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1824 edition. Excerpt: ...their disposition to meditation, their
purity from bad actions, their freedom from lusts and the constancy
of their serene calmness, his high opinion of their virtues grew
stronger, and he became the more anxious to try them. 8. He who
lives in the depth of the forest without any desire, only intent on
calmness of mind, such a man causes reverence for his virtues to
arise in the hearts of the pious..Sakra, then, the Lord of the
Devas, watched the time when the maid-servant, after gathering her
provision of eatable lotus-stalks, as white and tender as the teeth
of a young elephant, washed them and arranged them in equal
portions on lotus-leaves with the green hue of emeralds, taking
care to adorn each share by adding to it some petals and filaments
of the lotuses. After announcing the mealtime to the holy ascetics,
as usual, by the noise of the clashing pieces of wood, she
withdrew. At this moment.Sakra, with the object of trying the
Bodhisattva, made the very first share disappear (from the
lotus-leaf). 9. When mishap arises and happiness disappears, then
there is opportunity for measuring the constancy of the virtuous,
as it cannot fail to start into view. When the Bodhisattva, coming
to the place of the first share of stalks, perceived that the
eatable stalks were missing on hib lotus-leaf, while the adornment
of petals and filaments was disarranged, he thought: ' Somebody has
taken my share of food.' Then, without feeling agitation or anger
in his heart, he went back to his hut, where he entered upon his
practices of meditation, as he was wont to do. Nor did he inform
the other holy ascetics of the matter, to avoid grieving them. And
those again, thinking it to be a matter of course that he had taken
his share of the stalks, took their...
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