[III. The Miracles at Uruvelā]

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23: The Second Miracle
(The Four Great Kings)

Then the Gracious One, not far from the yogi Uruvelakassapa's ashram, dwelt in a certain jungle thicket. Then the Four Great Kings, They live in the lowest of the deva realms directly above the human world, and have control over the yakkhas, nāgas, kumbhaṇḍas and gandhabbas.01 towards the end of the night, having lit up the whole of that jungle thicket with their surpassing beauty, approached the Gracious One, and after approaching and worshipping the Gracious One, they stood at the four directions like a great mass of fire.

Then the yogi Uruvelakassapa, with the passing of that night, approached the Gracious One, and after approaching he said this to the Gracious One: “It is time, Great Ascetic, the meal is ready. Who were those, Great Ascetic, towards the end of the night, who, having lit up the whole of that jungle thicket with their surpassing beauty, approached you, and after approaching and worshipping you, stood at the four directions like a great mass of fire?”

“Those, Kassapa, were the Four Great Kings, who approached me to listen to the Dhamma.” This is the infinitive-like dative.02 Then this occurred to the yogi Uruvelakassapa: “Powerful and majestic is this Great Ascetic, since even the Four Great Kings will approach him to listen to the Dhamma, but he is surely not a Worthy One like I am.” Then the Gracious One, having eaten the yogi Uruvelakassapa's food, dwelt on in that very jungle thicket.

The Second Miracle (is Finished)