Gavāmpati after the Buddha's
Gavāmpati said, "When the affection which is difficult to cut off has been cut off, there is no sorrow or melancholy." Gavāmpati continued, "I have lost the Great Master who transcended desire. Dwelling here in the " Tree Gardens,— what point is there in that? My Upādhyāya and the Great Master,-they have all crossed into extinction. Now I can never again return to Jambudvīpa. I shall abide in this ."
When he finished speaking these words, he entered dhyāna absorption and leapt up into space. His body radiated brilliant light and also shot forth water and fire. He touched the sun and moon with his hands and displayed all manner of spiritual transformations. From his mind he put forth fire which burned up his body. From his body he gushed forth water which descended in four streams to the place of . From within the water there came a voice which uttered this verse:
"Gavāmpati in reverence bows down [before you here],
The foremost wondrous assembly, the greatly
I hear the Buddha's extinct [now] and so follow and depart.
As when the great elephant moves on,
the young elephants follow too."
At that time, the subordinate bhik+u took up the robe and bowl and returned to the .
English translation © 1996 Dharmamitra. All rights reserved.
Reprinted with permission of Kalavinka (http://www.teleport.com/~dh-mitra/)