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805. in Prinsep's Jour- These four predictive signs are generally believed to have been witnessed at intervals of four months. Dighabhdnaka fraternity, however, assert that the four predictive signs on the same day. The Sakya witnessed all LIFE OF SAKYA. hair with the tiara still 23 attached to it,* and donned the three religious garments, with the begging pot, razor, sewing needle, waistband, and bathing peculiar to the Bhikshu, or mendicant ascetic. clad, prince the entered the city cloth; Thus Rajagriha of (fourteen miles from Graya), and begged for alms and food, which city, having collected, he retired from the and seating himself with his face to the East, ate without loathing his first mendicant meal of the broken scraps of bread which had been thrown into his begging 15.

During- prevalence the of such the beliefs, of any more rational system was certain and the triumphant career of S&kya Muni, and the success rapid propagation of his religion, much as to the defects of may be attributed former systems as to the practical character of his own cated morality, charity, abstinence, precepts, which incul- and the more speedy attainment of Buddhahood, with the abolition of caste, and of the hereditary priesthood. 8. Sakya Sinha, or Sakya Muni, the great mortal teacher of the Buddhist religion, was the son of Maya, by Suddhodana, Raja of Kapila, a petty principality near the present Gorakhpur.

2. 3. 4,5. 6. 7. 8. 9. — NO. c. d. c. — Gateway inscriptions in a more recent character Old inscription hidden by pillar of gateway Tope probably dedicated to the Supreme Buddha 1. 269 270 270 271 272 272 273 273 CONTENTS. XXYI11 CHAPTER NO. 2 TOPE. XVIII. — SANCHI. PAGE 275 2. Tope Dimensions of dome 3. Pinnacle 4. Colonnade, or Buddhist railing 5. Ornaments of 276 276 277 277 278 278 278 §1. Position of 6. Bas-reliefs 275 pillars of entrance pillars 7. Bas-reliefs of 8. Wheel Tope and wheel pillar pillar Sangha, or the united symbols of Buddha and 9.

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