[III. The Miracles at Uruvelā]

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[35: The Island Miracle]

Then at that time a great cloud poured down out of season, and a great flood-water arose, and in that area where the Gracious One was living the (whole) place became submerged with water. Then this occurred to the Gracious One: “Now what if I, having risen above the water on all sides, were to walk (on an island) in the middle on dusty ground?” Then the Gracious One, having risen above the water on all sides, walked (on an island) in the middle of dusty ground.

Then the yogi Uruvelakassapa (thinking): ‘May the Great Ascetic not be carried away by water.’ with a boat and a great many yogis went to that place in the area where the Gracious One was living. The yogi Uruvelakassapa saw that the Gracious One, having risen above the water on all sides, was walking (on an island) in the middle of dusty ground, and after seeing (it), he said this to the Gracious One: “Are you here, Great Ascetic?” “It is I, Kassapa,” and after rising up into the sky, he reappeared in the boat.

Then this occurred to the yogi Uruvelakassapa: “Powerful and majestic is this Great Ascetic, since even the water cannot carry him away, but he is surely not a Worthy One like I am.”