The illustrated life of the Lord
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The Devās request the Bodhisatta
Heaven to descend and become a Buddha.
dreams a white elephant
enters her side during the conception.
and the Brahmin soothsayers examines
the newborn Bodhisatta.
The Seer Kāladevala
also called Asita
explains that the Bodhisatta
will become Buddha.
meditates during his father's plowing
uses his arching skills to win his future wife Yasodharā
sees the 4
signs: An old, sick & dead man and a calm wandering
observes his dancing girls & realizes the vanity and depravity
He decides to leave his wife
and newborn son Rāhula
and become a wandering recluse.
leaves his palace at night on his horse Kanthaka
followed by his driver Channa.
He crosses the river Anomā,
cuts his topknot, throws it up, where Sakka
then strives and starves himself for six years without result. The
5 leaves him.
The maiden Sujātā
offers the last milk-rice meal on the morning of his
throws the plate into the river Nera˝jarā,
Gaining the 6
higher powers he sees the rebirth
of beings and recalls all his prior
He is indifferent to the temptations of
3 daughters: Rāga,
Tanhā and Aratī.
Under the Ajapala-nigrodha banyan tree
Buddha spent a week cross-legged in Jhāna
The Mahābrahmā Sahampati
requests the Buddha
to open the doors to Deathlessness...
protects the fasting Buddha
in 3rd week after enlightenment.
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