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Adapted from the Translation by T. W. Rhys Davids and Hermann Oldenberg


MAHAVAGGA

FIRST KHANDHAKA(THE FORMATION OF THE ORDER OF BHIKKHUS)

Chapter-16 : Second Miracle-Four Heavenly Kings visit Buddha

1. And the Lord Buddha resided in a certain grove near the hermitage of the Jatila Uruvela Kassapa. And on a beautiful night the four Maharajas(great kings), filling the whole grove with light by the brilliancy of their complexion, went to the place where the Lord Buddha was; having approached him and respectfully saluted the Lord Buddha, they stood in the four directions like great firebrands.

2. And when that night had elapsed, the Jatila Uruvela Kassapa went to the place where the Lord Buddha was; having approached him, he said to the Lord Buddha: 'It is time, great Samana(Buddha), the meal is ready. Who were they, great Samana, who came, this beautiful night, filling the whole grove with light by the brilliancy of their complexion, to the place where you were, and having approached you and respectfully saluted you, stood in the four directions like great firebrands?'

'They were the four maharajas(great kings), Kassapa, who came to me in order to hear my preaching.'

Then the Jatila Uruvela Kassapa thought: 'Truly the great Samana(Buddha) possesses high magical powers and great faculties, since even the four maharajas(great kings) come to hear his preaching. He is not, however, holy like me.'

And the Lord Buddha ate the food offered by the Jatila Uruvela Kassapa, and continued to stay in that same grove.

End of the second Miracle.

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