[III. The Miracles at Uruvelā]
[32: The Coral Tree Flower 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, going to the Tāvatiṁsa (Heaven), picking a Coral tree flower, 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, going to the Tāvatiṁsa (Heaven), picking a Coral tree flower, and arriving earlier, I sat down in the sacrificial firehouse. This is the Coral tree flower, Kassapa, endowed with (good) colour and scent, if you wish, you can take (it).”
“Enough, Great Ascetic, you surely brought it, you should surely take it.”
Then this occurred to the yogi Uruvelakassapa: “Powerful and majestic is this Great Ascetic, since after sending me away earlier, going to the Tāvatiṁsa (Heaven), picking a Coral tree flower, and arriving earlier, he can sit down in the sacrificial firehouse, but he is surely not a Worthy One like I am.” The follow-up phrase which in the preceding accounts appears at this location, to the effect that the Fortunate One, having eaten Kassapa’s food, dwelt on in the jungle thicket, is missing from here on.
last updated: August 2009