[II. Progress of the Sāsana]
15: The Going-Forth of (Yasa’s) Four Householder Friends
Four of the venerable Yasa’s householder friends, sons of good families of greater and lesser merchants in Bārāṇasī, (named) Vimala, Subāhu, Puṇṇaji and Gavampati Apart from Gavampati, for whom see Th. 38, this is the only mention of these monks in the Canon. heard: “The young man Yasa, it seems, after shaving off his hair and beard, and donning brown garments, It is not clear what colour
They approached the venerable Yasa, and after approaching and worshipping the venerable Yasa, they stood on one side. Then the venerable Yasa took those four householder friends and approached the Fortunate One, and after approaching and worshipping the Fortunate One, he sat down on one side. While sitting on one side the venerable Yasa said this to the Fortunate One: “These, venerable Sir, are four of my householder friends sons of good families of greater and lesser merchants in Bārāṇasī, (named) Vimala, Subāhu, Puṇṇaji and Gavampati, please advise them, Fortunate One, please instruct them.”
The Fortunate One spoke about the gradual teaching to them, that is to say: talk about giving, talk about virtue, talk about heaven, the danger, degradation, and defilement of sensual desires, and the advantages of renunciation, (these) he explained. When the Fortunate One knew that they had ready minds, pliable minds, open minds, uplifted minds, confident minds, he explained to them the Dhamma teaching the Awakened Ones have discovered themselves: Suffering, Origination, Cessation, Path.
Just as it is known that a clean cloth without a stain will take the dye well, just so to them on that very seat, the dust-free, stainless Vision-of-the-Dhamma arose:
“Whatever has the nature of arising, all that has the nature of ceasing.”
They, having seen the Dhamma, attained the Dhamma, understood the Dhamma, penetrated the Dhamma, crossed over uncertainty, being without doubts, having attained full confidence, having become independent of others in the Teacher’s teaching, said this to the Fortunate One: “May we receive the going-forth, venerable Sir, in the presence of the Fortunate One, may we receive the full ordination.” “Come, monks,” said the Fortunate One, “the Dhamma has been well-proclaimed, live the spiritual life for the complete ending of suffering.” That was these venerable ones’ full ordination.
Then the Fortunate One gave advice and instruction with a Dhamma talk to those monks. As the Fortunate One gave advice and instruction with a Dhamma talk their minds were liberated from the pollutants, without attachment, and at that time there were eleven Worthy Ones in the world.
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