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SADDHARMA-PUNDARÎKA.

envy, no wrath, no malignity will vex him. With his birth he will also receive the five transcendent faculties, as well as the acquiescence in the eternal law, and, once in possession thereof, Nakshatrarâgasaṅkusumitâbhia, he as a Bodhisattva Mahâsattva will see Tathâgatas equal to the sands of seventy-two rivers Ganges[1]. So perfect will be his organ of sight that by means thereof he shall see those Lords Buddhas, which Lords Buddhas will applaud him (and say): Well done, well done, young man of good family, that after hearing this Dharmaparyâya of the Lotus of the True Law which has been promulgated by the spiritual proclamation of the Lord Sâkyamuni, the Tathâgata, &c., thou hast studied, meditated, examined, minded it, and expounded it to other beings, other persons. This accumulation of thy pious merit, young man of good family, cannot be burnt by fire, nor swept away by water. Even a thousand Buddhas would not be able to determine this accumulation of thy pious merit, young man of good family. Thou hast subdued the opposition of the Evil One, young man of good family. Thou, young man of good family, hast victoriously emerged[2] from the battle of mundane existence, hast crushed the enemies annoying thee[3]. Thou, young man of good family, hast been superintended by thousands of Buddhas; thine equal, young man of good family, is not to be found in the world, including the gods[4], with the only exception of the


  1. Or, to seventy-two times the sands of the river Ganges.
  2. Uttîrnabhavasaṅgrâma.
  3. Marditasatrukathaka (sic; cf. Pâli kanthaka).
  4. In the margin are added the words, also found in Burnouf's translation, 'including Mâras, Brahmans, and ascetics.'