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Tathâgata, and the Tathâgata says to us: Ye are my sons, as the householder did. We were oppressed, O Lord, with three difficulties, viz. the difficulty of pain, the difficulty of conceptions the difficulty of transition (or evolution); and in the worldly whirl we were disposed to what is low[1]. Then have we been prompted by the Lord to ponder on the numerous inferior laws (or conditions, things) that are similar to a heap of dirt. Once directed to them we have been practising, making efforts, and seeking for nothing but Nirvi^a as our fee 8 . We were content, O Lord, with the Nirvd^a obtained, and thought to have gained much at the hands of the Tathâgata because of our having applied ourselves* to these laws, practised, and made efforts. But the Lord takes no notice of us, does not mix with us, nor tell us that this treasure of the Tathâgata's knowledge shall belong to us, though the Lord skilfully appoints us as heirs to this treasure of the knowledge of the Tathâgata. And we, O Lord, are not (impatiently) longing to enjoy it, because we deem it a great gain already to receive from the Lord Nirvd#a as our fee. We preach to the Bodhisattvas Mahdsattvas a sublime sermon about the knowledge of the Tathâgata; we explain, show, demonstrate the knowledge of the Tathâgata, O Lord, without longing. For the Tathâgata by his skilfulness knows our disposition, whereas we ourselves do not know, nor apprehend. It is for this very


Divasamudrd, implying the notion of the fee being paid at the end of the day.

  1. Samskâra, which also means '(transitory) impressions (mental and moral).