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SADDHARMA-PUNDARÎKA GADGADASVARA.

the world Sarvabuddhasandarsana (i. e. sight or display of all Buddhas), in the Æon Priyadarsana. To that Lord Meghadundubhisvarar&£a the Bodhisattva Mah&sattva Gadgadasvara paid homage by making resound hundred thousands of musical instruments during twelve thousand years. He presented to him also eighty-four thousand vessels of seven precious substances. Under the preaching[1] of the Tathdgata Meghadundubhisvarar^a, young man of good family, has the Bodhisattva Mahisattva Gadgadasvara obtained such a beauty as he now displays. Perhaps, young man of good family, thou hast some doubt, uncertainty or misgiving, (and thinkest) that at that time, that epoch, there was another Bodhisattva Mahsattva called Gadgadasvara, who paid that homage to the Lord Meghadundubhisvarar^a,the Tath&gata, and presented him the eighty-four thousand vessels- But, young man of good family, do not think so. For it was the very same Bodhisattva Mah£sattva Gadgadasvara, young man of good family, who paid that homage to the Lord Meghadundubhisvarard^a, the Tath&gata, and presented to him the eighty-four thousand vessels. So, young man of good family, the Bodhisattva Mahisattva Gadgadasvara has waited upon many Buddhas, has planted good roots under many Buddhas, and prepared the soil under each of them. And this Bodhisattva Mah&sattva Gadgadasvara had previously seen Lords Buddhas similar to the sands of the river Ganges. Dost thou see, Padmarri, how the Bodhisattva Mah&sattva Gadgadasvara now looks? Padma^ri replied: I do, Lord; I do, Sugata.

The Lord said: Now, Padmasri, this Bodhisattva


  1. Pravakane.