[III. The Miracles at Uruvelā]

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24: The Third Miracle
(Sakka, the Lord of the Gods)

Then Sakka, the Lord of the Gods, He lives in the heavenly realm of the thirty-three gods, which stands just above the realm of the Four Great Kings.01 towards the end of the night, having lit up the whole of that jungle thicket with his surpassing beauty, approached the Gracious One, and after approaching and worshipping the Gracious One, he stood at one side like a great mass of fire, (having colours) more brilliant, and more excellent, than the former colours.

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 was that, Great Ascetic, towards the end of the night, who, having lit up the whole of that jungle thicket with his surpassing beauty, approached you, and after approaching and worshipping you, stood at one side like a great mass of fire, (having colours) more brilliant, and more excellent, than the former colours.” “That, Kassapa, was Sakka, the Lord of the Gods, who approached me to listen to the Dhamma.”

Then this occurred to the yogi Uruvelakassapa: “Powerful and majestic is this Great Ascetic, since even Sakka, the Lord of the Gods, 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 Third Miracle (is Finished)