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The Gods – Their Cars – Their Bells their Family – Part 1

The Gods   Their Cars   Their Bells their Family   Part 1
In the meantime attended by the gods living in the twenty eight lacs of palaces, aroused by the sound of the bell Mahaghosa, the Lord of the Aisanakalpa, carrying a trident, having a bull as a vehicle, seated in a car Puspaka made by the Abhiyogya Puspaka, descended on the south of Aisanakalpa by an oblique path to Mt. Ratikara in the northeast of Nandisvara and, having contracted his car like the Indra of Saudharma, quickly went before the Blessed One on Mt. Meru with devotion. Sanatkumara, surrounded by gods living in the twelve lacs of palaces, came in the car Sumanas. Mahendra, accompanied by gods of eight lacs of palaces, came quick as thought in the car Srivatsas. Brahma, attended by gods of four lacs of palaces came to the Master’s presence in the car Nandyavarta. Lantaka came to the Jina’s presence in the car Kamagava with gods of fifty thousand palaces. Sukra came to the peak of Meru in the car Pritingama, with the gods of forty thousand palaces. Sahasrara with the gods of six thousand palaces came to the Lord of Jinas with the car Manorama, The Indra of Anata and Pranata came in the car Vimala with gods of four hundred palaces. The Lord of Arana and Acyuta with gods of three hundred palaces came in great haste in the car Sarvatobhadra.

Then the thrones of the Indras of the Bhavanavasins and Vyantaras living in Ratnaprabha within the thickness of the earth shook. In the city Camaracanca in the assembly-hall Sudharma, the Asura Camara, seated on the lion throne Camara, knew the Jina’s birth by clairvoyant knowledge and had the bell Oghasvara rung by Druma, the chief of his infantry, to inform the people. Attended by sixtyfour thousand Samanikas, thirty-three Trayastrinilas, four Lokapalas, five chief-queens, three councils, seven great armies and their seven commanders, sixty-four thousand body-guards in each direction and by other powerful princes also, the Asura got into a car fifty thousand yojanas square, adorned with a great banner five hundred yojanas high, which had been made at once by an Abhiyogya- god, and set out with the desire to perform the birth-festival of the Master. Having contracted his car on the road like Sakra, the Asura Camara went to Meru’s peak purified by the Master’s arrival. Bali, the Asura lord of Balicanca, attended by sixty thousand Samanikas who had been summoned by the general Mahadruma, who first rang vigorously the bell Mahaughasvara, and by the fourfold body-guard, the Trayastrinsas and the other gods, like Camara, went quickly to Mt. Mandara, the home of joy. The Indra of the Nagas, Dharana, accompanied by six thousand Samanikas, the fourfold body-guard and six chief queens, and by other Nagas awakened by the general Bhadrasena by ringing the bell Maghasvara, ascended the jeweled car twenty-five thousand yojanas square, adorned with an Indradhvaja* two hundred fifty yojanas high, eager for a sight of the Blessed One, and in a moment stopped on the peak of Mt. Mandara. Bhutananda, the Nagaindra, attended by the Samanikas and others summoned by Daksa, the chief of the infantry, ringing the bell Meghasvara, ascended the car made by an Abhiyo gika-god and went to Mt. Meru occupied by the Lord of the Three Worlds.

The Gods   Their Cars   Their Bells their Family   Part 1
The Indras of the Vidyutkumaras, Haris and Harisaha; the Vasavas of the Suparnas, Venudeva and Venudarin; the Indras of the Agnikumaras, Agnisikha and Agnimanava; and of the Samiranakumaras, Velamba and Prabhanjana; the chiefs of the Stanitas, Sughosa and Mahaghosa; likewise of the Udadhikumaras, Jalakanta and Jalaprabha; Purna and Avasista, the Purandarass of the Dvipakumaras; likewise Amita and Amitavahana, Indras of the Dikkumaras, (came to the peak of Meru).

Among the Vyantaraskala and Mahakala, Pisaca-indras; Svarupa and Pratirupa, Bhutapurandaras; the Yaksa-kings, Purnabhadra and Manibhadra by name; Bhima and Mahabhima, Indras of the Raksases; Kinnara and Kimpurusa, the chief lords of the Kinnaras; Satpurusa and Mahapurusa, lords of Kimpurusas; Atikaya and Mahakaya, Mahoraga-purandaras; Gitarati and Gitayasas, Vasavas of the Gandharvas; and in the same way the sixteen Indras of the eight classes of Vyantaras Aprajnapti, Pancaprajnapti, etc., came together.

The Indras of the Aprajnaptis, Sannihita and Samanaka; Dhatr and Vidhatr, the Adhisvaras of the Pancaprajnaptis; Rsis and Rsipalaka of the Rsivaditakas; likewise Isvara and Mahesvara of the Bhutavaditas; and the Indras, Suvatsaka and Visalaka of the Kranditas; Hasa and Hasarati, Haris of the Mahakranditakas; Sveta and Mahasveta, Purandaras of the Kusmandanas; Pavaka and Pavakapati, Indras of the Pavakas; and innumerable suns and moons of the Jyotiskas came. Sixty-four Indras as named came to the peak of Meru.

The Indra of Acyuta instructed the Abhiyogika-gods: “Bring the paraphernalia for the Jina’s birth-ablutions.” Then, after going a short distance to the northeast in a moment and attracting the best Substances by means of a vaikriyasamudghata, they created water-pots a yojana high, gold, silver, made of jewels, gold and silver, gold and jewels, gold, silver and jewels, silver and jewels, and earthenware, beautiful, one thousand and eight of each. Then they offered vases, mirrors, jeweled boxes with bases, plates, cups, and flower-baskets, likewise made of gold, etc., of each one the same number as of the water-pots as if prepared beforehand. Having taken the water-pots, the Abhiyogika-gods took water from the Ocean of milk, like clouds. From it they took white lotuses, blue lotuses, and red lotuses, as if to show to Haris a token of (the taking of) the waters. They took lotuses also from the Ocean Puskarardha, like water-carriers with water-pots in their hands from a pool. At the tirthas, Magadha, etc., of Bharata, Airavata, etc., they took water and clay as if to make additional pitchers. They took with them water from the great rivers, the Gangas, etc., freely, like customs officers samples. Going to Ksudrahimavat, they took the best perfumes of mustard flowers and also all the medicinal herbs, as if they were deposits.

From the lake named Padma on it, they took water and lotuses, white, fragrant, pure. Likewise they took lotuses, etc., on the other mountain-ranges, eager in this one task, as if rivaling each other. In every zone and also in the Vaitadhya provinces, they took water, lotuses, etc., insatiable for them like the Master’s favor. They took various objects, purifying and fragrant, from the Vakshashkar Mountains, as if they were their wealth piled up. Energetic, they filled the water-pots with water from the Devakurus and Uttarakurus as they filled themselves with joy. In Bhadrasala, Nandana, Saumanasa, and Panduka they took everything, the best gosirsa-sandal, etc. After mixing together the fragrant Substances and water, they went quickly to Mt. Meru.

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