Aparanta½ vig±hitv±, yonako dhammarakkhito;
aggikkhandhopamenettha, pas±desi jane bah³ti.
Mah±dhammarakkhitatthero pana mah±raµµha½ gantv± mah±n±radakassapaj±takakath±ya mah±raµµhake pas±detv± catur±s²ti p±ºasahass±ni maggaphalesu patiµµh±pesi. Terasasahass±ni pabbaji½su. Eva½ so tattha s±sana½ patiµµh±pesi.
Mah±raµµha½ isi gantv±, so mah±dhammarakkhito;
j±taka½ kathayitv±na, pas±desi mah±jananti.
Mah±rakkhitattheropi yonakaraµµha½ gantv± k±¼ak±r±masuttantakath±ya yonakaloka½ pas±detv± sattatisahass±dhikassa p±ºasatasahassassa maggaphal±laªk±ra½ ad±si. Santike cassa dasasahass±ni pabbaji½su. Eva½ sopi tattha s±sana½ patiµµh±pesi.
Yonaraµµha½ tad± gantv±, so mah±rakkhito isi;
k±¼ak±r±masuttena te pas±desi yonaketi.
Majjhimatthero pana kassapagottattherena a¼akadevattherena dundubhissarattherena mah±devattherena ca saddhi½ himavantadesabh±ga½ gantv± dhammacakkappavattanasuttantakath±ya ta½ desa½ pas±detv± as²tip±ºakoµiyo maggaphalaratan±ni paµil±bhesi. Pañcapi ca ther± pañca raµµh±ni pas±desu½. Ekamekassa santike satasahassamatt± pabbaji½su. Eva½ te tattha s±sana½ patiµµh±pesu½.
Gantv±na majjhimatthero, himavanta½ pas±dayi;
yakkhasena½ pak±sento, dhammacakkapavattananti.
Soºattheropi saddhi½ uttarattherena suvaººabh³mi½ agam±si. Tena ca samayena tattha ek± rakkhas² samuddato nikkhamitv± r±jakule j±te j±te d±rake kh±dati. Ta½divasameva ca r±jakule eko d±rako j±to hoti. Manuss± thera½ disv± “rakkhas±na½ sah±yako eso”ti maññam±n± ±vudh±ni gahetv± thera½ paharituk±m± ±gacchanti. Thero “ki½ tumhe ±vudhahatth± ±gacchath±”ti ±ha. Te ±ha½su– “r±jakule j±te j±te d±rake rakkhas± kh±danti, tesa½ tumhe sah±yak±”ti. Thero “na maya½ rakkhas±na½ sah±yak±, samaº± n±ma maya½ virat± p±º±tip±t±…pe… virat± majjap±n± ekabhattik± s²lavanto kaly±ºadhamm±”ti ±ha. Tasmi½yeva ca khaºe s± rakkhas² sapariv±r± samuddato nikkhami “r±jakule d±rako j±to ta½ kh±diss±m²”ti. Manuss± ta½ disv± “es±, bhante, rakkhas² ±gacchat²”ti bh²t± viravi½su. Thero rakkhasehi diguºe attabh±ve nimminitv± tehi attabh±vehi ta½ rakkhasi½ saparisa½ majjhe katv± ubhosu passesu parikkhipi Tass± saparis±ya etadahosi– “addh± imehi ida½ µh±na½ laddha½ bhavissati. Maya½ pana imesa½ bhakkh± bhaviss±m±”ti. Sabbe rakkhas± bh²t± vegas± pal±yi½su. Theropi te y±va adassana½ t±va pal±petv± d²passa samantato rakkha½ µhapesi. Tasmiñca samaye sannipatita½ mah±janak±ya½ brahmaj±lasuttantakath±ya pas±detv± saraºesu ca s²lesu ca patiµµh±pesi. Saµµhisahass±na½ panettha dhamm±bhisamayo ahosi. Kulad±rak±na½ a¹¹hu¹¹h±ni sahass±ni pabbaji½su, kuladh²t±na½ diya¹¹hasahassa½. Eva½ so tattha s±sana½ patiµµh±pesi. Tato pabhuti r±jakule j±tad±rak±na½ soºuttaran±mameva karonti.
Suvaººabh³mi½ gantv±na, soºuttar± mahiddhik±;
pis±ce niddhametv±na, brahmaj±la½ adesisunti.
Mahindatthero pana “tambapaººid²pa½ gantv± s±sana½ patiµµh±peh²”ti upajjh±yena ca bhikkhusaªghena ca ajjhiµµho cintesi– “k±lo nu kho me tambapaººid²pa½ gantu½ no”ti. Athassa v²ma½sato “na t±va k±lo”ti ahosi. Ki½ panassa disv± etadahosi? Muµasivarañño mahallakabh±va½. Tato cintesi– “aya½ r±j± mahallako, na sakk± ima½ gaºhitv± s±sana½ paggahetu½. Id±ni panassa putto dev±na½piyatisso rajja½ k±ressati. Ta½ gaºhitv± sakk± bhavissati s±sana½ paggahetu½. Handa y±va so samayo ±gacchati, t±va ñ±take olokema. Puna d±ni maya½ ima½ janapada½ ±gaccheyy±ma v± na v±”ti. So eva½ cintetv± upajjh±yañca bhikkhusaªghañca vanditv± asok±r±mato nikkhamma tehi iµµiy±d²hi cat³hi therehi saªghamitt±ya puttena sumanas±maºerena bhaº¹ukena ca up±sakena saddhi½ r±jagahanagaraparivattakena dakkhiº±girijanapade c±rika½ caram±no ñ±take olokento cha m±se atikk±mesi. Ath±nupubbena m±tu nivesanaµµh±na½ vedisanagara½ n±ma sampatto. Asoko kira kum±rak±le janapada½ labhitv± ujjeni½ gacchanto vedisanagara½ patv± vedisaseµµhissa dh²tara½ aggahesi. S± ta½divasameva gabbha½ gaºhitv± ujjeniya½ mahindakum±ra½ vij±yi. Kum±rassa cuddasavassak±le r±j± abhiseka½ p±puºi. S± tassa m±t± tena samayena ñ±tighare vasati. Tena vutta½– “ath±nupubbena m±tu nivesanaµµh±na½ veµisanagara½ n±ma sampatto”ti.
Sampattañca pana thera½ disv± theram±t± dev² p±desu siras± vanditv± bhikkha½ datv± thera½ attan± kata½ vedisagirimah±vih±ra½ n±ma ±ropesi. Thero tasmi½ vih±re nisinno cintesi– “amh±ka½ idha kattabbakicca½ niµµhita½, samayo nu kho id±ni laªk±d²pa½ gantun”ti. Tato cintesi– “anubhavatu t±va me pitar± pesita½ abhiseka½ dev±na½piyatisso, ratanattayaguºañca suº±tu, chaºatthañca nagarato nikkhamitv± missakapabbata½ abhiruhatu, tad± ta½ tattha dakkhiss±m±”ti. Ath±para½ ekam±sa½ tattheva v±sa½ kappesi. M±s±tikkamena ca jeµµham³lam±sapuººam±ya½ uposathadivase sannipatit± sabbepi– “k±lo nu kho amh±ka½ tambapaººid²pa½ gaman±ya, ud±hu no”ti mantayi½su. Ten±hu por±º±–
“Mahindo n±ma n±mena, saªghatthero tad± ahu;
iµµiyo uttiyo thero, bhaddas±lo ca sambalo.
“S±maºero ca sumano, cha¼abhiñño mahiddhiko;
bhaº¹uko sattamo tesa½, diµµhasacco up±sako;
iti hete mah±n±g±, mantayi½su rahogat±”ti.
Tad± sakko dev±namindo mahindatthera½ upasaªkamitv± etadavoca– “k±laªkato, bhante, muµasivar±j±; id±ni dev±na½piyatissamah±r±j± rajja½ k±reti. Samm±sambuddhena ca tumhe by±kat±– ‘an±gate mahindo n±ma bhikkhu tambapaººid²pa½ pas±dessat²’ti. Tasm±tiha vo, bhante, k±lo d²pavara½ gaman±ya; ahampi vo sah±yo bhaviss±m²”ti. Kasm± pana sakko evam±ha? Bhagav± kirassa bodhim³leyeva buddhacakkhun± loka½ voloketv± an±gate imassa d²passa sampatti½ disv± etamattha½ ±rocesi– “tad± tvampi sah±yo bhaveyy±s²”ti ca ±º±pesi. Tasm± evam±ha. Thero tassa vacana½ sampaµicchitv± attasattamo veµisakapabbat± veh±sa½ uppatitv± anur±dhapurassa puratthimadis±ya missakapabbate patiµµhahi. Ya½ panetarahi “cetiyapabbato”tipi sañj±nanti. Ten±hu por±º±–
“Veµisagirimhi r±jagahe, vasitv± ti½sarattiyo;
k±lova gamanass±ti, gacch±ma d²pamuttama½.
“Pa¼²n± jambud²p± te, ha½sar±j±va ambare;
evamuppatit± ther±, nipati½su naguttame.
“Purato puraseµµhassa, pabbate meghasannibhe;
pati½su s²lak³µamhi, ha½s±va nagamuddhan²”ti.
Eva½ iµµiy±d²hi saddhi½ ±gantv± patiµµhahanto ca ±yasm± mahindatthero samm±sambuddhassa parinibb±nato dvinna½ vassasat±na½ upari chatti½satime vasse imasmi½ d²pe patiµµhah²ti veditabbo. Aj±tasattussa hi aµµhame vasse samm±sambuddho parinibb±yi. Tasmi½yeva vasse s²hakum±rassa putto tambapaººid²passa ±dir±j± vijayakum±ro ima½ d²pam±gantv± manuss±v±sa½ ak±si. Jambud²pe udayabhaddassa cuddasame vasse idha vijayo k±lamak±si. Udayabhaddassa pañcadasame vasse paº¹uv±sudevo n±ma imasmi½ d²pe rajja½ p±puºi. Tattha n±gad±sakarañño v²satime vasse idha paº¹uv±sudevo k±lamak±si. Tasmi½yeva ca vasse abhayo n±ma r±jakum±ro imasmi½ d²pe rajja½ p±puºi. Tattha susun±garañño sattarasame vasse idha abhayarañño v²sativass±ni parip³ri½su. Atha abhayassa v²satime vasse paº¹uk±bhayo n±ma d±mariko rajja½ aggahesi. Tattha k±¼±sokassa so¼asame vasse idha paº¹ukassa sattarasavass±ni parip³ri½su. T±ni heµµh± ekena vassena saha aµµh±rasa honti. Tattha candaguttassa cuddasame vasse idha paº¹uk±bhayo k±lamak±si. Muµasivar±j± rajja½ p±puºi. Tattha asokadhammar±jassa sattarasame vasse idha muµasivar±j± k±lamak±si. Dev±nampiyatisso rajja½ p±puºi. Parinibbute ca samm±sambuddhe aj±tasattu catuv²sati vass±ni rajja½ k±resi. Udayabhaddo so¼asa, anuruddho ca muº¹o ca aµµha, n±gad±sako catuv²sati, susun±go aµµh±rasa, tasseva putto k±¼±soko aµµhav²sati, tato tassa puttak± dasa bh±tukar±j±no dvev²sati vass±ni rajja½ k±resu½. Tesa½ pacchato nava nand± dvev²satimeva, candagutto catuv²sati, bindus±ro aµµhav²sati Tass±vas±ne asoko rajja½ p±puºi. Tassa pure abhisek± catt±ri abhisekato aµµh±rasame vasse imasmi½ d²pe mahindatthero patiµµhito. Evametena r±java½s±nus±rena veditabbameta½– “samm±sambuddhassa parinibb±nato dvinna½ vassasat±na½ upari chatti½satime vasse imasmi½ d²pe patiµµhah²”ti.
Tasmiñca divase tambapaººid²pe jeµµham³lanakkhatta½ n±ma hoti. R±j± nakkhatta½ ghos±petv± “chaºa½ karoth±”ti amacce ca ±º±petv± catt±l²sapurisasahassapariv±ro nagaramh± nikkhamitv± yena missakapabbato tena p±y±si migava½ k²¼ituk±mo. Atha tasmi½ pabbate adhivatth± ek± devat± “rañño there dassess±m²”ti rohitamigar³pa½ gahetv± avid³re tiºapaºº±ni kh±dam±n± viya carati. R±j± ta½ disv± “ayutta½ d±ni pamatta½ vijjhitun”ti jiya½ phoµesi. Migo ambatthalamagga½ gahetv± pal±yitu½ ±rabhi. R±j± piµµhito piµµhito anubandhanto ambatthalameva abhiruhi. Migopi ther±na½ avid³re antaradh±yi. Mahindatthero r±j±na½ avid³re ±gacchanta½ disv± “mama½yeva r±j± passatu, m± itare”ti adhiµµhahitv± “tissa, tissa, ito eh²”ti ±ha. R±j± sutv± cintesi– “imasmi½ d²pe j±to ma½ ‘tiss±’ti n±ma½ gahetv± ±lapitu½ samattho n±ma natthi. Aya½ pana chinnabhinnapaµadharo bhaº¹u k±s±vavasano ma½ n±mena ±lapati, ko nu kho aya½ bhavissati manusso v± amanusso v±”ti? Thero ±ha–
“Samaº± maya½ mah±r±ja, dhammar±jassa s±vak±;
taveva anukamp±ya, jambud²p± idh±gat±”ti.
Tena ca samayena dev±nampiyatissamah±r±j± ca asokadhammar±j± ca adiµµhasah±yak± honti. Dev±nampiyatissamah±r±jassa ca puññ±nubh±vena ch±tapabbatap±de ekamhi ve¼ugumbe tisso ve¼uyaµµhiyo rathayaµµhippam±º± uppajji½su– ek± lat±yaµµhi n±ma, ek± pupphayaµµhi n±ma, ek± sakuºayaµµhi n±ma. T±su lat±yaµµhi rajatavaºº± hoti, ta½ alaªkaritv± uppannalat± kañcanavaºº± kh±yati. Pupphayaµµhiya½ pana n²lap²talohitod±tak±¼avaºº±ni pupph±ni suvibhattavaºµapattakiñjakkh±ni hutv± kh±yanti. Sakuºayaµµhiya½ ha½sakukkuµaj²vaj²vak±dayo sakuº± n±nappak±r±ni ca catuppad±ni saj²v±ni viya kh±yanti. Vuttampi ceta½ d²pava½se
“Ch±tapabbatap±damhi ve¼uyaµµh² tayo ahu;
set± rajatayaµµh²va, lat± kañcanasannibh±.