Second [Chapter On] Ānanda’s Request
At that time, all [of the] World-Honoured [One’s] roots [were] joyous, [with] countenance pure, [and] radiant appearance imposing.
Venerable Ānanda, [having] received [the] Buddha’s noble intention, immediately from [his] seat arose, bared [his] right shoulder, long knelt [with] joined palms, and [to the] Buddha said, ‘Today, all [of the] World-Honoured [One’s] roots [are] joyous, [with] countenance pure, [and] radiant appearance imposing. Like [a] bright mirror pure, reflecting clearly outwards [and] inwards. [Your] majestic countenance [is] prominent [and] glorious, surpassing [and] immeasurable. Never yet respectfully seen [is a] special wonder like [this] today. It is so, Great Sage.
[In] my mind, I said, “Today, [the] World-Honoured [One] abides [in the] Dharma that [is] wonderful [and] special. Today, [the] World’s Hero abides [in] what all Buddhas abide. Today, [the] World’s Eye abides [in the] practice of guiding teachers. Today, [the] World’s Victor abides [in the] most excellent of paths. Today, [the] Heavens’ Honoured [One] practises [the] virtues of [the] Thus Come [Ones. As] past, future [and] present Buddhas [are] mindful [of] one another, perhaps [the] Buddha [is] now mindful [of] all Buddhas? [For] what reason [is his] majestic supernormal light [with] light like this?”’
Thereupon, [the] World-Honoured [One] told Ānanda, ‘Why, Ānanda, [did] all gods instruct you [to] come [to] ask [the] Buddha? [Did] you personally with wisdom, see [and] ask [about my] majestic countenance?’
Ānanda said [to the] Buddha, ‘[I did] not have all those heavenly [beings] come [to] instruct me, [as I] personally with that seen, asked [for what] this means.’
[The] Buddha said, ‘Excellent, Ānanda, that asking [was] extremely fast. Arising [from] profound wisdom, [and] truly wonderful eloquence, [with] empathy mindful [of] sentient beings, asking [for] this wisdom’s meaning.
[The] Thus Come [Ones], with inexhaustible great compassion, [and] empathy [for the] three realms, therefore arise in worlds, [to] promote [and] explain [the] path’s teachings. Desiring [to] save [and] aid sentient beings, [to] confer [them] with true benefits. [In] immeasurable koṭis [of] kalpas, [they are] difficult [to] encounter [and] difficult [to] see. Similar [to the] spiritually auspicious flower, when [in] season then blossoms. Now, that asked, [is for] many [of] those, [to be] benefitted, [to] inspire [and] transform all heavenly [and] human people.
Ānanda, [you] should know [that of the] Thus Come [Ones’] right awakening, its wisdom [is] difficult [to] measure, [for] many [of] those, [to be] guided [and] tamed. [With] wisdom’s view unobstructed, [that is] not able [to be] stopped [and] exhausted. With [the] power [from] one meal, able [to] abide [with a] lifespan [of a] koṭi [of] hundred thousand kalpas, [with] innumerably [and] immeasurably more [times], surpassing of this,[with] all roots joyous, not with impairment [and] harm, [with] countenance without change, [and] radiant appearance without difference. Why [is] that so? [The] Thus Come [Ones’] concentration [and] wisdom, [are] fully [and] fluently expressed without limit. Within all dharmas, yet attaining ease. Ānanda, attentively listen, [that] now for you spoken.’
[In] reply said, ‘It is so, [that I] aspire [with] joyful desire [to] hear.’
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