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Story of The Flying Buddha
The Illustrated Jataka & Other Stories of the Buddha by C.B. Varma
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On the fifth year of
his Enlightenment, when the Buddha was dwelling in Kutagarasala in
Vaishali, he saw his father on the death-bed by his divine eyes. He felt
the urgency of preaching his doctrine to his father for his spiritual
evolution, as he was just about to attain the arahatahood.
Furthermore, a war had broken out between the Sakiyans of Kapilavatthu and
the Koliyans of Kolanagara (also called Vyaghapajja) over the
water-dispute of the Rohini river – which demarcated the territories of
the two kingdoms. As the Khattiyas of the two neighbouring kingdoms earlier
enjoyed pleasant relationship; and intermarried and dined with each other,
the Buddha wanted to protect the two countries as well.
The Buddha therefore,
flew to Kapilavatthu to visit his father, and preached him to become an arahanta.
Soon, Suddhodana became an arahanta
After the death of
Suddhodana, he became the peace mediator for the Sakiyans and the Koliyans.
He thus averted the bloody feud between the two neighbouring tribes. Both
the tribes then encouraged their men to join the Sangha as a token of
gratitude for his mediation; and each extended hospitality by inviting him
as its guest. The Buddha accepted both the invitations and dwelt
alternately in Kapilavatthu and Koliyanagara.
See Samyutta Nikaya iv.341; Majjhima Nikaya i.387; Theragatha Atthakatha i.318.
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