Strong-Practice of Austerities

Strong-Practice of Austerities - The bodhisattva then...

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Unformatted text preview: The bodhisattva then declareD: "The faith of Udraka RAmaputra is also my faith. The deterMination, minDFulness, concentration, and wisdom oF Udraka RAmaptra are also my deterMination, mindfuLness concentra- tion and wisdom The dharmas that Udraka RAMaputra has realized up to the stage of neither perception nor nonperception, I wilL reaLize [The bodhisattva then FoLLoweD and completed all of Udraka's prac tices but he was not fulFilled by them either] This path too he de clared is not adequate for knowledge not adequate for seeing not d eqate For unsurpassed total enlightenment nd having thus determined that path to be insufficient the bodhi sattva went on The Practice of Austerities Now King Suddhodana, overcome by sorrow For his son, constantly sent out messengers to search For the bodhisattva In this way he LearneD that the bodhisattva had left Udraka RAmaputra Departed Ajagha anD was wanderi1g around without any attendants Having heard that, he sent three hundred servants to attend to him nd in the same royal city the SAkya 5uprabddha Queen AyAs father, heard the same news, and he sent two hundred servants 50 the bodhisattva surrounded by fve hun dred attendants wandered in the forest of asceticism oon he reflected welling in crowDs is no good for discipline in as cetic practices and is antithetical to the search For the deathless state Therefore I will retain Fve servants only and send the others away o he kept two from the maternaL side and three From the pateaL siDe and they attended to his needs Now, with his entorage of five attendants he went on a journey to the south of GayA to UrubilvA the vilage oF enApati here he found a lovey spot a grove of trees near the NairajanA River nd he sat himself firmly down at the base of a tree clenched his teeth placed the tip of his tonge on his palate and grabbed, gathered and pressed hard his thoughts with his mind nd he began to fast] s he gradally took smaller and smaller amounts of Food his backbone became Like a string of beads and his buttocks became like the foot of a camel Taking hold of his body froM the front, he found he held it at the back Taking hold of it from the back he Fond he held it in front He rubbed and stroked his body with his hands and where he did so his hairs readily fell off ]...
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