[III. The Miracles at Uruvelā]
[28: The Rose-Apple Miracle]
Then the yogi Uruvelakassapa, with the passing of that night, approached the Fortunate One, and after approaching he announced the time, (saying): “It is time, Great Ascetic, the meal is ready.” “You go ahead, Kassapa, I am coming.” After sending away the yogi Uruvelakassapa, picking a fruit from the Rose-Apple (tree), (after which) the Rose-Apple Island is named, This means specifically the Rose-Apple tree that grows on Mount Meru in the Himalayas. and arriving earlier, he sat down in the sacrificial firehouse.
The yogi Uruvelakassapa saw the Fortunate One sitting in the sacrificial firehouse, and after seeing (him), he said this to the Fortunate One: “By what path, Great Ascetic, did you come, I set out earlier than you, (but) you, arriving earlier, are (already) sitting down in the sacrificial firehouse.”
“Here, Kassapa, after sending you away, picking a fruit from the Rose-Apple (tree), (after which) the Rose-Apple Island is named, and arriving earlier, I sat down in the sacrificial firehouse. This is the Rose-Apple fruit, Kassapa, endowed with (good) colour, scent, and taste, if you wish, you can eat (it).”
“Enough, Great Ascetic, you surely brought it, you should surely eat it.”
Then this occurred to the yogi Uruvelakassapa: “Powerful and majestic is this Great Ascetic, since after sending me away earlier, picking a fruit from the Rose-Apple (tree), (after which) the Rose-Apple Island is named, and arriving earlier, he can sit down in the sacrificial firehouse, but he is surely not a Worthy One like I am.” Then the Fortunate One, having eaten the yogi Uruvelakassapa’s food, dwelt on in that very jungle thicket.
last updated: August 2009