Avadānaśatakam* |

caturtho vargaḥ |

34: śibiḥ

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 samayena śrāvastyāṃ bhikṣūṇāṃ dvau saṃnipātau bhavataḥ | eka āṣāḍhyāṃ varṣopanāyikāyāṃ dvitīyaḥ kārtikyāṃ pūrṇamāsyām* | tatra bhikṣavaḥ pātrāṇi pacanti, cīvarāṇi dhāvayanti, pāṃsukūlāni ca sīvyanti | yāvad anyatamo bhikṣuś cīvaraṃ syotukāmaḥ sūcīchidraṃ sūtrakaṃ na śaknoti pratipādayitum* | sa karuṇadīnavilambitair akṣarair uvāca: ko loke puṇyakāma iti | bhagavāṃś cāsya nātidūre caṃkrame caṃkramyate | tato bhagavān gambhī­rama­dhura­viśadakalaviṅ­kama­nojñadundubhinirghoṣo gajabhujasadṛśabāhum abhiprasārya kathayati: ahaṃ bhikṣo loke puṇyakāma iti | tato ’sau bhikṣur bhagavataḥ pañcāṅgopetaṃ svaram upaśrutya saṃbhrāntas tvaritatvaritaṃ bhagavataḥ pāṇiṃ gṛhītvā svaśirasi sthāpayitvāha: bhagavan*, anena te pāṇinā trīṇi kalpāsaṃkhyeyāni dānaśīlakṣānti­vīrya­dh­yānaprajñā upacitāḥ | atha ca punar bhagavān enam āha: atṛpto ’haṃ bhikṣo puṇyaiḥ, labdharaso ’haṃ bhikṣo puṇyaiḥ, ato me tṛptir nāstīti ||

bhikṣavaḥ saṃśayajātāḥ sarvasaṃśayacchettāraṃ buddhaṃ bhagavantaṃ papracchuḥ: āścaryaṃ bhadanta yad bhagavān puṇyamayaiḥ, saṃskārair atṛpta iti | bhagavān āha: kim atra bhikṣava āścaryaṃ yad idānīṃ tathāgato vigatarāgo vigatadveṣo vigatamohaḥ parimukto jāti­jarāv­yādhi­maraṇa­śoka­pari­deva­duḥkha­daurmanasyopāyāsebhyaḥ sarvajñaḥ sarvākārajñaḥ sarvaj­ñānaj­ñeyavaśiprāptaḥ | yat tv aham atīte ’dhvani sarāgaḥ sadveṣaḥ samohaḥ ’parimukto jāti­jarāv­yādhi­maraṇa­śoka­pari­deva­duḥkha­daurmanasyopāyāsebhyo tṛptaḥ puṇyamayaiḥ saṃskāraiḥ | tac chṛṇuta, sādhu ca suṣṭhu ca manasi kuruta, bhāṣiṣye ’ham* ||

bhūtapurvaṃ bhikṣavo ’tīte ’dhvani śibighoṣāyāṃ rājadhānyāṃ śibir 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 śibī rājā śrāddho bhadraḥ kalyāṇāśaya ātmahitaparahitapratipannaḥ kāruṇiko mahātmā dharmakāmaḥ prajāvatsalaḥ sarvapradaḥ sarvaparityāgī niḥsaṅgaparityāgī ca | mahatī tyāge vartate | sa kalyam Speyer: kālyam evotthāya yajñavāṭaṃ praviśya annam annārthibhyaḥ prayacchati, vastraṃ vastrārthibhyaḥ | dhanadhānyahiraṇyasuvarna­maṇi­muktā­vaiḍūrya­śaṅkha­śilāpravā­lādīnāṃ Speyer: pravāḍā parityāgaṃ karoti | na cāsau puṇyamayaiḥ saṃskārais tṛptiṃ gacchati | so ’ntaḥpuraṃ praviśyāntaḥpurajanasya bhaktācchādanaṃ prayacchati, kumārāṇām amātyānāṃ bhaṭabalāgrasya naigamajānapadānām* ||

atha rājñaḥ śiber etad abhavat*: saṃtarpitā anena manuṣyabhūtāḥ, kṣudrajanto ’vaśiṣṭāḥ, kena saṃtarpayitavyā iti | sa parityaktavibhavasarvasva ekaśāṭakanivasitaḥ svaśarīrāvaśeṣaś cintām āpede | tasyaitad abhavat: kṣudrajantubhyaḥ svaśarīram anuprayacchāmīti | sa śastreṇa svaśarīraṃ takṣayitvā yatra daṃśamaśakās tatrotsṛṣṭakāyaḥ pratiṣṭhate | priyam ivaikaputrakaṃ rudhireṇa saṃtarpayati ||

śakrasya devendrasyādhastāj jñānadarśanaṃ pravartate | tasyaitad bahavat*: kim ayaṃ śibī rājā satvānām artham evaṃ karoti, uta karuṇayā? yanv aham enaṃ vijñāseyeti | tato bhinnāñjanam asivarṇaṃ gṛdhraveśam ātmānam abhinirmāya rājñe śibeḥ sakāśam upasaṃkramya mukhatuṇḍakenākṣyutpāṭayituṃ pravṛttaḥ | na ca rājā saṃtrāsam āpadyate | kiṃ tu maitrīviśālābhyāṃ nayanābhyāṃ taṃ gṛdhram ālokya kathayati: vatsa, yan madīyāc charīrāt prayuñjase, tena praṇayaḥ kriyatām iti | tataḥ āvarjitaḥ śakro devendro brāhmaṇaveṣam ātmānam abhinirmāya rājñaḥ śibeḥ purastāt sthitvā: sādhu pārthiva, dīyatām etan nayanadvayam iti | rājovāca: mahābrāhmaṇa gṛhyatāṃ yad abhirucitam*, na me ’tra vighnaḥ kaścid astīti | tataḥ śakro devendro bhūyasyā mātrayābhiprasanno brāhmaṇaveṣam antardhāpya svarūpeṇa sthitvā rājānam abhyutsāhayann uvāca: sādhu sādhu bhoḥ pārthiva, suniścitā te buddhiḥ, akampyas te praṇidhiḥ; anugatā te satveṣu mahākaruṇā, yatra nāma tvaṃ saṃtrāsakareṣu dharmeṣu viśāradoḥ | na cirāt tvam anena vyavasāyenānuttarāṃ samyaksaṃbodhim abhisaṃbhotsyase ||

bhagavān āha: kiṃ manyadhve bhikṣavo yo ’sau tena kālena tena samayena śibir nāma rājā babhūva, ahaṃ sa | tadānīm api puṇyamayaiḥ saṃskārais tṛptir nāsti, prāg evedānīm* | tasmāt tarhi bhikṣava evaṃ śikṣitavyam: yad dānāni dāsyāmaḥ, puṇyāni kariṣyāmaḥ | ity evaṃ vo bhikṣavaḥ śikṣitavyam* ||

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