ing house, to exemplify the skill of the good father in saving his children from the burning pains of mundane existence.
4. Another parable, exemplifying the skill of the wise father in leadinga child that has gone astray and lost all self-respect back to a feeling of his innate nobility and to happiness.
5. Parable of the plants and the rain, to exemplify the impartiality and equal care of the Lord for all creatures. 1 Parable of the blind man, to intimate that the phenomena have but an apparent reality, and that the ultimate goal of all endeavours must be to reach all-knowingness, vvhich in fact is identical with complete nescience.
6. Sundry predictions as proofs of the power of the Sugata to look into the future.
7. He has an equal knovvledge of the remotest past; his remembrance of the turning of the vvheel by the Tathagata Mahabhijnajnanabhibhü. Edifying history of the sixteen sons of the said Tathagata.
8. Prophecy regarding five hundred Arhats.
9. Prophecy concerning Ananda, Rahula, and the tvvo thousand monks.
10. The Lord teaches how pious preachers of the law, who will come in after-times, ought to be duly honoured, and promises that he will always protect the ministers of religion.
11. Display of the miraculous power of Qakyamuni shown in the appearance of a Stüpa, which, being opened by him, discloses to sight the frame of the expired 1 athagata Prabhutaratna, who is desirous of hearing the exposition of the Lotus ot the 1 rue Law. How £akyamuni in a former birth strove to acquire the Lotus. His great obligations to Devadatta. Episode of the wise daughter of the Ocean and her change of sex.
12. Prediction to GautamI, Yagodhara, and the nuns in their train. Promise of the host of disciples and Bodhisattvas to take up the difficult task of preaching the holy word in days to come, after the Lord's Nirvana.
13. Vocation of the ministers of religion, and practical rules for their conduct in and out of society. Parable of the king who rewards his valiant warriors; in the same manner the Buddha will reward those who struggle for his sake, by bestowing upon them all kinds of favours, at last the most valuable of his boons—eternal rest.
14. Splendid phantasmagory ofinnumerable Bodhisattvas evokedby the creative power of the Lord. Long pause, during which the Tathagata and the four classes of hearers are silent. Perplexity ofMaitreyaon hearing that the innumerable Bodhisattvas have all been the pupils of the Lord.
Cf. Bhagavad-glta IX, 29, whero Xamya.n:t declares: «I am equal tow&rds all creatures, none is hateful to me, none beloved»; samo 'ham sarvabhütesu, na me dvesyo 'sti na priyalj.