Avadānaśatakam* |

ṣaṣṭho vargaḥ |

59: upoṣadhaḥ

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 | tena khalu punaḥ samayena devānāṃ trāyastriṃśānām upoṣadho nāma devaputro ’sakṛdasakṛd bhagavatsakāśam upasaṃkrāmati dharmaśravaṇāya | yāvad apareṇa samayena upoṣadho nāma devaputraḥ pañcaśataparivāro yena bhagavāṃs tenopasaṃkrāntaḥ | upasaṃkramya bhagavataḥ pādau śirasā vanditvaikānte niṣaṇṇo dharmaśravaṇāya | atha bhagavān upoṣadhasya devaputrasya āśayānuśayaṃ dhātuṃ prakṛtiṃ ca jñātvā tādṛśīṃ caturāryasatya­saṃ­prativedhikīṃ dharmadeśanāṃ kṛtavān, yāṃ śrutvā upoṣadhena devaputreṇa viṃśatiśikharasamudgataṃ satkāyadṛṣṭiśailaṃ jñānavajreṇa bhitvā srotaāpattiphalaṃ sākṣātkṛtam* | sa dṛṣṭasatyas trir udānam udānayati: idam asmākaṃ bhadanta na mātrā kṛtaṃ na pitrā na rājñā na devatābhir neṣṭena svajanabandhuvargeṇa na pūrvapretair na śramaṇabrāhmaṇair yad bhagavatāsmākaṃ kṛtam* | ucchoṣitā rudhirāśrusamudrāḥ, laṅghitā asthiparvatāḥ, pihitāny apāyadvārāṇi, vivṛtāni svargamokṣadvārāṇi, pratiṣṭhāpitāḥ smo devamanuṣyeṣu | āha ca:

tavānubhāvāt pihitaḥ sughoro
hy apāyamārgo bahudoṣayuktaḥ |
apāvṛtā svargagatiḥ supuṇyā
nirvāṇamārgaś ca mayopalabdhaḥ ||
tvadāśrayāc cāptam apetadoṣaṃ
mayādya śuddhaṃ suviśuddhacakṣuḥ | Speyer: suviśuddha cakṣuḥ
prāptaṃ ca śāntaṃ padam āryakāntaṃ
tīrṇaś ca duḥkhārṇavapāram asmi ||

naravarendra narāmarapūjita
vigatajanma­jarā­mara­ṇāmayam*
bhava­sahas­rasudurlabhadarśana
saphalam adya mune tava darśanam* ||

avanamya tataḥ pralambahāraś
caraṇau dvāv abhivandya jātaharṣaḥ
parigamya ca dakṣiṇaṃ jitāriṃ
suralokābhimukho divaṃ jagāma ||

tato bhikṣavaḥ pūrvarātrāpararātraṃ jāgarikāyogam anuyuktā viharanti | tair dṛṣṭo bhagavato ’ntike udāro ’vabhāsaḥ | yaṃ dṛṣṭvā saṃvignā bhagavantaṃ paprachuḥ: kiṃ bhagavann imāṃ rātriṃ bhagavantaṃ darśanāya brahmā sahāṃpatiḥ śakro devendraś catvāro lokapālā upasaṃkrāntāḥ? bhagavān āha: na bhikṣavo brahmā sahāṃpatir na śakro devendro nāpi catvāro lokapālā māṃ darśanāyopasaṃkrāntāḥ | api tu deveṣu trāyastriṃśeṣu upoṣadho nāma devaputraḥ pañcaśataparivāro māṃ darśanāyopasaṃkrāntaḥ | tasya mayā dharmo deśitaḥ | dṛṣṭasatyaś ca svabhavanaṃ gata iti | bhikṣavaḥ saṃśayajātāḥ sarvasaṃśayacchettāraṃ buddhaṃ bhagavantaṃ papracchuḥ: kuto bhadanta upoṣadhasya devaputrasyotpattir nāmābhinirvṛttiś ceti | bhagavān āha: icchatha yūyaṃ hikṣavaḥ śrotum? evaṃ bhadanta | tena hi bhikṣavaḥ śṛṇuta, sādhu ca suṣṭhu ca manasi kuruta, bhāṣiṣye ||

bhūtapūrvaṃ bhikṣavo ’tīte ’dhvani asminn eva bhadrakalpe viṃśatisahasrāyuṣi prajāyāṃ kāśyapo nāma samyaksaṃbuddho loka udapādi vidyācaraṇasaṃpannaḥ sugato lokavid anuttaraḥ puruṣadamyasārathiḥ śāstā devamanuṣyāṇāṃ ca buddho bhagavān* | sa vārāṇasīṃ nagarīm upaniśritya viharati ṛṣipatane mṛgadāve | yāvad apareṇa samayena kṛkī rājā bhagavantaṃ darśanāyopasaṃkrāmati paryupāsanāya | yāvad dvau brāhmaṇāu ṛṣipatanaṃ gatau kenacit karaṇīyena | tābhyāṃ rājā drṣṭo mahatyā rājaṛddhyā mahatā rājānubhāvena | tayo rājyābhilāṣo jātaḥ | tābhyām anyatama upāsakaḥ pṛṣṭaḥ: bho buddhopāsaka, kiṃ karma kṛtvā yac cintayati yat prārthayate tad asya sarvaṃ samṛdhyatīti | upāsakenoktam*: ya pariśuddham aṣṭāṅgasamanvāgatam upavāsam upavasati, yac cintayati yat prārthayate tad asya sarvaṃ samṛdhyatīti | tatas tau brāhmaṇau āṣāḍhasya gṛhapateḥ sakāśād aṣṭāṅgasamanvāgatam upavāsam upalabhyopoṣitau | tadaikena pariśuddho rakṣitaḥ | sa kālaṃ kṛtvā rājñaḥ kṛkeḥ putratvam abhyupagataḥ | tasya sujāta iti nāmadheyaṃ vyavasthāpitam* | sa pitur atyayād rājye pratiṣṭhāpitaḥ ||

dvitīyenopavāsaḥ khaṇḍitaḥ | sa kālaṃ kṛtvā nāgeṣūpapannaḥ | tasyopari divase divase saptakṛtvaḥ taptavālukā nipatati yayā so ’sthiśeṣaḥ kriyate | tasyaitad abhavat*: kasyedaṃ karmaṇaḥ phalaṃ kasyāyaṃ karmaṇaḥ phalavipāko yenāham īdṛśaṃ duḥkham anubhavāmīti | sa paśyati: aṣṭāṅgasamanvāgataṃ me upavāsaṃ samādāya śikṣāśaithilyaṃ kṛtaṃ yenāham īdṛśaṃ mahadduḥkhaṃ pratyanubhavāmi | yena punaḥ samādāya rakṣitaṃ tena rājyaṃ pratilabdham iti | tasyaitad abhavat: yanv aham idānīm api tāvad aṣṭāṅgasamanvāgatm upavāsam upavaseyam* | apy eva nāma nāgayoner mokṣaḥ syād iti | tato nāgavarṇam antardhāpya brāhmaṇavarṇam ātmānam abhinirmāya rājñaḥ sakāśam upasaṃkrāntaḥ | upasaṃkramya jayenāyuṣā ca vardhayitvovāca: aṣṭāṅgasamanvāgatena me mahārāja upavāsena prayojanam* | tad arhati devo ’ṣṭāṅgasamanvāgatam upavāsaṃ paryeṣitum* | atha na paryeṣase, niyataṃ devasya saptadhā mūrdhānaṃ sphālayāmi | ity uktvā tatraivāntarhitaḥ | tato rājā bhītas trastaḥ saṃvigna āhṛṣṭaromakūpo hiraṇyapiṭakaṃ dhvajāgre baddhvā sarvavijite ghaṇṭāvaghoṣaṇaṃ kārayāmāsa: yo me ’ṣṭāṅgasamanvāgatam upavāsaṃ deśayiṣyati, tasyaitaṃ hiraṇyapiṭakaṃ dāsyāmi, mahatā satkāreṇa satkariṣyāmīti | yāvad anyatamā vṛddhā strī palagaṇḍaduhitā | tayā rājñaḥ stambho darśitaḥ: atra me stambhe pitā asakṛdgandhadhūpapuṣpārcanaṃ kṛtavān* | tam utpāṭya pratyavekṣasveti | tato rājñā pauruṣeyāṇām ājñā dattā: ayaṃ stambha utpāṭyatām iti | tato rājapuruṣaiḥ stambha utpāṭitaḥ | tasyādhastāt suvarṇapatrābhilikhito ’ṣṭāṅgasamanvāgata upavāso labdhaḥ | saha pañca copāsakaśikṣāpadāni saptatriṃśac ca bodhipakṣyā dharmāḥ | tato rājñā tasya nāgasyāṣṭāṅgasamanvāgata upavāso likhitvā dattaḥ | ṛṣipatananivāsibhiś ca dvādaśabhir ṛṣisahasraiḥ saptatriṃśadbodhipakṣyā dharmāḥ pratyakṣīkṛtāḥ | sa ca nāgo ’ṣṭāṅgasamanvāgatam upavāsam upoṣya sthalam udgamyotsṛṣṭakāyo ’vasthitaḥ | so ’nāhāratāṃ pratipaṇṇaḥ kālaṃ kṛtvā pañcaśataparivāraḥ praṇīteṣū deveṣu trāyastriṃśeṣūpapannaḥ | ato bhikṣavo upoṣadhasyotpattir nāmābhinirvṛttiś ceti ||

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