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A PARABLE.

may be likened to those among the boys who have fled from the burning house prompted by the desire of getting a cart yoked with bullocks.

In the same manner, Sâriputra, as that man, on seeing his children escaped from the burning house and knowing them safely and happily rescued and out of danger, in the consciousness of his great wealth, gives the boys one single grand cart; so, too, Sâriputra, the Tathâgata, the Arhat, &c, on seeing many kotis of beings recovered[1] from the triple world, released from sorrow, fear, terror, and calamity, having escaped owing to the command of the Tathâgata, delivered from all fears, calamities, and difficulties, and having reached the bliss of Nirvâna, so, too, Sâriputra, the Tathâgata, the Arhat, &c, considering that he possesses great wealth of knowledge, power, and absence of hesitation, and that all beings are his children, leads them by no other vehicle but the Buddha- vehicle to full development[2]. But he does not teach a particular Nirvâna for each being; he causes all beings to reach complete Nirvâna by means of the complete Nirvâna of the Tathâgata. And those beings, Sâriputra, who are delivered from the triple world, to them the Tathâgata gives, as toys to amuse themselves with, the lofty pleasures of the Âryas, the pleasures


  1. Paripûrnân; in one MS. there is a second-hand reading, parimuktân. I suppose that paripûrna is the original reading, but that we have to take it in the sense of 'recovered, healed.'
  2. Time, Sîva or Vishnu ekapâd, the One-footed, who at the same time is tripâd, three-footed, leads all living beings to final rest. The Buddha-vehicle is the ratha ekakakra, the one-wheeled carriage, each wheel being trinâbhi, three-naved, as in Rig-veda I, 164, 2.
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