Avadānaśatakam* |

paṃcamo vargaḥ |

49: putrāḥ

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 saśrāvakasaṃgho rājagṛham upaniśritya viharati sma veṇuvane kalandakanivāpe | athāyuṣmān nāladaḥ pūrvāhṇe nivāsya pātracīvaram ādāya rājagṛhaṃ piṇḍāya prāvikṣat* | rājagṛhaṃ piṇḍāya caritvā kṛtabhaktakṛtyaḥ paścādbhaktapiṇḍapātapratikrāntaḥ pātracīvaraṃ pratisamarpya pretacārikāṃ prakrāntaḥ ||

sa gṛdhrakūṭaparvatasāmantake pretīṃ dadarśa yamarākṣasasadṛśīṃ rudhirabinducitām asthiśakalāparivṛtāṃ śmaśānamadhya ivāvasthitam* | rātriṃdivena pañca putrān prasūya tādṛśaṃ duḥkham anubhūya putrasnehe saty api kṣutkṣāmatayā putrāṃs tān bhakṣayantīm* | tataḥ sthaviro nāladas tāṃ pṛṣṭavān: kiṃ tvayā prakṛtaṃ pāpaṃ yenaivaṃvidhaṃ duḥkham anubhavasīti | pretī āha: āditye hi samudgate na dīpena prayojanam* | bhagavantam etam arthaṃ paripṛccha | sa te asmākīnāṃ karmaplotiṃ vyākariṣyatīti | yāṃ śrutvā anye ’pīha satvāḥ pāpāt karmaṇaḥ prativiraṃsyantīti | athāyuṣmān nālado yena bhagavāṃs tenopasaṃkrāntaḥ ||

tena khalu samayena bhagavān pratisaṃlayanād vyutthāya catasṛṇāṃ parṣadāṃ madhuramadhuraṃ dharmaṃ deśayati kṣaudraṃ madhv ivāneḍakam* | anekaśatā ca parṣad bhagavataḥ sakāśān madhuramadhuraṃ dharmaṃ śṛṇoty anijyamānair indriyaiḥ | tato buddhā bhagavantaḥ pūrvālāpinaḥ ehīti svāgatavādinaḥ smitapūrvaṃgamāś ca | tatra bhagavān āyuṣmantaṃ nāladam idam avocat*: ehi nālada, svāgataṃ te, kutas tvaṃ nālada etarhy āgacchasīti | nālada āha: āgacchāmy ahaṃ bhadanta pretacārikāyāḥ | tatrāhaṃ pretīm adrākṣaṃ yamarākṣasasadṛśīṃ rudhirabinducitām asthiśakalāparivṛtāṃ śmaśānamadhya ivāvasthitam* | āha ca:

pañca putrān ahaṃ rātrau divā pañca tathāparān*
bhakṣayāmi janitvā tān nāsti tṛptas tathāpi me || iti

kiṃ tayā prakṛtaṃ pāpaṃ martyaloke sudāruṇam*
yena evaṃvidhaṃ duḥkham anubhavati bhayānakam* || iti

bhagavān āha: pāpakārī nālada sā pretī | icchasi tasyāḥ karmaplotiṃ śrotum*? evaṃ bhadanta | tena hi nālada śṛṇu, sādhu ca suṣṭhu ca manasi kuru, bhāṣiṣye ||

bhūtapūrvaṃ nālada atīte ’dhvani vārāṇasyāṃ nagaryām ’nyatamaḥ śreṣṭhī āḍhyo mahādhano mahābhogo vistīrṇaviśālaparigraho vaiśravaṇadhanasamudito vaiśravaṇadhanapratispardhī | tena sadṛśāt kulāt kalatram ānītam* | sa tayā sārdhaṃ krīḍati ramate paricārayati | tasya krīḍato ramamāṇasya paricārayato naiva putro na duhitā | sa kare kapolaṃ kṛtvā cintāparo vyavasthitaḥ: anekadhanasamuditaṃ me gṛham* | na me putro na duhitā | mamātyayāt sarvasvāpateyam aputrakam iti kṛtvā rājavidheyaṃ bhaviṣyatīti | so ’putraḥ putrābhinandī śivavaruṇakuberaśakrabrahmādīn anyāṃś ca devatāviśeṣān āyācate sma | tadyathā ārāmadevatā vanadevatāś catvaradevatāḥ śṛṅgāṭakadevatā balipratigrāhikā devatāḥ | sahajāḥ sahadhārmikā nityānubaddhā api devatā āyācate sma | asti caiṣa loke pravādo yadāyācanahetoḥ putrā jāyante duhitaraś ceti | tac ca naivam* | yady evam abhaviṣyad ekaikasya putrasahasram abhaviṣyat tadyathā rājñaś cakravartinaḥ | api tu trayāṇāṃ sthānānāṃ saṃmukhībhāvāt putrā jāyante duhitaraś ca | katameṣāṃ trayāṇāṃ sthānānām*? mātāpitarāu raktau bhavataḥ saṃnipatitau, mātā kalyā bhavati ṛtumatī, gandharvaś ca pratyupasthito bhavati | eṣāṃ trayāṇāṃ sthānānāṃ saṃmukhībhāvāt putrā jāyante duhitaraś ca | tasya devatārādhane ’pi sati na putro na duhitā ||

tasyaivaṃ buddhir utpannā: dvitīyāṃ bhāryām anayāmi | kadācit sā satvavatī syād iti | tena sadṛśāt kulād dvitīyā bhāryā ānītā | sa tayā sārdhaṃ krīḍati ramate paricārayati | tasya krīḍato ramamāṇasya paricārayataḥ kālāntareṇa sā āpannasatvā saṃvṛttā | tayā hṛṣṭatuṣṭapramuditayā svāmine niveditam: diṣṭyā āryputra vardhase | āpannasatvāsmi saṃvṛttā | yathā ca me dakṣiṇaṃ kukṣiṃ niśritya tiṣṭhati, niyataṃ dārako bhaviṣyatīti | so ’py āttamanāttamanāḥ pūrvakāyam abhyunnamayya dakṣiṇaṃ bāhum abhiprasārya udānam udanayati: apy evāhaṃ cirakālābhilaṣitaṃ putramukhaṃ paśyeyam* | jāto me syān nāvajātaḥ | kṛtyāni me kurvīta | bhṛtaḥ pratibibhṛyāt* | dāyād yaṃ pratipadyeta | kulavaṃśo me cirasthitikaḥ syāt* | asmākaṃ cāpy atītakālagatānām alpaṃ vā prabhūtaṃ vā dānāni datvā puṇyāni kṛtvā asmākaṃ nāmnā dakṣiṇām ādekṣyate: idaṃ tayor yatrayatropapannayor gacchator anugacchatv iti | āpannasatvāṃ caināṃ viditvo­pariprāsādatala­gatām ayantritāṃ dhārayati śīte śītopakaraṇair uṣṇe uṣṇopakaraṇair vaidyaprajñaptair āhārair nātitiktair nātyamlair nātilavaṇair nātimadhurair nātikaṭukair nātikaṣāyais tiktāmlalavaṇama­dhura­kaṭukakaṣāyavivarjitair āhāraiḥ | hārārdhahāravirājitagātrīm apsarasam iva nandanavanavicāriṇīṃ mañcān mañcaṃ pīṭhāt pīṭham anavatarantīm adharimāṃ bhūmim* | na cāsyāḥ kiṃcid amanojñaśabdaśravaṇaṃ yāvad eva garbhasya paripākāya ||

tatas tasyāḥ pūrvikāyāḥ prajāpatyāḥ prathamapatnyās tāṃ bahumānāl lālitāṃ Speyer: laḍitaṃ dṛṣṭvā īrṣyā samutpannā | cintayanti: yady eṣā putraṃ janayiṣyati, niyataṃ māṃ bādhayiṣyati | sarvathopāyasaṃvidhānaṃ kartavyam iti | kāmān khalu pratisevya­mānas­ya Speyer: pratisevamānasya nāsti kiṃcit pāpaṃ karmācaraṇīyam iti | tayā aniṣṭagatiprapātanamugdhayā visrambham utpādya tathāvidhaṃ garbhaśātanaṃ dravyaṃ dattaṃ yena pītamātreṇaiva tasyās tapasvinyāḥ srasto garbhaḥ | tatas tayā dvitīyapatnyā sarvajñātīn saṃnipātya sā prathamā patnī samanuyujyate: tvayā me visrambham utpādya śātanaṃ dravyaṃ dattam*, yena me srasto garbha iti | tato ’sau prathamapatnī jñātimadhye śapathaṃ kartuṃ pravṛttā: yadi mayā garbhaśātanaṃ dravyam anupradattaṃ syāt*, ahaṃ pretī bhūtvā jātāñ jātān putrān bhakṣayeyam iti ||

kiṃ manyase nālada yāsau śreṣṭhibhāryā, iyaṃ sā pretī | yat tayā īrṣyāprakṛtayā garbhaśātanaṃ dattaṃ tena preteṣūpapannā | yat tayā mṛṣāvādena śapathaḥ kṛtaḥ, tasya karmaṇo vipākena rātriṃdivena pañca putrān prasūya tān eva bhakṣayati | tasmāt tarhi te nālada vāgduścaritaprahāṇāya vyāyantavyaṃ yathā evaṃvidhā doṣā na syur ye tasyāḥ pretyāḥ | ity evaṃ te nālada śikṣitavyam* ||

idam avocad bhagavān | āttamanā āyuṣmān nālado ’nye ca devāsuragaruḍakinna­ramahoragādayo bhagavato bhāṣitam abhyanandan* ||