Avadānaśatakam* |

caturtho vargaḥ |

35: surūpaḥ

buddho bhagavān satkṛto gurukṛto mānitaḥ pūjito rājabhī rājamātrair dhanibhiḥ pauraiḥ śreṣṭhibhiḥ sārthavāhair devair nāgair yakṣair asurair garuḍaiḥ kinnarair mahoragair iti deva­nāgayakṣāsuragaruḍakinna­ramahoragābhyarcito buddho bhagavān jñāto mahāpuṇyo lābhī cīvarapiṇḍapātaśayanāsanaglānapratyayabhaiṣajya­pari­ṣkārāṇāṃ saśrāvakasaṃghaḥ śrāvastyāṃ viharati jetavane ’nāthapiṇḍadasyārāme | yadā bhagavān pratisaṃlayanād vyutthāya catasṛṇāṃ parṣadā madhuramadhuraṃ dharmaṃ deśayati, kṣaudraṃ madhv ivāneḍakam*, anekaśatā ca parṣad bhagavataḥ sakāśān madhuramadhuraṃ dharmaṃ śṛṇoty āneñja­māna­ir Speyer: aniñjamānair indriyaiḥ, tadā bhikṣavaḥ saṃśayajātāḥ sarvasaṃśayacchettāraṃ buddhaṃ bhagavantaṃ papracchuḥ: paśya bhadanta yāvad dharmaratnasyāmī bhājanabhūtāḥ satvā ādareṇa śrotavyaṃ manyanta iti | bhagavān āha: yathā tathāgatena bhikṣava ādarajātena dharmaḥ śrutaś codgṛhītaś ca, tac chṛṇuta, sādhu ca suṣṭhu ca manasi kuruta, bhāṣiṣye ||

bhūtapurvaṃ bhikṣavo ’tīte ’dhvani vārāṇasyāṃ nagaryāṃ surūpo nāma rājā rājyaṃ kārayati ṛddhaṃ ca sphītaṃ ca kṣemaṃ ca subhikṣaṃ ca ākīrṇabahujanamanuṣyaṃ ca praśānta­kalikalahaḍimbaḍa­maraṃ taskararogāpagataṃ śālīkṣugomahiṣīsaṃpannam akhilam akaṇṭakam* | ekaputram iva rājyaṃ pālayati | sa ca rājā śrāddho bhadraḥ kalyāṇāśaya ātmahitaparahitapratipannaḥ kāruṇiko mahātmā dharmakāmaḥ prajāvatsalaḥ sarvapradaḥ sarvaparityāgī niḥsaṅgaparityāgī ca | mahatī tyāge vartate | tasya ca rājñaḥ sundarikā nāma devī abhirūpā darśanīyā prāsādikā sarvāṅgapratyaṅgopetā, sundarakaś ca nāmnā ekaputraḥ iṣṭaḥ kāntaḥ priyo manāpaḥ kṣānto ’pratikūlaḥ | athāpareṇa samayena rājñaḥ surūpasya dharme abhilāṣa utpannaḥ | tena sarve amātyāḥ saṃnipātyoktāḥ: paryeṣata me grāmaṇyo dharmān, dharmo me rocata iti | tatas te amātyāḥ kṛtakarapuṭā rājānaṃ vijñāpayanti: durlabho mahārāja dharmaḥ | śrūyate mahārāja buddhānāṃ loke utpādād dharmasyotpādo bhavatīti | tato rājñā suvarṇapiṭakaṃ dhvajāgre baddhvā sarvavijite ghaṇṭāvaghoṣaṇaṃ kāritam*: yo me dharmaṃ vakṣyati, tasyemaṃ suvarṇapiṭakaṃ dāsyāmi, mahatā ca satkāreṇa satkariṣyāmīti | tato bahavaḥ kālā atikrāntāḥ | na ca kaścid dharmadeśaka upalabhyate | tataḥ sa rājā dharmahetor utkaṇṭhati paritapyati ||

śakrasya ca devānām indrasyādhastāj jñanadarśanaṃ pravartate | sa paśyati rājānaṃ dharmahetor vihanyamānam* | tasyaitad abhavat*: yanv ahaṃ surūpāṃ rājānam mīmāṃseyeti | tato yakṣarūpam ātmānam abhinirmāya vikṛtakaracaraṇanayano ’nekapariṣanmadhyagataṃ rājānam etad avocat*: nanu dharmābhilāṣī bhavān*, aham te dharmaṃ vakṣyāmīti | tato dharmaśravaṇāt prītiprāmodyajāto rājā yakṣam etad uvāca: brūhi guhyaka dharmān śroṣyāmīti | guhyaka uvāca: sukhitasya bata mahārāja dharmā abhilasanti | bubhukṣito ’smi bhojanaṃ tāvan me prayaccheti | tac chrutvā rājā pauruṣeyānām amantrayāmāsa: ānīyantām asya bhakṣyabhojyaprakārā iti | yakṣa āha: sadyohatarudhiramāṃ­sabhakṣyo ’ham* | etaṃ me sundaram ekaputrakaṃ prayaccheti | śrutvā rājā paraṃ viṣādam āpannaḥ: kadācit karhicin me ’dya dharmaśabda āsāditaḥ | so ’py anargheṇa mūlyeneti | tataḥ sundaraḥ kumāras tad upaśrutya pituḥ pādayor nipatya rājānam vijñāpayāmāsa: marṣaya deva | pūryatāṃ devasyābhiprāyam*, prayaccha māṃ guhyakāyāhārārtham iti | tato rājā tam ekaputrakam iṣṭaṃ kāntaṃ priyaṃ manāpaṃ kṣāntam apratikūlaṃ dharmasyārthe yakṣāya dattavān* |

tato yakṣeṇa ṛddhibalādhānād rajñaḥ parṣadaś ca tathā darśito yathāṅgapratyaṅgāni pṛthagvikṛtya bhakṣitāni, rudhiraṃ ca pīyamānam* | + + + dṛṣṭvā rājā dharmābhilāṣī na niṣādam āpannaḥ | sa guhyako rājānam uvāca: atṛpto ’smi bhoḥ pārthiva, bhūyo me prayaccheti | tato rājā tasmai dayitāṃ bhāryāṃ dattavān* | sāpi tenaivākāreṇa darśitā | tato bhūyo rājānam uvācā: bho pārthiva, adyāpi tṛptir na labhyata iti | tato rājā yakṣam uvāca: vatsa datto me ekaputrako bhāryā ca dayitā, kiṃ bhūyaḥ prārthayase iti | guhyaka uvāca: svaśarīraṃ me prayaccha | anena tṛptim upayāsyāmīti | rājovāca: yadi svaśarīraṃ te pradāsyāmi, kathaṃ punar dharmaṃ śroṣyāmi? kiṃ nu pūrvaṃ me dharmaṃ vada, paścād gṛhītadharmā śarīraṃ parityakṣyāmīti | tato guhyakena rājānaṃ pratijñāyāṃ pratiṣṭḥāpyānekaśatāyāḥ pariṣadaḥ purastād dharmo deśitaḥ ||

priyebhyo jāyate śokaḥ priyebhyo jāyate bhayam*
priyebhyo vipramuktānāṃ nāsti śokaḥ kuto bhayam iti ||

tato rājā asyā gāthāyāḥ sahaśravaṇāt prahlāditamanāḥ prītisaumanasyendriyajāto yakṣam uvāca: idaṃ guhyaka śarīram*, yatheṣṭaṃ kriyatām iti ||

tataḥ śakro devendro rājānaṃ meruvadakampyam anuttarāyāṃ samyaksaṃbodhau viditvā yakṣarūpam antardhāpya svarūpeṇa sthitvā prasādavikasitābhyāṃ nayanābhyām ekena pāṇinā putraṃ gṛhītvā dvitīyena ca bhāryāṃ rājānam abhyutsāhayann uvāca: sādhu sādhu satpuruṣa | dṛḍhasaṃnāhas tvam* | nacirād anena vyavasāyena anuttarāṃ samyaksaṃbodhim abhisaṃbhotsyase | ayaṃ ca te iṣṭajanasamāgama iti | tato rājā śakraṃ devendram idam avocat*: sādhu sādhu kauśika, kṛto ’smākaṃ dharmābhiprāyaḥ pūritaś ceti ||

bhagavān āha: kiṃ manyadhve bhikṣavo yo ’sau tena kālena tena samayena surūpo nāma rājā babhūva, ahaṃ sa | sundaraḥ kumāra ānandaḥ | sundarikā eṣā eva yaśodharā | tadāpi me bhikṣavo dharmahetor iṣṭabandhuparityāgaḥ svajīvitaparityāgaś ca kṛtaḥ, prāg evedānīm* | tasmāt tarhi bhikṣava evaṃ śikṣitavyam: yad dharmaṃ satkariṣyāmo gurukariṣyāmo mānayiṣyāmaḥ pūjayiṣyāmaḥ | dharmaṃ satkṛtya gurukṛtya mānayitvā pūjayitvopaniśritya vihariṣyāmaḥ | ity evaṃ vo bhikṣavaḥ śikṣitavyam* ||

idam avocad bhagavān | āttamanasas te bhikṣavo bhagavato bhāṣitam abhyanandan* ||