Friday, May 4, 2012

Maha Buddhavamsa - Liberation of Naked Ascetic Jambuka

Maha Buddhavamsa
The Great Chronicle of The Buddhas
by Tipitakadhara Mingun Sayadaw

Liberation of Naked Ascetic Jambuka

It is the practice of the Buddha who has attained Perfect
Enlightenment, watched the whole world at early morning to
check out who is ready to be free from the cycle of
suffering. Thus, in an early day, when the Buddha
is watching this world see Jambuka through His inner eyes;
after investigating further, he learned that
Jambuka has accumulated merit that enable him
to achieve Arahatta-Phala complete with four
Analytical Sciences (Patisambhida Nana); he also knew
that he must expound the couplet poem to the Naked Ascetic
Jambuka, and that teaching will also help to eighty
four thousand beings to penetrate the Four Noble Truths
and achieve liberation. "Because of this Jambuka, thousands of people
will obtain happiness. "Thus, after round
Rajagaha to collect alms, he tells
Venerable Ananda, "Ananda my son, I would go see
Jambuka. "

"The Great Buddha, will you go alone?" Said
Ananda. "Yes, Ananda. I will go alone, "replied the Tathagata
 and go to Jambuka's place that night.
Then the good gods consider, "Buddha
The Great will visit the Naked recluse Jambuka this
night, but the place of that naked ascetic is boulder
abominable and polluted by human waste and the smell is
unusual because the pile of human waste and urine. We
should wash that disgusting place with the rain. "
Thus with the supernatural powers they have, they
drop heavy rain soon, washing of all
dirt from that stone, making it neat and clean. Then the
gods rained down flowers of five colors above that stone.
Arriving at Jambuka that night, the Tathagata called
the naked hermit with his name 'Jambuka', which was
disrupted due to be called rude by a people

not known, he thought, must be only a low people. He answered
roughly, "Who is calling my name?" Tathagata replied:
"I am a noble recluse." Jambuka asked, "What
that you want here? "When the Tathagata replied," I
ask that you please show me a place to stay
one night only. "Jambuka replied," There is no place for thee
in here. "But Tathagata forcing, 'O Jambuka, please do not
say that; please provide Me a place to stay for
one night only. Is reasonable if a hermit asking for help
Another sage, man asking for help other human beings, and animals
request assistance of other animals. "Then the hermit bare
asked, "Are you really a hermit?" "Yes, I
 am a Noble recluse "said Tathagata. Jambuka then
asked doubtfully, "If you are a hermit, where's
Your equipment as a recluse, as the place of water, rock
fire, yarn for the sacrifice? "Tathagata replied," I
also has hermit equipment that you mentioned ; but
it is not practically carry it separately
while traveling, I carry it within me. "Jambuka
very upset and denounced the Buddha, "As a hermit,
how could you go without the equipment
required by a hermit? "Tathagata give answers
polite, "O Jambuka, please do not be angry with me. Show
Just the place for me. "But Jambuka replied harshly,
"There is no place for thee in the neighborhood."
There is a small gap near the Jambuka and Tathagata asked,
"Who lives here?" "No" replied Jambuka. "If
Thus, I ask that this place was given to me, "
Tathagata said. Furthermore Jambuka replied, "Whatever
to you to determine whether it was proper for thee
or not. "To say indirectly that he was not
objected to the placement of the place but also not be held
responsibility for whatever happens.
Tathagata put a cushion in the gap
then sit down. In the first watch that night, the four guardian deity
from the Gods Realm Catumaharajika come, illuminating the four quarters

and serve the Tathagata. Jambuka wonder what light it is.
In the second watch that night, Sakka, king of the gods came to
serve the Buddha, and Jambuka still amazed. In the last
watch of night, when Mahàbrahmà who have the power
illuminate the world with one finger, two worlds with two
fingers, ten worlds with ten fingers, came to serve
Tathagata lit up the whole forest, the more amazed Jambuka
as before, "Now, what light is it!"
In the morning, Jambuka went to the Tathagata and after each
greeted with courtesy, seated in the proper place and
asked the Tathagata, 'O great ascetic, who is
come to Thee, in illuminating the four corners of the first watch? "
"Jambuka, they are four guardian gods of the Realm of Gods
Catumaharajika " Tathagata answered. "Why did they come?" Said
Jambuka. "They came to pay homage and service-
Me, "replied the Tathagata. Jambuka ask again? "O great ascetic,
how is this, do you more noble than they? "
"Yes Jambuka, that's true, I am more noble than those" responsible
The naked ascetics Jambuka asked, "O great ascetic,
who came at second watch last night? '"He
is Sakka, king of the gods "the Tathagata. "And for what he
came? "asked Jambuka. "He came to salute and
serve me, "replied the Tathagata. Jambuka ask again? "O Great
ascetic, how is this, do thou also more noble than
Sakka?" "Yes Jambuka" Tathagata replied," I am more noble than
Sakka; Sakka is just like a waiter who served me
or a hermit candidate who guard me. "
The naked ascetics Jambuka asked, "O great ascetic,
who came in last night's last watch,
 flooded the forest with his light? '"Jambuka, he
who came in last night's last watch nothing more than a
Mahàbrahmà whose name is often called by the Brahmins
and others while saying 'I worship
Great Brahma 'when they suddenly sneeze or when they lose

balance and want to fall. Jambuka ask again? "O Great
ascetic, how is this, do thou also more noble than
Mahàbrahmà?" "Yes Jambuka "Tathagata replied," I am a king
of Brahmas, more noble than Mahàbrahmà too. "
Then recluse Jambuka say the bluff like
usual, "O great ascetic, You are worthy to be praised by
snapped his fingers. None of them has ever come
saluted me in this place where I train hard
for fifty-five years. Right! For fifty-five years
This last I only survive only from the air, and during
this, the gods, Sakka and Brahma had never come to me and
salute me. "
Furthermore Tathagata said to them plainly to Jambuka,
"O Jambuka, thou, who play nonsense words to those
a fool, thought to play the same game
with me! Do you not eat the dirt for five
the last twenty years, sleeping on the ground, traveling with
naked body, pull out your hair by using
coconut shells? But you lied to everyone,
told them "I live only from the air, standing
on one foot without sitting and without sleep, and now you
intends to play the same trick to a Buddha
which has been fully conscious like me! "
"O Jambuka, because you do pronounce the wrong words,
the basis for any view, you have to live off the dirt,
sleeping on the ground, traveling with the naked body, revoke
your hair with coconut shells (over the years have
severe pain), and have still adhered to this wrong view
and low. "
 Jambuka then asked Tathagata, "O great ascetic,
What crime have I done? "Then the Tathagata
explained to him in detail what he had done
in the past. When the Tathagata preaches the sermon,
Jambuka attacked by feelings of remorse, shame, and fear

due to his crimes in the past: he was very shaken
so he immediately squatted down to cover his body parts
that must be covered.
Furthermore, the Tathagata threw his robe.
He wore a robe and sit in the proper place
and bowing to the Buddha. Then the Tathagata expounded
sermon about charity, Dana Katha, moral conduct (Sila
Katha), and so on, and finally, the sermon on the Four
Noble Truths. At the end of the sermon, Jambuka reach
Arahatta sanctity complete with Four Wisdom Analytical,
Patisambhida Nana. He rose from his seat worship
Buddha and apply for ordination as
(Note: That is a result of the bad things he did
in the past have come to the last point. evil
action against Arahanta monk at the time of Buddha Kassapa ,
(As has been told before) he suffered
incredible, burn in hell Avici that the lowest, during the
period of time long enough for the earth to
growing as wide of ​​a Yojana and three gàvuta. And after that,
because the reply that he has not fully accepted, it remains to be
fined during the past fifty-five
year full of misfortune and bad life at all
in human life. After paying all
debt crimes, a result of his past crimes has
be extinguished).
Therefore, when Jambuka pleaded ordination, the Tathagata
stretched out his right hand and called, "Ehi bhikkhu
carabrahmacariyam samma dukkhassaantakiriyàya, come
Monks, (accept ordination that you ask) try
 underwent Three noble exercises that make up the moral training
under My guidance, to end the suffering. "Instantly
it also, Jambuka turned into a full monk
 like a senior Thera who has been a monk for
sixty years, the full-robed and carrying eight

On the day Jambuka attain Arahatta holiness, the residents of
Anga and Magadha came bearing gifts for him. When
they see the Tathagata, they wondered, "How's this?
Are our teachers Jambuka more noble than the recluse Gotama
or The recluse Gotama more noble than our teachers Jambuka? "
Then they wrongly assume that their teachers
Jambuka certainly more noble than the recluse Gotama as recluse
Gotama who visited the front of their teachers.
Tathagata knows what they think, and say
to Jambuka, "My child Jambuka, you may eliminate
doubt in the minds of the followers. "Jambuka replied,
"Venerable Buddha, I really mean it," and
after saying this he entered the fourth jhana. Then
floated up from his seat, climbed into the sky-high
coconut tree and from there he said to the Tathagata, "Buddha
The Great, Thou, Most High Buddha is my teacher; I
am just Your student. "Then he fell to the ground
and after bowing to the Buddha, rose again into the sky; he
repeat the demonstration seven times, and each time
flying higher than ever, as high as two coconut trees,
three palm trees, and so on up to seven palm trees.
In this way, he explained to the crowd
there that he was a student of the Buddha.
Seeing this strange event, people were amazed and said,
"O the Buddhas is to be commended with the flick of a finger;
they are truly noble, and no one ever match it. "
Tathagata, because he wanted to expound the Dhamma to that crowd
people, said:
"O householders, Jambuka have lived here for
fifty-five years of telling lies, "I practiced for
restrain appetite by eating only what is taken
by using a blade of grass from all the offerings
that you give. "Although he continued his training

restrain his appetite for a hundred years, and the number of merits
that collected. That merits were no 1/256 part of the merits that he
earn if he refused to eat anything today as
an Ariya, through doubt whether the food funded
and the time allowed or not allowed. Then
Tathagata expounded the Dhamma following poem related
with what he has to convey to the residents:
Mase Mase kusaggena
balo bhunjeyya bhojanam
na so sankhàtadhammànam
Kalan agghati solasim
Although, month after month (once every month) the fool (whose
not knowing the Four Noble Truths) live in hard
exercise, take food with just a blade of grass
for a hundred years: it is not worth the two-hundred-
fifty-sixth (1/256) part of an Ariya who has been
understand the Four Noble Truths.
This poem spoken in connection with certain individuals, namely
Jambuka. General explanation is:
(1) The existence of the will, cetanà, which appeared in a
fool hermit-wrong views whose train control
meal for a hundred years.
(2) The existence of the will, cetanà, which appeared in an
Ariya who understands the Four Noble Truths, refuse
alm food for doubt whether the food and the time
allowed or not allowed.
Of both types cetanà mentioned above, the cetanà
collected by the recluse holds one for a hundred
year are not comparable to 1/256 part of the cetanà
appear in a Noble who refused food because
 doubt on the food that funded and time.
Merits resulting from cetanà that arise because of doubt

of an Ariya recluses in connection with funded food and
time, which resulted in he is not eating at all, is
256 time  greater than the merits generated by a
wrong view sage through the practice of controlling the meal
for a hundred years.
At the end of the sermon, eighty-four thousand creatures
being freed from the cycle of suffering through the penetration
of Four Noble Truths.


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