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The Gods – Their Cars – Their Bells their Family – Part 3

The Gods   Their Cars   Their Bells their Family   Part 3
The Indra of Aisana made himself five-fold, like the King of Saudharma, and took the Lord of the Three Worlds on his lap. Of these, one held over the Lord’s head a camphor-white umbrella, giving a lesya of the quarters, as it were, with its swinging pearlpendants. Two others fanned the Lord of the Jinas with chauris dancing from joy, as it were, from the various movements of the body. Another, twirling a trident in his hand, went in front as if thinking to purify himself by the Master’s glances. Then the Indra of Saudharmakalpa created four tall bulls from crystal in the four directions from the Lord of the World. The bulls, brilliant with lofty horns, looked like pleasure-mountains made of moonstone of the four quarters. Continuous streams of water shot up in the sky from the eight horns resembling veins of Patala burst open. Separated at the source, the unbroken series of streams of water joined at the end gave the appearance of a confluence of rivers in the sky. Being seen with wonder by the goddesses and female Asuras, they fell on the Lord of the World like rivers into the Lord of Waters, The Blessed One, the first Tirthankrt, was bathed by Sakra with the streams of water flowing from the horns resembling waterworks. The clothes of the gods were wet from the Master’s bath-water going far, just as their minds were tender from devotion. Pracinabarhis made the four bulls disappear suddenly, like a magician a magic display.

After bathing him thus with great pomp, the Lord of the gods rubbed the lord’s body like a jeweled mirror with a divine cloth. Then the gods designed the eight auspicious things out of spotless silver whole-rice on a jeweled tablet in front of the Master. Vasavas anointed the Teacher of the World’s body with very precious ointment, as if with his own affection. The King of the gods made a pooja with white divine garments, giving the appearance of moonlight to the moon of the Master’s smiling face. Vajrabhrt placed a diamond and ruby diadem on the head of the Lord of the Three Worlds, a sign of being the head of all. Maghavan placed golden earrings in the Lord’s ears, like the sun and moon in the east and west quarters of the sky at evening. A long string of divine pearls, which had the appearance of a swing of Laksmi, was placed by Puruhuta on the Master’s neck. He put a pair of armlets on the arms of the Lord of the Three Worlds, like golden circles on the tusks of a bhadra elephant. On the Lord’s wrists he put bracelets of round, large pearls, resembling clusters of flowers on the branches of trees. He put a golden girdle on the Lord’s hips, having the appearance of a golden bank on a zone-mountain slope. On the Lord’s feet he put ruby anklets clinging on all sides, like the brilliance of gods and demons. These ornaments which Indra put on him for adornment were, on the contrary, adorned by the body of the Teacher of the World. Vasavas, his mind perfumed with devotion, made a pooja to the Supreme Lord with wreaths of blooming coral-tree flowers, etc.

After withdrawing a little, like one who has accomplished his purpose, Purandaras stood in front of the Lord of the World and took up the vessel for waving lights. Kausikas, because of the brilliance of the flaming lamps, looked like a great mountain with a peak which had a circle of shining herbs. The Chief of the gods caused the faithful chief-gods to rain down a heap of variegated flowers on the Lord three times. Then Sakra, after he had praised the Supreme Lord with a Sakrastava, devoted, the hair on his body erect from joy, began a hymn of praise.

STUTI

“Hail to you, Lord of the World, Sun to the lotus in the form of the three worlds, Wishing-tree in the desert of samsara, Friend for the rescue of all, this moment is to be praised in which took place the birth of you who have birth in Dharma, not having rebirth, destroying pain of all creatures. Now Ratnaprabha, O Lord, is inundated by the streams of water from your birth-ablutions, its stain washed away without effort, pure. Indeed, those mortals are blessed who will see you day and night. What are we, compared with them, since we see you only on special occasions? The whole path to salvation which has been blocked for the creatures of Bharataksetra will become manifest through you, a new traveler, O Lord. Even the sight of you gives bliss to creatures, to say nothing of your nectar-like preaching of Dharma. No one is a suitable subject for comparison with you, O you who cause passage across existence. If we describe you only as you are, in that case, what praise is there of you? I am not able to enumerate your attributes that really exist, O Lord. Who can measure the depth of the Ocean Svayambhuramana?”

After this hymn of praise to the Lord of the World, his mind fragrant with joy, the Lord of the eastern quarter made himself fivefold as before. One of these Sakras very carefully took the Lord of the World from Isana’s lap, and held him close to his heart like a secret. Other Bidaujases, skilled in the Master’s service, performed their separate tasks as before, just as if they had been commanded. Surrounded by all his own gods, the Chief of gods went through the air to the house adorned by the Lady Marudeva. Vasavas took away the Tirthankrt’s image and placed the Master in the same way near his mother. The Lord-of-the-sky took away the sleeping-charm from the Lady Marudeva, as the sun takes away sleep from the lotus. He put on the Lord’s pillow a pair of garments of fine cloth resembling a circle of lovely hansas on a river-bank. Likewise he put a pair of jeweled ear-rings on the Lord which looked like a halo that had appeared even in childhood. So Purandaras placed on the canopy above the Master to amuse his eyes a sridamaganda, made of gold leaf a golden sun rich with necklaces and half-necklaces of various jewels, like the sun in the sky.

The Gods   Their Cars   Their Bells their Family   Part 3
Then he instructed Srida: “Now, just as a cloud deposits water, quickly deposit everywhere in the Master’s house thirty-two crores each of wrought and unwrought gold and jewels; thirty-two each of round iron seats, thrones and other charming things, clothes, ornaments, etc., precious objects giving pleasure to the creatures of samsara.” Kubera at once had that done by Jrmbhaka gods. For the command of those having powerful commands is accomplished with the utterance. Then Vasava instructed the Abhiyogika-gods: “Proclaim aloud to the four classes of gods, ‘If anyone thinks anything unfavorable to the Arhat and the Arhat’s mother, his head will split into seven pieces like the clusters of blossoms of the arjaka.” They proclaimed that to the Bhavanapatis, the Vyantaras, Jyotiskas, and Vaimanikas, like pupils repeating the speech of a distinguished teacher. Then Sakra inserted nectar composed of the juice of various foods in the Master’s thumb, just as the sun puts a watery Substance in the circle of rays named amrtas. Moreover, when hunger arises, since the Arhats do not nurse or Mother, they suck their thumbs which pour out juice. The Lord of the gods appointed five Apsaras to perform all the nurses’ duties for the Lord.

Then many gods, immediately after the Jina’s bath, went to the continent Nandisvara direct from the peak of Sumeru. The Indra of Saudharma also went from the house of the son of Sri Nabhi to Nandisvaradvipa, the abode of the gods. Then Sakra descended to the Anjana mountain, named Devaramana, garden situated in the eastern quarter, the size of a Ksudrameru. There the Lord of the gods entered the temple with four doors, with a dais made of varied jewels, marked with a caitya-tree and an Indradhvaja. There he made a puja accompanied by an eight-day festival, suitable to the eternal images of the Arhats, Rsabha, etc. On the four crystal Dadhimukha Mountains which are in the great lakes in the four directions from the (Anjana) mountain, Sakra’s four Dikpalas made a fitting eight-day festival to the eternal images of the Arhats in the shrines. The Indra of Isana also descended to the Anjana mountain, always charming, situated in the north. In the same way in the shrine there he made an eight-day festival to an equal number of eternal images of the Arhats. In like manner his Lokapalas made a festival to the eternal Arhat-images on the Dadhimukha Mountains in the lakes. The Indra Camara descended to the Anjana mountain named Nityodyota, which had the continual Splendor of jewels, in the southern quarter. With great devotion, he too in the shrine there made a fitting eight-day festival to the eternal images. His Dikpalas made a great festival to the Jinas’ images on the Dadhimukha Mountains in its lakes, their minds immovable. The Indra Bali also descended to the Anjana mountain, named Svayamprabha from its beautiful clouds, located in the west. He likewise made a festival purifying the eyes of the gods to the eternal images of Rsabha, etc. His Dikpalas also made a festival to the eternal images on the lofty Dadhimukha Mountains in its lakes. After making in this way a festival on Nandisvara, the gods went each to his own abode by the same path by which he had come.

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