On Yuan Chwang's Travels in India, 629-645 A.D Volume 2

On Yuan Chwang's Travels in India, 629-645 A.D Volume 2

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1905 edition. Excerpt: ...holder (Elder) Jyotishka was born. On the left side of the road, outside the south gate of the city, was a tope where Buddha preached and ordained Rahula. The name Jyotishka of this passage, transcribed as Chu-ii-se-ka or Jotiska, is explained in a note as meaning "Heavenly body" (hsing-lih Ji ), and an old transcription is given as Shu-t'i-ka. Our pilgrim here calls Jyotishka an "Elder," using that word apparently in the sense of grihapati or "householder." This is the term applied to him in the Mahavastu.1 But in other works Jyotishka is a very remarkable layman who enters Buddha's church and becomes an arhat. His story is an interesting and curious romance related with certain variations in several treatises. An extremely wealthy man of Rajagriha (or Champa) whose wife was with child was told by theKshapanaka (or Tlrthikas), to whom he was devoted, that the offspring would be a daughter. But Buddha told the man that his wife would give birth to a son who would join the Buddhists, become very distinguished, and attain arhatship. Listening to the wicked talk and counsel of the Tlrthikas the husband killed his wife, and had her body taken to the cemetery to be buried. When the corpse was blazing the baby was seen, and at Buddha's request Jlvaka ventured into the fire and rescued the infant. As the father.refused to take charge of his son the latter was at Buddha's request, adopted by king Bimbisara, and Buddha gave him the name Jyotishka because he had been saved from fire (Jyotis). In the course of time the boy was claimed by his maternal uncle, and he rose to be a man of wealth and magnificence beyond imagination. In his house the walls were of silver and the floors of crystal, the furniture was of gold and...show more

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  • Paperback | 114 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 218g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236921127
  • 9781236921123