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the Lord Sdgaravaradharabuddhivikrl^tAbhi^»a, the Tathâgata, &c.; likewise shall the divisions of the Buddha-field and its qualities be the same as those possessed by that Lord. And, Râhula, thou shalt be the eldest son of that Tathâgata S&garavaradharabuddhivikrt^Titabhi^wa, the Arhat, &c. Afterwards thou shalt arrive at supreme and perfect enlightenment.

8. Râhula here, my own eldest son, who was born to me when I was a prince royal, he, my son, after my reaching enlightenment, is a great Seer, an heir to the law[1].

9. The great number of kotis of Buddhas which he shall see in future, is immense. To all these Ginas he shall be a son, striving after enlightenment.

10. Unknown is this course (of duty) to Râhula[2], but I know his (former) vow. He glorifies the Friend of the world[3] (by saying): I am, forsooth, the Tathâgata's son.

11. Innumerable myriads of kotis of good qualities, the measure of which is never to be found, appertain to this Râhula, my son; for it has been said: He exists by reason of enlightenment.

The Lord now again regarded those two thousand disciples, both such as were still under training and such as were not, who were looking up to him with serene, mild, placid minds. And the Lord then addressed the venerable Ânanda: Seest thou, Ânanda, these two thousand disciples, both such as

are still under training and such as are not? 'I


  1. Cf. the myth according to which Râhu, the personified eclipse, came in for his share before Brahma, the father of the world.
  2. Or of Râhula.
  3. Lokabandhu, from elsewhere known as an epithet of the sun.