Mahavastu [sanskrit verses and english]

by Émile Senart | 1882 | 56,574 words

This is the Sanskrit Mahavastu: a lengthy work on Buddhist teachings and narratives belonging to the school of early Buddhism (Mahasanghika). This edition only includes those metrical verses occuring in the various stories and Jatakas, as well as the corresponding English translation by J. J. Jones.

lokadhātu mahānāma tatra śākyamunir jinaḥ |
dharmacakraṃ pravarteti yasya ghoṣo niścarati || 1 ||
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lokadhātusahasrāṇi asaṃkhyeyāni ghoṣaye |
śrūyati varabuddhisya yathā dūre tha santike || 2 ||
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evaṃ mahānubhāvo yaṃ paripūrṇamanoratho |
saṃvibhāgaṃ pravarteti saṃbuddho bodhiyarthināṃ ti || 3 ||
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satvasāravarāgreṇa ikṣvākukulasaṃbhave |
dharmacakraṃ pravartentena medinī saṃprakampitā || 4 ||
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utpātā ca nāma bhīṣmā aśītiṃ samapadyatha |
dharmacakrasya tejena aśītiṃ punar bhūmijā || 5 ||
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oghapuṣpavicitrāṃgā utpatanti valāhakā |
kāśīhitakaraṃ nāthaṃ okirensur narottamaṃ || 6 ||
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jatā iva pramuktāṃgī utpatanti valāhakā |
hemakaṃbudharā bhīmā meghā kusumasaṃcayā || 7 ||
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śrutvāna narasiṃhasya dharmakāyam upasthitaṃ |
sanatkumāro cinteti saṃstavāmi tathāgataṃ || 8 ||
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so ca bhūtena varṇena prabhāye suvijānitaṃ |
saṃstave gagane sthāne brahmā sarvārthadarśinaṃ || 9 ||
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buddhasāgaraparyantāṃ niṣaṇṇo ratanāvatīṃ |
kaṃpeti yo trisāhasrāṃ vajiraṃ kṣipasi gautama || 10 ||
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ālokamātrasaṃvignā diśā daśa samantato |
tvayā āyudhaśreṣṭhasmiṃ kṣiptasmiṃ puruṣottamaṃ || 11 ||
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utkṣipayanto viparyāsā dṛṣṭigahananiśritāṃ |
nāgarājo narendrāgro rāje siṃhagatir jinaḥ || 12 ||
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siṃho yathā asantrasto parvatāntaraniśrito |
trāsayanto arīṃ sarvāṃ rāje siṃhagatir jinaḥ || 13 ||
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mārapakṣaṃ abhyāhatyaṃ mārasenāgrasūdana |
dakṣiṇena va vyūhanto ucchrayesi jinadhvajaṃ || 14 ||
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mahāratananirghoṣā kaṃpate sā na sīdati |
svareṇa vadatotthāpyānusmṛtā vasundharā || 15 ||
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hemakāṃcanavarṇābhaṃ dhātum uttamamuttamāḥ |
muniṃ samantā abhikirensuḥ merugagaṇam āśritāḥ || 16 ||
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prasannacitto sumano prāṃjalipraṇatendriyaḥ |
dharmacakraṃ ahaṃ śrutvā tena asmi ihāgato || 17 ||
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sarve aśaraṇā skandhā adhitaptā mahadbhayā |
aniḥsṛtā asārā ca iti bhāṣati gautamo || 18 ||
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alaṃ bhavāṃ prasādāya + + + tatvārthadarśimāṃ |
buddhaṃ vairabhayātītaṃ abhikramatha vandanāṃ || 19 ||
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sagāravo sapratīso brahmā kṛtvānam aṃjaliṃ |
sādhu te sādhurūpasya vyāmaprabhā pratipadyate |
sādhu arthānvitaṃ sādhyaṃ vacanaṃ te manoramaṃ || 20 ||
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sādhu aratisaṃyogaḥ sarvasandhiguṇānvitaḥ |
sādhu catvāri satyāni satyaṃ pravadase mune || 21 ||
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sādhu te devagandharvā pibanti madhurāṃ girāṃ |
sādhu apratimaṃ cakraṃ pravartesi apravartiyaṃ || 22 ||
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tuhyaṃ loke samo nāsti rūpe varṇe kule tathā |
īryāpathe ca vīrye ca dhyāne jñāne tathaiva ca || 23 ||
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adya aṣṭādaśā vīra koṭīyo prathame phale |
vinītā devaputrāṇāṃ āsane prathame muni || 24 ||
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triṃśac ca koṭīyo punar vinītā prathame phale |
dvitīya āsane vīra devaputrāṇa māriṣa || 25 ||
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paṃcāśa koṭīyo bhūyo āsane tṛtīye punaḥ |
vinītā devaputrāṇāṃ apāyeṣu vimocitā || 26 ||
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aśīti koṭīyo bhūyo śrotāpattiphale vibhu |
caturthe āsane nītā durgatīṣu vimocitā || 27 ||
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tasmāt te sadṛśo nāsti maitryāya puruṣottama |
karuṇāya ca kāruṇiko akutobhaya nararṣabha || 28 ||
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diṣṭyā puruṣaśārdūla utpanno lokasundaro |
hitāya sarvasatvānāṃ ciran tiṣṭha mahāmune || 29 ||
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acirasya rājasuta utpanno si nararṣabha |
praṇetā vipraṇaṣṭānāṃ andhānāṃ nayanaṃ dadā || 30 ||
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nāsmāsu kadācid bhūtvā gurur antarahāyatu |
aparyantaṃ tava sthānaṃ bhavatu lokanāyaka || 31 ||
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apāyā tatrāntībhūtā svayaṃbhū tava tejasā |
nirākāśo kṛto svargo tvāṃ prāpya puruṣottama || 32 ||
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yo mithyatvaniyato rāśi puruṣapuṃgavottama |
eṣa aniyataṃ rāśiṃ tvāṃ prāpya pūrayiṣyati || 33 ||
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yaś cāpy aniyato raśi tvāṃ prāpya suravandita |
pūrayiṣyati samyaktvarāśiṃ rājakulodita || 34 ||
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adbhutānāṃ ca dharmāṇāṃ vivṛddhir upalabhyate |
tvāṃ prāpya puruṣādityaṃ tamontakaram acyutaṃ || 35 ||
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tasya te bhāṣamāṇasya bhūtāṃ dharmāṃ janapriya |
abhinandati te vākyaṃ sendro loko mahāmune || 36 ||
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iti stuvanti devagaṇā varadaṃ prītimānasaṃ |
anantaguṇasaṃpannaṃ sārthavāhanarottamam iti || 37 ||
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Other print editions:

Also see the following print editions of the Sanskrit text or (alternative) English translations of the Mahavastu Chapter 96

Cover of edition (1949)

The Mahavastu
by J. J. Jones (1949)

Translated from the Buddhist Sanskrit

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