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Source: Adapted from Archaic translation by Robert ChalmersEdit

JATAKA No. 134


"With conscious."--This story was told by the Master while at Jetavana monastery, about the interpretation by Sariputra, Captain of the Faith, at the gate of Samkassa town, of a problem which was briefly stated by the Master. And the following was the story of the past he then told.

Once upon a time when Brahmadatta was reigning in Benares, ..(&same as before) the Bodhisattva, as he expired in his forest-home, exclaimed, "Neither conscious nor unconscious." And the hermits did not believe the interpretation which the Bodhisattva's chief disciple gave of the Master's words. Back came the Bodhisattva from the Radiant Realm, and from mid-air recited this stanza:-

With conscious, with unconscious, too,
Dwells sorrow. Either ill avoid.
Pure bliss, from all corruption free,
Springs but from Insight's ecstacy (trance).

His lesson ended, the Bodhisattva praised his disciple and went back to the Brahma Realm(Upper Heaven). Then the rest of the hermits believed the chief disciple.

His lesson taught, the Master identified the Birth by saying, "In those days Sariputra was the chief disciple, and I Maha-Brahma."

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