃ cajāma ekaṃseneva mayaṃ asuresu amhākaṃ pāṇaṃ cajāma. Māme dijā vikulāvā ahesunti ime pana dijā ime garuḷapotakā viddhastavicuṇṇitakulāvakatāya vikulāvā mā ahesuṃ, mā amhākaṃ dukkhaṃ etesaṃ upari khipa, nivattaya nivattaya rathanti. Mātalisaṅgāhako tassa vacanaṃ sutvā rathaṃ nivattetvā a˝˝ena maggena devalokābhimukhaṃ akāsi. Asurā pana taṃ nivattayamānameva disvā ‘‘addhā a˝˝ehipi cakkavāḷehi sakkā āgacchanti, balaṃ labhitvā ratho nivatto bhavissatī’’ti maraṇabhayabhītā palāyitvā asurabhavanameva pavisiṃsu.

Sakkopi devanagaraṃ pavisitvā dvīsu devalokesu devagaṇena parivuto nagaramajjhe aṭṭhāsi. Tasmiṃ khaṇe pathaviṃ bhinditvā yojanasahassubbedho vejayantapāsādo uṭṭhahi. Vijayante uṭṭhitattā ‘‘vejayanto’’ tveva nāmaṃ akaṃsu. Atha sakko puna asurānaṃ anāgamanatthāya pa˝casu ṭhānesu ārakkhaṃ ṭhapesi. Yaṃ sandhāya vuttaṃ –

‘‘Antarā dvinnaṃ ayujjhapurānaṃ, pa˝cavidhā ṭhapitā abhirakkhā;

Uragakaroṭipayassa ca hārī, madanayutā caturo ca mahantā’’ti. (saṃ. ni. aṭṭha. 1.1.247);

Dve nagarānipi yuddhena gahetuṃ asakkuṇeyyatāya ayujjhapurāni nāma jātāni devanagara˝ca asuranagara˝ca. Yadā hi asurā balavantā honti, atha devehi palāyitvā devanagaraṃ pavisitvā dvāre pihite asurānaṃ satasahassampi ki˝ci kātuṃ na sakkoti. Yadā devā balavantā honti, atha asurehi palāyitvā asuranagaraṃ pavisitvā dvāre pihite sakkānaṃ satasahassampi ki˝ci kātuṃ na sakkoti. Iti imāni dve nagarāni ayujjhapurāni nāma. Tesaṃ antarā etesu uragādīsu pa˝casu ṭhānesu sakkena ārakkhā ṭhapitā. Tattha uraga-saddena nāgā gahitā. Te udake balavantā honti, tasmā sinerussa paṭhamālinde tesaṃ ārakkhā. Karoṭi-saddena supaṇṇā gahitā. Tesaṃ kira karoṭi nāma pānabhojanaṃ, tena taṃ nāmaṃ labhiṃsu, dutiyālinde tesaṃ ārakkhā. Payassahāri-saddena kumbhaṇḍā gahitā. Dānavarakkhasā kirete, tatiyālinde tesaṃ ārakkhā. Madanayuta-saddena yakkhā gahitā. Visamacārino kira te yuddhasoṇḍā, catutthālinde tesaṃ ārakkhā. Caturo ca mahantāti cattāro mahārājāno vuttā, pa˝camālinde tesaṃ ārakkhā. Tasmā yadi asurā kupitā āvilacittā devapuraṃ upayanti, pa˝cavidhesu yaṃ girino paṭhamaṃ paribhaṇḍaṃ, taṃ uragā paribāhiya tiṭṭhanti. Evaṃ sesesu sesā.

Imesu pana pa˝casu ṭhānesu ārakkhaṃ ṭhapetvā sakke devānaminde dibbasampattiṃ anubhavamāne sudhammā cavitvā tasseva pādaparicārikā hutvā nibbatti, kaṇṇikāya dinnanissandena cassā pa˝cayojanasatikā sudhammā nāma devasabhā udapādi, yattha dibbasetacchattassa heṭṭhā yojanappamāṇe ka˝canapallaṅke nisinno sakko devānamindo devamanussānaṃ kattabbakiccāni karoti. Cittāpi cavitvā tasseva pādaparicārikā hutvā nibbatti, uyyānassa karaṇanissandena cassā cittalatāvanaṃ nāma uyyānaṃ udapādi. Nandāpi cavitvā tasseva pādaparicārikā hutvā nibbatti, pokkharaṇiyā nissandena cassā nandā nāma pokkharaṇī udapādi.

Sujā pana kusalakammassa akatattā ekasmiṃ ara˝˝e kandarāya bakasakuṇikā hutvā nibbattā. Sakko ‘‘sujā na pa˝˝āyati, kattha nu kho nibbattā’’ti āvajjento taṃ disvā tattha gantvā taṃ ādāya devalokaṃ āgantvā tassā ramaṇīyaṃ devanagaraṃ sudhammaṃ devasabhaṃ cittalatāvanaṃ nandāpokkharaṇi˝ca dassetvā ‘‘etā kusalaṃ katvā mayhaṃ pādaparicārikā hutvā nibbattā, tvaṃ pana kusalaṃ akatvā tiracchānayoniyaṃ nibbattā , ito paṭṭhāya sīlaṃ rakkhāhī’’ti taṃ ovaditvā pa˝casu sīlesu patiṭṭhāpetvā tattheva netvā vissajjesi. Sāpi tato paṭṭhāya sīlaṃ rakkhati. Sakko katipāhaccayena ‘‘sakkā nu kho sīlaṃ rakkhitu’’nti gantvā maccharūpena uttāno hutvā purato nipajji, sā ‘‘matamacchako’’ti sa˝˝āya sīse aggahesi, maccho naṅguṭṭhaṃ cālesi, atha naṃ ‘‘jīvati ma˝˝e’’ti vissajjesi. Sakko ‘‘sādhu sādhu, sakkhissasi sīlaṃ rakkhitu’’nti agamāsi. Sā tato cutā bārāṇasiyaṃ kumbhakāragehe nibbatti.

Sakko ‘‘kahaṃ nu kho nibbattā’’ti tattha nibbattabhāvaṃ ˝atvā suvaṇṇaeḷālukānaṃ yānakaṃ pūretvā majjhe gāmassa mahallakavesena nisīditvā ‘‘eḷālukāni gaṇhatha, eḷālukāni gaṇhathā’’ti ugghosesi. Manussā āgantvā ‘‘dehi, tātā’’ti āhaṃsu. ‘‘Ahaṃ sīlarakkhakānaṃ dammi, tumhe sīlaṃ rakkhathā’’ti? ‘‘Mayaṃ sīlaṃ nāma na jānāma, mūlena dehī’’ti. ‘‘Na mayhaṃ mūlena attho, sīlarakkhakāna˝˝evāhaṃ dammī’’ti. Manussā ‘‘ko cāyaṃ eḷāluko’’ti pakkamiṃsu. Sujā taṃ pavattiṃ sutvā ‘‘mayhaṃ ānītaṃ bhavissatī’’ti cintetvā gantvā taṃ ‘‘dehi, tātā’’ti āha. ‘‘Sīlaṃ rakkhasi, ammā’’ti? ‘‘Āma, rakkhāmī’’ti. ‘‘Idaṃ mayā tuyhameva atthāya ābhata’’nti saddhiṃ yānakena gehadvāre ṭhapetvā pakkāmi.

Sāpi yāvajīvaṃ sīlaṃ rakkhitvā tato cutā vepacittissa asurindassa dhītā hutvā nibbatti, sīlānisaṃsena abhirūpā ahosi. So tassā vayappattakāle ‘‘mayhaṃ dhītā attano cittarucitaṃ sāmikaṃ gaṇhatū’’ti asure sannipātesi . Sakko ‘‘kahaṃ nu kho sā nibbattā’’ti olokento tattha nibbattabhāvaṃ ˝atvā ‘‘sujā cittarucitaṃ sāmikaṃ gaṇhantī maṃ gaṇhissatī’’ti asuravaṇṇaṃ māpetvā tattha agamāsi. Sujaṃ alaṅkaritvā sannipātaṭṭhānaṃ ānetvā ‘‘cittarucitaṃ sāmikaṃ gaṇhā’’ti āhaṃsu. Sā olokentī sakkaṃ disvā pubbepi sinehavasena uppannapemena mahoghena viya ajjhotthaṭahadayā hutvā ‘‘ayaṃ me sāmiko’’ti vatvā tassa upari pupphadāmaṃ khipitvā aggahesi. Asurā ‘‘amhākaṃ rājā ettakaṃ kālaṃ dhītu anucchavikaṃ alabhitvā idāni labhati , ayamevassā dhītu pitāmahato mahallako anucchaviko’’ti lajjamānā pakkamiṃsu. So taṃ devanagaraṃ ānetvā aḍḍhateyyānaṃ nāṭikākoṭīnaṃ jeṭṭhikaṃ katvā yāvatāyukaṃ ṭhatvā yathākammaṃ gato.

Satthā imaṃ dhammadesanaṃ āharitvā ‘‘evaṃ bhikkhu pubbe paṇḍitā devanagare rajjaṃ kārayamānā attano jīvitaṃ pariccajantāpi pāṇātipātaṃ na kariṃsu, tvaṃ nāma evarūpe niyyānike sāsane pabbajitvā aparissāvitaṃ sapāṇakaṃ udakaṃ pivissasī’’ti taṃ bhikkhuṃ garahitvā anusandhiṃ ghaṭetvā jātakaṃ samodhānesi – ‘‘tadā mātalisaṅgāhako ānando ahosi, sakko pana ahameva ahosi’’nti.

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