Twelfth [Chapter On The] Noble Assembly [Being] Immeasurable
Moreover, [of these] Voice-Hearers [and] Bodhisattvas, their numbers [are] difficult [to] measure, [and] cannot [be] stated. [With] supernormal [powers and] wisdom thoroughly understanding, mighty powers [and] ease, [they are] able to, within [their] palms, hold all worlds.
[The] Buddha said [to] Ānanda, ‘That Buddha’s first assembly’s Voice-Hearers’ number cannot [be] counted, [with] Bodhisattvas’ likewise thus. If Great Maudgalyāyana, [with a] thousand million koṭis [of] immeasurable [and] countless [number of them], in asaṃkhyeya nayutas [of] kalpas, and even [until] Parinirvāṇa, all together calculate, [they are] not able [to] exactly know how many their numbers [are].
For example, [the] great ocean’s depth [and] vastness [is] immeasurable. If [there] is [a] person [who] divides his one hair, with [it] as [a] hundred parts, with one part’s hair, wet [to] obtain one drop, what [do you] think of [this]? Of that drop, with that great ocean, which is that greater?’
Ānanda said [to the] Buddha, ‘That drop [of] water, compared with [the] great ocean’s measure of number [of drops, is] not [by] skilful counting, words [and] analogies that able [to be] known.’
[The] Buddha said [to] Ānanda, ‘If Maudgalyāyana [and] others, in [a] thousand million koṭis [of] nayutas [of] kalpas, count that first assembly’s Voice-Hearers [and] Bodhisattvas, [of] that known number, [it is] similar to [the] one drop, [and of] that not known, [it is] like [the] great ocean’s water.
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