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BUDDHISM-AMAZING FACTS-2

Among the most singular of the claims put forth on behalf of Buddha, we may name the assertion, that though he taught the same doctrines that former Buddhas had done, all his revelations were the result of his own personal discovery, by means of intuition, entirely apart from experience, without any instruction from another, and without any aid from tradition, or from any other of the sources by which knowledge is generally communicated to man. In the interval between one Buddha and another, 'not only does the religion of the preceding Buddhas become extinct, but the recollection and record of all preceding .events are also lost' Mahawansa XXVIII Let us refer Mahapadana Sutta Deega Nikaya, to know about .the far-fetched stories about some of the previous Buddhas First Buddha Vipassi Lived before 91 Kalpa Father King Bandumathie, Mother Queen Bandumathie Lived in the city of Bandumathie Lifespan 80,000 years Attained enlightenment (became a Buddha) under a Palol tree Qanda & Tissa theras held the position of closest friends (agasaw) Asoka thera held the position of chief attendant Khastriya caste Second Buddha Siqee Lived before 61 Kalpa Father Aruna Mother Prabavathie Lived in the city of Arunawathie Attained enlightenment under an Atamba tree Abibu and Sambava held the position of closest friends Qemankara held the position of chief attendant Lifespan 70,000 years Khastriya caste Third Buddha Vessabu Lived before 31 Kalpa Father Suprathetha Mother Yasomathie Attained enlightenment under a Sal tree Lifespan 60,000 years Upasantha chief attendant Sona & Uttara closest friend Khastriya caste Four Buddhas in the present Kalpa Kakusanda Buddha Brahmin caste Father Aggidatta Mother Visaka Lived in the city of Qemawathie Buddhija chief attendant Vidhura & Sanjeewa closest friends Attained .enlightenment under a Mahari tree Lifespan 40,000 years

Konagamana Buddha Brahmin caste Father Yanjadatta Mother Uttara Devi Lived in the city of Sobawathie Attained enlightenment under a Dimbul tree Lifespan 30,000 Sottija .chief attendant Biyosa & Uttara closest friends Kasyapa Buddha Brahmin caste Father Brahmadatta Mother Dhanawathie Lifespan 20,000 Tissa & Bharathwaja closest friends Sarvamitra chief attendant Gautama Buddha last to appear in this Kalpa Born in the city of Kimbulwath Father Suddodana Mother Mahamaya Attained enlightenment under an Asathu tree Ananda chief attendant Sariyuth & Mugalan closest friends :Every time a Bodisatva is born, following incidents take place Mother dies after seven days.1 Foetus remains in the womb for full ten months.2 Delivery of the child takes place in a standing position.3 No urine or faecal matter touches the child.4 Immediately after the birth of Bodisatva child two streams.5 of water, one cold and the other warm, begin to flow from .the sky to wash the baby Immediately after the birth of Bodisatva baby, walks seven.6 (steps forward and makes the roar of a lion (Sinha naada (Source Ref: Mahapadana Sutta Deega Nikaya Tri Pitaka) Kalpa One Kalpa is considered to be one day of Brahma and according to the calculations of this world it is equal to Koti 432 .years = Million 10000000/1000000 = M 10 = 10000000 Koti 1 = 1 Kalpa = Billion 4.320 = M 4320 Koti 432 = B 393.12 = B 91 X 4.320 Kalpa 91 = B 263.52 = B 61 X 4.320 Kalpa 61 = B 133.92 = B 31 X 4.320 Kalpa 31 (Source: 'The Wonder that was India' By Dr. A.L. Basham) It is worth noting that according to the modern day scientific findings, the age of the universe is between 15 to 20 billion years. Accordingly some of the previous Buddhas have lived even before this universe had come into existence. What an !amazing story

In the first sermon preached by Buddha at Benares, he says, "Within me, priests, for the attainment of these previously unknown doctrines, the (divine) eye was developed, knowledge was developed, wisdom was developed, perception was developed, light was developed". But the claim to exclusive clearness of perception, and extend of knowledge, put forth by Buddha, is inconsistent with the power he attributed to the Rishis. In the twelve kalpas previous to Gautama, twenty four Buddhas appeared, and the doctrines of all former Buddhas are the same as those of Gautama. Then, if Kaladewala, and other Rrishis, could see backward forty kalpas, why were they not as able to tell the doctrines of former Buddhas as Gautama himself? If the tirttaka (sects of religions-non Buddhist) unbelievers could see the past in the manner that Buddha affirms, how could any of them oppose him, when, from the power to see backward forty kalpas, they must have known that their predecessors were in error? And if these men, who could receive no aid from Buddha, because they were the promoters of another system, could see the past, and learn all about it, where was the necessity for Buddha, through numberless births, to seek the attainment of the Buddhaship, in order that he might teach men the way to nirwana, when others, according to his own principles, were able to learn all that was required to be known, in order to secure the same consummation? Buddha must be wrong, on one side or the other, either when he says that his doctrines were "previously unknown", or when he says that his opponents could see ."backward "forty kalpas There are other facts that lead us to question the truth of Buddha's statement, as to men's entire ignorance of the existence and doctrines of the former Buddhas. He tells us that the Vedas were given in the time of Kasyapa Buddha. When we ask how all knowledge of the former Buddhas was lost, if the Vedas then given were still in existence, though corrupted, we are told that the oblivion of the past extends only matters connected with Buddhism, which reply is too unsatisfactory to be marketed. But there are other events that tend to shake our faith in this statement, unless the knowledge that so extensively prevailed of former Buddhas was the consequence of his own revelations, which it would be difficult to prove, as the Pitakas give no sanction to such a conjecture. Fa Hian tells

us, in reference to the hill Kakutapeda: "It is here that the great Kiashe (Kasyapa Buddha) is actually present. He perforated the foot of the hill that he might enter it, and prevented any other from entering in the same way. At a considerable distance thence, there is a lateral opening, in which is the entire body of :Kiashe (Kasyapa Buddha)". The Chinese have this formula Namo Buddaya, Namo Dhammaya, Namo Sangaya, Namo" Kasyapaya. Om! Hara, hara, hara. Ho, he, he. Namo Kasyapaya. ."Arhate. Samyak-Sambuddaya In the journals of Fa Hian the references to Kasyapa are so frequent, as to lead to the conclusion that in the age in which he visited India, this Buddha was regarded with much and widely-extended reverence. In the temple at Sanchi, there is an inscription which records that a female devotee "caused money to be given for the lamps of the four Buddhas". It is, therefore, probable that much more was known of the former Buddhas in the time of Gautama than is acknowledged by the Pitakas of Sri Lanka, who worship no Buddha but the last. That there were ever any beings in existence with endowments similar to those attributed to the Buddhas, we must again deny, from the arguments we have previously advanced, but there may have been religious teachers, sages, or philosophers, whose system was embraced and extended by the son of King Suddodana and Queen Maha Maya. In some instances honours were paid to these former Buddhas that were denied to Gautama. Fa Hian says: Dewadatta has sectaries who still subsist, these honour the three Buddhas of the past time, Shykiawenfoe (Gautama) they honour not". From this it appears that the religion founded by Dewadatta, the brother-in-law of Gautama, was yet in existence eight hundred years after his death. According to the Sri Lankan records, Dewadatta, after endeavouring in vain to reach Buddha that he might ask and receive forgiveness for his evil deeds, went to the Awichi hell, having previously been abandoned by all his disciples. But how could his followers have been led to worship the former Buddhas, and refuse to worship Gautama, if all they knew about his predecessors was derived from his own revelations? And if all Dewadatta's disciples left him prior to his death, how is it that we find his system still ?followed after the lapse of so many centuries