[from V. The Third Recital]
[Tatiyasaṅgīti]

[King Asoka sees the Buddha]
331-338 = Mhv. 87-94

Athekadivasaṁ Rājā Catusambuddhadassinaṁ
kappāyukaṁ Mahākāḷaṁ Nāgarājaṁ mahiddhikaṁ [331]
suṇitvāna tam-ānetuṁ hemasaṅkhalibandhanaṁ. Mhv: soṇṇasaṅkhali-.02

One day, King (Asoka), having heard about the Nāga King Mahākāla, of great power, who had lived for an aeon and seen the Four Perfectly Awakened Ones, had him brought into his presence bound by golden chains.

Pesayitvā tam-ānetvā setacchattassa heṭṭhato [332]
pallaṅkamhi nisīdetvā, nānāpupphehi pūjiya,

After sending for and bringing him, and having him sit under the white canopy over the throne, he worshipped him with many flowers,

soḷasitthisahassehi parivāriya-m-abravi: [333]
and surrounded him with sixty thousand (dancing) women, and said:

“Saddhammacakkavattissa Sabbaññussa Mahesino
rūpaṁ anantañāṇassa dassehi mama Bho.” iti [334]

“Show me the form of the one who set rolling the True Dhamma, the Omniscient Great Sage with endless knowledge, Dear Sir.”

Dvattiṁsalakkhaṇopetaṁ, 'sītyānubyañjanujjalaṁ, Mhv: asītivyañjanujjalaṁ.03
Endowed with the thirty-two marks, the eighty characteristics,

byāmappabhāparikkhittaṁ, ketumālopasobhitaṁ: Mhv: -mālābhisobhitaṁ.04 [335]
encircled by a fathom-wide light, adorned with the garland of rays:

nimmāsi Mhv: nimmāyi.05 Nāgarājā so Buddharūpaṁ manoharaṁ. Mhv: manoramaṁ.06
(such) was the captivating form of the Buddha the King of the Nāgas created.

Taṁ disvā 'tipasādassa viṁhayassa ca pūrito [336]
Having seen that, full of faith and astonishment, (Asoka said):

“Etena nimmitaṁ rūpaṁ īdisaṁ! Kīdisaṁ nu kho
“Such is this (mere) created form! What would (have been)

Tathāgatassa rūpan?”-ti Āsi pītunnatunnato. [337]
the Realised One's (true) form?” And his joy was raised on high.

Akkhipūjan-ti saññātaṁ taṁ sattāhaṁ nirantaraṁ,
For seven days he uninterruptedly (performed) what is known as the Eye-Worship, Meaning he paid respect by looking at the form uninterruptedly for seven days; a similar thing is said in the commentaries about the Buddha after he attained Awakening: he spent the second seven days doing unblinking worship (animisapūja) to the Bodhi Tree (see e.g. Jinacarita v. 277). 07

mahāmahaṁ Mahārājā kārāpesi mahiddhiko. [338]
and the Great King, of great power, had a great festival celebrated.

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