“N²l±di y±disa½ puppha½, pupphayaµµhimhi t±disa½;
sakuº± sakuºayaµµhimhi, sar³peneva saºµhit±”ti.
Samuddatopissa mutt±maºive¼uriy±di anekavihita½ ratana½ uppajji. Tambapaººiya½ pana aµµha mutt± uppajji½su– hayamutt±, gajamutt±, rathamutt±, ±malakamutt±, valayamutt±, aªguliveµhakamutt±, kakudhaphalamutt±, p±katikamutt±ti. So t± ca yaµµhiyo t± ca mutt± aññañca bahu½ ratana½ asokassa dhammarañño paºº±k±ratth±ya pesesi. Asoko pas²ditv± tassa pañca r±jakakudhabhaº¹±ni pahiºi– chatta½, c±mara½, khagga½, mo¼i½, ratanap±duka½, aññañca abhisekatth±ya bahuvidha½ paºº±k±ra½; seyyathida½– saªkha½, gaªgodaka½, va¹¹ham±na½, vaµa½saka½, bhiªg±ra½, nandiy±vaµµa½, sivika½, kañña½, kaµacchu½, adhovima½ dussayuga½, hatthapuñchana½, haricandana½, aruºavaººamattika½, añjana½, har²taka½, ±malakanti. Vuttampi ceta½ d²pava½se
“V±lab²janimuºh²sa½, chatta½ khaggañca p±duka½;
veµhana½ s±rap±maªga½, bhiªg±ra½ nandivaµµaka½.
“Sivika½ saªkha½ vaµa½sañca, adhovima½ vatthakoµika½;
sovaººap±ti½ kaµacchu½, mahaggha½ hatthapuñchana½.
“Anotattodaka½ kañña½, uttama½ haricandana½;
aruºavaººamattika½ añjana½ n±gam±haµa½.
“Har²taka½ ±malaka½, mahaggha½ amatosadha½;
saµµhiv±hasata½ s±li½, sugandha½ suvak±haµa½;
puññakamm±bhinibbatta½, p±hesi asokavhayo”ti.
Na kevalañceta½ ±misapaºº±k±ra½, ima½ kira dhammapaºº±k±rampi pesesi–
“Aha½ buddhañca dhammañca, saªghañca saraºa½ gato;
up±sakatta½ desesi½, sakyaputtassa s±sane.
“Imesu t²su vatth³su, uttame jinas±sane;
tvampi citta½ pas±dehi, saddh± saraºamupeh²”ti.

Sv±ya½ r±j± ta½ divasa½ asokaraññ± pesitena abhisekena ekam±s±bhisitto hoti.

Vis±khapuººam±ya½ hissa abhisekamaka½su. So acirassuta½– ta½ s±sanappavatti½ anussaram±no ta½ therassa “samaº± maya½ mah±r±ja dhammar±jassa s±vak±”ti vacana½ sutv± “ayy± nu kho ±gat±”ti t±vadeva ±vudha½ nikkhipitv± ekamanta½ nis²di sammodan²ya½ katha½ kathayam±no. Yath±ha–
“¾vudha½ nikkhipitv±na, ekamanta½ up±visi;
nisajja r±j± sammodi, bahu½ atth³pasañhitan”ti.
Sammodan²yakathañca kurum±neyeva tasmi½ t±nipi catt±l²sapurisasahass±ni ±gantv± sampariv±resu½. Tad± thero itarepi cha jane dassesi. R±j± disv± “ime kad± ±gat±”ti ±ha “May± saddhi½yeva, mah±r±j±”ti. “Id±ni pana jambud²pe aññepi evar³p± samaº± sant²”ti? “Santi, mah±r±ja; etarahi jambud²po k±s±vapajjoto isiv±tapaµiv±to. Tasmi½–
“Tevijj± iddhipatt± ca, cetopariy±yakovid±;
kh²º±sav± arahanto, bah³ buddhassa s±vak±ti.
“Bhante, kena ±gatatth±”ti? “Neva, mah±r±ja, udakena na thalen±”ti. “R±j± ±k±sena ±gat±”ti aññ±si. Thero “atthi nu kho rañño paññ±veyattiyan”ti v²ma½sanatth±ya ±sanna½ ambarukkha½ ±rabbha pañha½ pucchi– “ki½ n±mo aya½, mah±r±ja, rukkho”ti? “Ambarukkho n±ma, bhante”ti. “Ima½ pana, mah±r±ja, amba½ muñcitv± añño ambo atthi, natth²”ti? “Atthi, bhante, aññepi bah³ ambarukkh±”ti. “Imañca amba½ te ca ambe muñcitv± atthi nu kho, mah±r±ja, aññe rukkh±”ti? “Atthi, bhante, te pana na ambarukkh±”ti. “Aññe ambe ca anambe ca muñcitv± atthi pana añño rukkho”ti? “Ayameva, bhante, ambarukkho”ti. “S±dhu, mah±r±ja, paº¹itosi. Atthi pana te, mah±r±ja, ñ±tak±”ti? “Atthi, bhante, bah³ jan±”ti. “Te muñcitv± aññe keci aññ±tak±pi atthi, mah±r±j±”ti? “Aññ±tak±, bhante, ñ±takehi bahutar±”ti. “Tava ñ±take ca aññ±take ca muñcitv± atthañño koci, mah±r±j±”ti “Ahameva, aññ±tako”ti. Atha thero “paº¹ito r±j± sakkhissati dhamma½ aññ±tun”ti c³¼ahatthipadopamasutta½ kathesi. Kath±pariyos±ne r±j± t²su saraºesu patiµµhahi saddhi½ catt±l²s±ya p±ºasahassehi.
Ta½ khaºaññeva ca rañño bhatta½ ±hariyittha R±j± ca suttanta½ suºanto eva aññ±si– “na imesa½ imasmi½ k±le bhojana½ kappat²”ti. “Apucchitv± pana bhuñjitu½ ayuttan”ti cintetv± “bhuñjissatha, bhante”ti pucchi. “Na, mah±r±ja, amh±ka½ imasmi½ k±le bhojana½ kappat²”ti. “Kasmi½ k±le, bhante, kappat²”ti? “Aruºuggamanato paµµh±ya y±va majjhanhikasamay±, mah±r±j±”ti. “Gacch±ma, bhante, nagaran”ti? “Ala½, mah±r±ja, idheva vasiss±m±”ti. “Sace, bhante, tumhe vasatha, aya½ d±rako ±gacchat³”ti. “Mah±r±ja, aya½ d±rako ±gataphalo viññ±tas±sano pabbajj±pekkho id±ni pabbajissat²”ti. R±j± “tena hi, bhante, sve ratha½ pesess±mi; ta½ abhiruhitv± ±gaccheyy±th±”ti vatv± vanditv± pakk±mi.
Thero acirapakkantassa rañño sumanas±maºera½ ±mantesi– “ehi tva½, sumana, dhammasavanassa k±la½ ghoseh²”ti. “Bhante, kittaka½ µh±na½ s±vento ghosem²”ti? “Sakala½ tambapaººid²pan”ti. “S±dhu, bhante”ti s±maºero abhiññ±p±daka½ catutthajjh±na½ sam±pajjitv± vuµµh±ya adhiµµhahitv± sam±hitena cittena sakala½ tambapaººid²pa½ s±vento tikkhattu½ dhammasavanassa k±la½ ghosesi. R±j± ta½ sadda½ sutv± ther±na½ santika½ pesesi– “ki½, bhante, atthi koci upaddavo”ti. “Natthamh±ka½ koci upaddavo, dhammasavanassa k±la½ ghos±payimha buddhavacana½ kathetuk±mamh±”ti Tañca pana s±maºerassa sadda½ sutv± bhumm± devat± saddamanuss±vesu½. Etenup±yena y±va brahmalok± saddo abbhuggacchi. Tena saddena mah± devat±sannip±to ahosi. Thero mahanta½ devat±sannip±ta½ disv± samacittasuttanta½ kathesi. Kath±pariyos±ne asaªkhyeyy±na½ devat±na½ dhamm±bhisamayo ahosi. Bah³ n±g± ca supaºº± ca saraºesu patiµµhahi½su. Y±disova s±riputtattherassa ima½ suttanta½ kathayato devat±sannip±to ahosi, t±diso mahindattherass±pi j±to. Atha tass± rattiy± accayena r±j± ther±na½ ratha½ pesesi. S±rath² ratha½ ekamante µhapetv± ther±na½ ±rocesi– “±gato, bhante, ratho; abhiruhatha gacchiss±m±”ti. Ther± “na maya½ ratha½ abhiruh±ma; gaccha tva½, pacch± maya½ ±gacchiss±m±”ti vatv± veh±sa½ abbhuggantv± anur±dhapurassa puratthimadis±ya½ paµhamakacetiyaµµh±ne otari½su. Tañhi cetiya½ therehi paµhama½ otiººaµµh±ne katatt±yeva “paµhamakacetiyan”ti vuccati.
R±j±pi s±rathi½ pesetv± “antonivesane maº¹apa½ paµiy±deth±”ti amacce ±º±pesi. T±vadeva sabbe haµµhatuµµh± ativiya p±s±dika½ maº¹apa½ paµiy±desu½. Puna r±j± cintesi– “hiyyo thero s²lakkhandha½ kathayam±no ‘ucc±sayanamah±sayana½ na kappat²’ti ±ha; ‘nis²dissanti nu kho ayy± ±sanesu, na nis²dissant²”’ti? Tasseva½ cintayantasseva so s±rathi nagaradv±ra½ sampatto. Tato addasa there paµhamatara½ ±gantv± k±yabandhana½ bandhitv± c²vara½ p±rupante. Disv± ativiya pasannacitto hutv± ±gantv± rañño ±rocesi– “±gat±, deva, ther±”ti. R±j± “ratha½ ±r³¼h±”ti pucchi. “Na ±r³¼h±, deva, api ca mama pacchato nikkhamitv± paµhamatara½ ±gantv± p±c²nadv±re µhit±”ti. R±j± “rathampi n±bhir³hi½s³”ti sutv± “na d±ni ayy± ucc±sayanamah±sayana½ s±diyissant²”ti cintetv± “tena hi, bhaºe, ther±na½ bh³mattharaºasaªkhepena ±san±ni paññapeth±”ti vatv± paµipatha½ agam±si. Amacc± pathaviya½ taµµika½ paññapetv± upari kojavak±d²ni cittattharaº±ni paññapesu½. Upp±tap±µhak± disv± “gahit± d±ni imehi pathav², ime tambapaººid²passa s±mik± bhavissant²”ti by±kari½su. R±j±pi gantv± there vanditv± mahindattherassa hatthato patta½ gahetv± mahatiy± p³j±ya ca sakk±rena ca there nagara½ pavesetv± antonivesana½ pavesesi. Thero ±sanapaññatti½ disv± “amh±ka½ s±sana½ sakalalaªk±d²pe pathav² viya patthaµa½ niccalañca hutv± patiµµhahissat²”ti cintento nis²di. R±j± there paº²tena kh±dan²yena bhojan²yena sahatth± santappetv± sampav±retv± “anu¼±dev²pamukh±ni pañca itthisat±ni ther±na½ abhiv±dana½ p³j±sakk±rañca karont³”ti pakkos±petv± ekamanta½ nis²di. Thero bhattakicc±vas±ne rañño saparijanassa dhammaratanavassa½ vassento petavatthu½ vim±navatthu½ saccasa½yuttañca kathesi. Ta½ therassa dhammadesana½ sutv± t±ni pañcapi itthisat±ni sot±pattiphala½ sacch±ka½su.
Yepi te manuss± purimadivase missakapabbate there addasa½su, te tesu tesu µh±nesu ther±na½ guºe kathenti. Tesa½ sutv± mah±janak±yo r±jaªgaºe sannipatitv± mah±sadda½ ak±si. R±j± “ki½ eso saddo”ti pucchi. “N±gar±, deva, ‘there daµµhu½ na labh±m±’ti viravant²”ti. R±j± “sace idha pavisissanti, ok±so na bhavissat²”ti cintetv± “gacchatha, bhaºe, hatthis±la½ paµijaggitv± v±luka½ ±kiritv± pañcavaºº±ni pupph±ni vikiritv± celavit±na½ bandhitv± maªgalahatthiµµh±ne ther±na½ ±san±ni paññapeth±”ti ±ha. Amacc± tath± aka½su. Thero tattha gantv± nis²ditv± devad³tasuttanta½ kathesi. Kath±pariyos±ne p±ºasahassa½ sot±pattiphale patiµµhahi. Tato “hatthis±l± atisamb±dh±”ti dakkhiºadv±re nandanavanuyy±ne ±sana½ paññapesu½. Thero tattha nis²ditv± ±s²visopamasutta½ kathesi. Tampi sutv± p±ºasahassa½ sot±pattiphala½ paµilabhi.
Eva½ ±gatadivasato dutiyadivase a¹¹hateyyasahass±na½ dhamm±bhisamayo ahosi. Therassa nandanavane ±gat±gat±hi kulitth²hi kulasuºh±hi kulakum±r²hi saddhi½ sammodam±nasseva s±yanhasamayo j±to. Thero k±la½ sallakkhetv± “gacch±ma d±ni missakapabbatan”ti uµµhahi. Amacc±– “kattha, bhante, gacchath±”ti? “Amh±ka½ niv±sanaµµh±nan”ti. Te rañño sa½vidita½ katv± r±j±numatena ±ha½su– “ak±lo, bhante, id±ni tattha gantu½; idameva nandanavanuyy±na½ ayy±na½ ±v±saµµh±na½ hot³”ti. “Ala½, gacch±m±”ti. Puna rañño vacanen±ha½su– “r±j±, bhante, ±ha– ‘eta½ meghavana½ n±ma uyy±na½ mama pitu santaka½ nagarato n±tid³ra½ n±cc±sanna½ gaman±gamanasampanna½, ettha ther± v±sa½ kappent³”’ti. Vasi½su ther± meghavane uyy±ne.
R±j±pi kho tass± rattiy± accayena therassa sam²pa½ gantv± sukhasayitabh±va½ pucchitv± “kappati, bhante, bhikkhusaªghassa ±r±mo”ti pucchi. Thero “kappati, mah±r±j±”ti vatv± ima½ sutta½ ±hari– “anuj±n±mi, bhikkhave, ±r±man”ti. R±j± tuµµho suvaººabhiªg±ra½ gahetv± therassa hatthe udaka½ p±tetv± mah±meghavanuyy±na½ ad±si. Saha udakap±tena pathav² kampi. Aya½ mah±vih±re paµhamo pathav²kampo ahosi. R±j± bh²to thera½ pucchi– “kasm±, bhante, pathav² kampat²”ti? “M± bh±yi, mah±r±ja, imasmi½ d²pe dasabalassa s±sana½ patiµµhahissati; idañca paµhama½ vih±raµµh±na½ bhavissati, tasseta½ pubbanimittan”ti. R±j± bhiyyosomatt±ya pas²di. Thero punadivasepi r±jageheyeva bhuñjitv± nandanavane anamataggiy±ni kathesi. Punadivase aggikkhandhopamasutta½ kathesi. Etenevup±yena satta divas±ni kathesi. Desan±pariyos±ne a¹¹hanavam±na½ p±ºasahass±na½ dhamm±bhisamayo ahosi. Tato paµµh±ya ca nandanavana½ s±sanassa jotip±tubh±vaµµh±nanti katv± “jotivanan”ti n±ma½ labhi. Sattame pana divase ther± antepure rañño appam±dasutta½ kathayitv± cetiyagirimeva agama½su.