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


THE MAHAVAGGA

FIRST KHANDHAKA(THE FORMATION OF THE ORDER OF BHIKKHUS)

Chapter-19 : Fifth miracle-Buddha Understands Thoughts of Kassapa.

1. At that time a great sacrifice which the Jatila Uruvela Kassapa used to celebrate was approaching, and all the people of Anga and Magadha wished to go to that sacrifice carrying abundant food, both hard and soft. Now the Jatila Uruvela Kassapa thought: 'Presently my great sacrifice is approaching, and all the people of Anga and Magadha will come and bring with them abundant food, both hard and soft. If the great Samana(Buddha) should perform a miracle before that great assembly, gain and honour would increase to the great Samana(Buddha), and my gain and honour would diminish. Well, the great Samana(Buddha) shall not appear here to-morrow.'

2. Then the Lord Buddha, understanding by the power of his mind this reflection which had arisen in the mind of the Jatila Uruvela Kassapa, went to Uttara Kuru; having begged alms there, he took the food (he had received) to the Anotatta lake; there he took his meal and rested during the heat of the day at the same place.

And when the 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. Why did you not come yesterday, great Samana(Buddha)? We have thought of you: "Why does the great Samana(Buddha) not come?" and your portions of food, both hard and soft, were served up for you.'

3. (Buddha replied): 'Did you not think, Kassapa: "Presently my great sacrifice (&c., as above down to:). Well, the great Samana(Buddha) shall not appear here tomorrow?"

4. 'Now I understood, Kassapa, by the power of my mind this reflection which had arisen in your mind, and I went to Uttara Kuru; having begged alms there, I took the food to the Anotatta lake; there I took my meal and rested during the heat of the day at the same place.'

Then the Jatila Uruvela Kassapa thought: 'Truly the great Samana(Buddha) possesses high magical powers and great faculties, since he is able to understand by the power of his mind the thoughts of other people. He is not, however, holy like me.' And the Lord Buddha ate (&c., as in chap. 16, 2).

End of the fifth Miracle.

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