Buddha-Carita [sanskrit]

by E. B. Cowell | 2003 | 11,474 words | ISBN-10: 8187418788 | ISBN-13: 9788187418788

The Buddha Carita (Saddharma-pundarika) by Asvaghosa a famous Sanskrit text revolving around the live and exploits of the Buddha. The Buddha Carita (Buddhacarita) is written in the style of a Kavya (or Mahakavya, epic poetry) and extant original Sanskrit text consists of roughly 1,000 metrical verses.

Chapter 14

tato mārabalaṃ jitvā dhairyeṇa ca śamena ca |
paramārthaṃ vijijñāsuḥ sa dadhyau dhyānakovidaḥ || 1 ||
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sarveṣu dhyānavidhiṣu prāpya caiśvaryamuttamam |
sasmāra prathame yāme pūrvajanmaparamparām || 2 ||
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amutrāhamayaṃ nāma cyutastasmādihāgataḥ |
iti janmasahasrāṇi sasmārānubhavanniva || 3 ||
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smṛtvā janma ca mṛtyuṃ ca tāsu tāsūpapattiṣu |
tataḥ sattveṣu kāruṇyaṃ cakāra karuṇātmakaḥ || 4 ||
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kṛtveha svajanotsargaṃ punaranyatra ca kriyāḥ |
atrāṇaḥ khalu loko 'yaṃ paribhramati cakravat || 5 ||
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ityevaṃ smaratastasya babhūva niyatātmanaḥ |
kadalīgarbhaniḥsāraḥ saṃsāra iti niścayaḥ || 6 ||
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dvitīye tvāgate yāme so 'dvitīyaparākramaḥ |
divyaṃ cakṣuḥ paraṃ lebhe sarvacakṣuṣmatāṃ varaḥ || 7 ||
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tatastena sa divyena pariśuddhena cakṣuṣā |
dadarśa nikhilaṃ lokamādarśa iva nirmale || 8 ||
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sattvānāṃ paśyatastasya nikṛṣṭotkṛṣṭakarmaṇām |
pracyutiṃ copapattiṃ ca vavṛdhe karuṇātmatā || 9 ||
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ime duṣkṛtakarmāṇaḥ prāṇino yānti durgatim |
ime 'nye śubhakarmāṇaḥ pratiṣṭhante tripiṣṭape || 10 ||
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upapannāḥ pratibhaye narake bhṛśadāruṇe |
amī duḥkhairbahuvidhaiḥ pīḍyante kṛpaṇaṃ vata || 11 ||
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pāyyante kvathitaṃ kecidagnivarṇamayorasam |
āropyante ruvanto 'nye niṣṭaptastambhamāyasam || 12 ||
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pacyante piṣṭavatkecidayaskumbhīṣvavāṅmukhāḥ |
dahyante karuṇaṃ keciddīpteṣvaṅgārarāśiṣu || 13 ||
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kecittīkṣṇairayodaṃṣṭrairbhakṣyante dāruṇaiḥ śvabhiḥ |
keciddhṛṣṭairayastuṇḍairvāyasairāyasairiva || 14 ||
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keciddāhapariśrāntāḥ śītacchāyābhikāṅkṣiṇaḥ |
asipatraṃ vanaṃ nīlaṃ baddhā iva viśantyamī || 15 ||
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pāṭyante dāruvat kecitkuṭhārairbahubāhavaḥ |
duḥkhe 'pi na vipadyante karmabhirdhāritāsavaḥ || 16 ||
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sukhaṃ syāditi yatkarma kṛtaṃ duḥkhanivṛttaye |
phalaṃ tasyedamavaśairduḥkhamevopabhujyate || 17 ||
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sukhārthamaśubhaṃ kṛtvā ya ete bhṛśaduḥkhitāḥ |
āsvādaḥ sa kimeteṣāṃ karoti sukhamaṇvapi || 18 ||
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hasadbhiryatkṛtaṃ karma kaluṣaṃ kaluṣātmabhiḥ |
etatpariṇate kāle krośadbhiranubhūyate || 19 ||
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yadyeva pāpakarmāṇaḥ paśyeyuḥ karmaṇāṃ phalam |
vameyuruṣṇarudhiraṃ marmasvabhihatā iva || 20 ||
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śārīrebhyo 'pi duḥkhebhyo nārakebhyo manasvinaḥ |
anāryaiḥ saha saṃvāso mama kṛcchratamo mataḥ || 21 ||
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ime 'nye karmabhiścitraiścittavispandasambhavaiḥ |
tiryagyonau vicitrāyāmupapannāstapasvinaḥ || 22 ||
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māṃsatvagbāladantārthaṃ vairādapi madādapi |
hanyante kṛpaṇā yatra bandhūnāṃ paśyatāmapi || 23 ||
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aśaknuvanto 'pyavaśāḥ kṣuttarṣaśramapīḍitāḥ |
go 'śvabhūtāśca vāhyante pratodakṣatamūrtayaḥ || 24 ||
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vāhyante gajabhūtāśca balīyāṃso 'pi durbalaiḥ |
aṅkuśakliṣṭamūrdhānastāḍitāḥ pādapārṣṇibhiḥ || 25 ||
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satsvapyanyeṣu duḥkheṣu duḥkhaṃ yatra viśeṣataḥ |
parasparavirodhācca parādhīnatayaiva ca || 26 ||
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khasthāḥ khasthairhi bādhyante jalasthā jalacāribhiḥ |
sthalasthāḥ sthalasaṃsthaistu prāpyante cetaretaraiḥ || 27 ||
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upapannāstathā ceme mātsaryākrāntacetasaḥ |
pitṛloke nirāloke kṛpaṇaṃ bhuñjate phalam || 28 ||
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sūcīchidropamamukhāḥ parvatopamakukṣayaḥ |
kṣuttarṣajanitairduḥkhaiḥ pīḍyante duḥkhabhāginaḥ || 29 ||
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puruṣo yadi jānīta mātsaryasyedṛśaṃ phalam |
sarvathā śivivaddadyāccharīrāvayavānapi || 30 ||
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āśayā samabhikrāntā ghāryamāṇāḥ svakarmabhiḥ |
labhante na hyamī bhoktuṃ pravṛddhānyaśucīnyapi || 31 ||
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ime 'nye narakaṃ prāpya garbhasañjñe 'śucihrade |
upapannā manuṣyeṣu duḥkhamarchanti jantavaḥ || 32 ||
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Other print editions:

Also see the following print editions of the Sanskrit text or (alternative) English translations of the Buddha-carita Chapter 14

Cover of edition (2003)

The Buddha-Carita By Asvaghosa or Acts of Buddha
by E. B. Cowell (2003)

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Cover of edition (2011)

Buddha Carita of Asvaghosa
by Shanti Lal Nagar (2011)

Sanskrit text, English translation, Index of Verse and Photographs of Archaeological Evidence

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Cover of edition (2016)

Asvaghosa’s Buddhacarita or Acts of the Buddha
by E. H. Johnston (2016)

Sanskrit text with English Translation

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