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ANCIENT DEVOTION.

(and asked) : Do you see, monks, the king *Subha- vyflha who, standing in the sky, is emitting a lion's roar ? They answered : We do, Lord. The Lord proceeded : This king .Subhavytiha, monks, after having become a monk under my rule shall become a Tath&gata in the world, by the name of S&lendra- r&^a 1 , endowed with science and conduct, &c. &c, in the world Vistir/zavati; his epoch shall be called Abhyudgatar&^a. That Tath£gata .SSlendrar&^a, monks, the Arhat, &c, shall have an immense congre- gation of Bodhisattvas, an immense congregation of disciples. The said world Vistir«avati shall be level as the palm of the hand, and consist of lapis lazuli. So he shall be an inconceivably great Tath&gata, &c. Perhaps, young men of good family, you will have some doubt, uncertainty or misgiving (and think) that the king .Subhavytiha at that time, that juncture was another. But you must not think so ; for it is the very same Bodhisattva Mah£sattva Padmasri here present, who at that time, that juncture was the king .Subhavyilha. Perhaps, young men of good family, you will have some doubt, uncertainty or misgiving (and think) that the queen VimaladattA at that time, that juncture was another. But you must not think so ; for it is the very same Bodhi- sattva Mahdsattva called Vairo^anara^mipratimaw^i- tardfa 2 , who at that time, that juncture was the queen VimaladattS, and who out of compassion for the king .Subhavyfiha and the creatures had assumed

Also written S&lendrara^a. In the Calcutta edition of the Lalita-vistara, p. 201, 1. 12, he occurs as Sdrendrara^a, but Hodgson, Essays, p. 33, in a list drawn from the same work, has Salendrara^a.

Burnoufs reading has dhva^a for r&^a.