Avadānaśatakam* |

paṃcamo vargaḥ |

48: śreṣṭhī

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 | śrāvastyām anyatamaḥ śreṣṭhī āḍhyo mahādhano mahābhogo vistīrṇaviśālaparigraho vaiśravaṇadhanasamudito vaiśravaṇadhanapratispardhī | so ’pareṇa samayena jetavanaṃ nirgataḥ | athāsau dadarśa buddhaṃ bhagavantaṃ dvātriṃśatā mahāpuruṣalakṣaṇaiḥ samalaṃkṛtam aśītyānuvyañjanair virājitagātraṃ vyāmaprabhālaṃkṛtaṃ sūryasahasrātirekaprabhaṃ jaṅgamam iva ratnaparvataṃ samantato bhadrakam* | dṛṣṭvā ca punar bhagavataḥ pādābhivandanaṃ kṛtvā purastān niṣaṇṇo dharmaśravaṇāya | tasmai bhagavatā saṃsāravairāgyikī dharmadeśanā kṛtā yāṃ śrutvā saṃsāradoṣadarśī nirvāṇe guṇadarśī bhūtvā bhagavacchāsane pravrajitaḥ | pravrajitaś ca jñāto mahāpuṇyaḥ saṃvṛtto lābhī cīvarapiṇḍapātaśayanāsanaglānapratyayabhaiṣajya­pari­ṣkārāṇām* | sa gṛhītapariṣkāro labdhaṃ labdhaṃ saṃcayaṃ karoti, na tu sabrahmacāribhiḥ saha saṃvibhāgaṃ karoti | sa tena mātsaryeṇa sevitena bhāvitena bahulīkṛtena pariṣkārādhyavasitaḥ kālagataḥ svake layane preteṣūpapannaḥ ||

tato ’sya sabrahmacāribhir muṇḍikāṃ gaṇḍīṃ parāhatya śarīrābhinirhāraḥ kṛtaḥ | tato ’sya śarīre śarīrapūjāṃ kṛtvā vihāram āgatāḥ | tato layanadvāraṃ vimucya pātracīvaraṃ pratyavekṣitum ārabdhāḥ | yāvat paśyanti taṃ pretaṃ vikṛtakaracaraṇanayanaṃ paramabībhatsāśrayaṃ pātracīvaram avaṣṭabhyāvasthitam* | tathāvikṛtaṃ dṛṣṭvā bhikṣavaḥ saṃvignā bhagavate niveditavantaḥ | tato bhagavāṃs tasya kulaputrasyānugrahārthaṃ śiṣyagaṇasyodvejanārthaṃ mātsaryasya cāniṣṭavipāka­saṃ­darśanārthaṃ bhikṣugaṇaparivṛto bhikṣusaṃghapuraskṛtas taṃ pradeśam anuprāptaḥ | tato ’sau dadarśa buddhaṃ bhagavantaṃ dvātriṃśatā mahāpuruṣalakṣaṇaiḥ samalaṃkṛtam aśītyā cānuvyañjanair virājitagātraṃ vyāmaprabhālaṃkṛtaṃ sūryasahasrātirekaprabhaṃ jaṅgamam iva ratnaparvataṃ samantato bhadrakam* | sahadarśanāc cāsya bhagavato ’ntike prasādo jātaḥ | sa vyapatrapitavān* | tato bhagavān sajalajaladagambhīradundubhis­varaḥ pretaṃ paribhāṣitavān: bhadramukha tvayaivaitad ātmavadhāya pātracīvaraṃ samudānītam*, yenāsyapāyeṣūpapannaḥ | sādhu mamāntike cittaṃ prasādaya, asmāc ca pariṣkārāc cittaṃ virāgaya | mā haiva itaḥ kālaṃ kṛtvā narakeṣūpapatsyasa iti | tataḥ pretaḥ saṃghe pātracīvaraṃ niryātya bhagavataḥ pādayor nipatya atyayaṃ deśitavān* | tato bhagavatā pretasya nāmnā dakṣiṇā ādiṣṭā:

ito dānād dhi yat puṇyaṃ tat pretam anugacchatu
uttiṣṭhatu kṣipram ayaṃ pretalokāt sudāruṇāt* || iti ||

tataḥ sa preto bhagavati cittaṃ prasādya kālagataḥ pretamarddhikeṣūpapannaḥ | tataḥ pretamaharddhikaś calavimalakuṇḍaladharo hārārdhahāravirājitagātro maṇiratnavicitramauliḥ kuṅkumatamāla­patras­pṛkkādi­saṃ­sṛṣṭagātras tasyām eva rātrau divyānām utpalapadmakumuda­puṇḍa­rī­kama­ndāravāṇām utsaṅgaṃ pūrayitvā sarvaṃ jetavanam udāreṇāvabhāsenāvabhāsya bhagavataṃ puṣpair avakīrya bhagavataḥ purastān niṣaṇṇo dharmaśravaṇāya | bhagavatā tathāvidhā dharmadeśanā kṛtā, yāṃ śrutvā prasādajātaḥ prakrāntaḥ ||

bhikṣavaḥ pūrvarātrāpararātraṃ jāgarikāyogam anuyuktā viharanti | tair dṛṣṭo bhagavato ’ntike udāro ’vabhāsaḥ, yaṃ dṛṣṭvā saṃdigdhā bhagavantaṃ paprachuḥ: kiṃ bhagavan asyām rātrau brahmā sahāṃpatiḥ śakro devendraś catvāro lokapālā bhagavantaṃ darśanāyopasaṃkrāntāḥ? bhagavān āha: na bhikṣavo brahmā sahāṃpatir na śakro devendro nāpi catvāro lokapālā māṃ darśanāyopasaṃkrāntāḥ | api sa pretaḥ kālaṃ kṛtvā pretamaharddhikeṣūpapannaḥ | sa imāṃ rātriṃ matsakāśam upasaṃkrāntaḥ | tasya mayā dharmo deśitaḥ | sa prasādajātaḥ prakrāntaḥ | tasmāt tarhi bhikṣavo mātsaryaprahāṇāya vyāyantavyam* | ete doṣā na bhaviṣyanti, ye tasya śreṣṭhinaḥ pretabhūtasya | ity evaṃ bhikṣavaḥ śikṣitavyam* ||

idam avocad bhagavān | āttamanasas te bhikṣavo ’nye ca devāsuragaruḍakinna­ramahoragādayo bhagavato bhāṣitam abhyanandan* ||