Then he went in the night to the
door of the Sańgha hall, knocked upon the door and called out. Mahākāśyapa asked, "Who's knocking at the door?"
The reply: "I'm Ananda."
Mahākāśyapa queried, "Why have you come?"
Ananda announced, "This very night
I gained the ending of all outflows."
Mahākāśyapa informed him, "We will not
open the door for you. You come in through the keyhole."
Ananda agreed, "It can be done
that way." Then, using spiritual powers, he went in through the
keyhole, prostrated himself in reverence at the feet of the Sangha,
repented and declared, "Mahākāśyapa, you need not censure me any more."
Mahākāśyapa rubbed the top of Ananda's
head with his hand and explained, "I deliberately and for your sake
influenced you to attain the Way. You have no enmity. I too am thus and
hereby recognize your spontaneous realization. This is like painting
with the hand in empty space. There is no staining or adhering. The
mind of the arhat is also like this. In the midst of all dharmas,
one becomes such that there is nothing to which one clings. You
may return to your original seat."
To be continued
English translation © 1996 Dharmamitra. All rights
Reprinted with permission of Kalavinka