BUDDHA DHAMMA-KAKKA-PPAVATTANA SUTTA – II –

 

And when the royal chariot wheel of the truth had thus been set rolling onwards by the Blessed One, Gautama Buddha, the Devas of the Earth gave forth a shout, saying:

‘In Benares, at the hermitage of the Migadaya,  the supreme wheel of the Empire of Truth has been set rolling by Gautama Buddha, the Blessed One – that wheel which not by any Samana or Brahman, not by any Deva, not by any Brahma or Mara, not by any one in the universe can ever be turned back!’

And when they heard the shout of the Devas of the Earth, the attendant Devas of the four great kings (the guardian Devas of the four quarters of the planet Earth) gave forth a shout, saying:

‘In Benares, at the hermitage of the Migadaya, the supreme wheel of the Empire of Truth has been set rolling by Gautama Buddha, the Blessed One – that wheel which not by any Samana or Brahman, not by any Deva, not by any Brahma or Mara, not by any one in the universe, can ever be turned back!”

 And thus as the Devas in each of the heavens  heard the shout of the inhabitants of the heaven beneath, they took up the cry until the Devas in the highest heaven of heavens  gave forth the shout, saying:

 ”In Benares, at the hermitage of the Migadaya, the supreme wheel of the empire of Truth has set rolling by Gautama Buddha, the Blessed One – that wheel which not by any Samana or Brahman, not by any god, not by any Brahma or Mara, not by any one in the universe can ever be turned back!

 And thus, in an instant, a second, a moment, the sound went up even to the world of Brahma;  and this great ten-thousand-world-system quaked and trembled and was shaken violently, and an immeasurable bright light appeared in the universe, beyond even the power of the Devas.

 Then did the Blessed One give utterance to this exclamation of joy:  ‘Kondanna hath realised it.  Kondanna hath realised it.’  And so the Venerable Kondanna acquired the name of Annata-Kondanna, the Kondanna who realised.(*)

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 Foot-note:

(*) –  The Maha Vagga completes the narrative as follows:

‘And the Venerable Annata-Kondonna having seen the truth, having arrived at the truth, having known the truth, having penetrated the truth, having past beyond doubt, having laid aside uncertainty, having attained to confidence, and being dependent on no one beside himself for knowledge of the religion of the Teacher, spake thus to the Blessed One, Gautam Buddha: 

 “May I become, O my Lord, a novice under the Blessed One, may I receive full ordination!”

 ‘Welcome, O Brother!’  said the Blessed One, Gautama Buddha, ‘the truth has been well laid down.  Practice holiness to the complete suppresion of suffering!’.

 And that was the ordination of the Venerable One.

 The other four, Vappa, Bhaddiya, Mahanama and Assagi, were converted on the following days, according to the ‘Buddhist Birth Stories’.

 It is there also said that ‘myriades of the Devas had been converted simultaneously with Kondanya.’

 

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