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.THE LIGHT OF ASIA.
Translations Miscellaneous Poems. in one i2mo Comprising both the above volumes volume. red-hne border. PEARLS OF THE FAITH. ^2. ROBERTS BROTHERS. gilt. Comprising and the Indian Song of Songs.00. By and Edwin Arnold. editions and he copyright on every copy Purchasers of other deprive him of this right of an author to hold property in his books. bound in cloth. Hero Leander. by him. By Edwin Arnold. EDWIN ARNOLD'S handsome POEMS. Arnold's receives writings are the only American editions authorized sold. Boston. . and gilt edges. With comments in verse from Oriental sources. Islam's Rosary. Publishers. Our editions of Mr.UNIFORM WITH THE ''LIGHT OF ASIA:' POEMS. i6mo. of Ninety-nine Beautiful Names various OR. Being the Allah.
THE LIGHT OF OR. BOSTON: ROBERTS BROTHERS. THE GREAT RENUNCIATION (MAHABHINISHKRAMANA). M. . BY EDWIN ARNOLD.A. THE LIFE AND TEACHING OF 5|tinct of GAUTAMA. IntJia an* JFountct of 33uB!iI)ism (AS told in verse by AN INDIAN BUDDHIST). 1883. ASIA.
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and at this number day area surpasses. the founder A Buddhism. from Nepaul to and Ceylon over the whole Eastern Peninsula China. of which theless existed during twenty-four centuries. might of and even India itself empire included magnificent of fairly belief the be for though the part passed profession Buddhism has for the of most mark away from the land its birth. the present time. Siberia. and Four hundred seventy millions of our race live die in of the tenets of Gautama . by of the medium and imaginary and of Buddhist votary. any and other creed. in the of its followers form of and the its prevalence. to depict the life that character indicate the philosophy Prince Gautama noble hero reformer. of India. In the of an following and Poem I have sought. this Central Asia. Japan.PREFACE. Thibet. Swedish in Lapland. ago great generation of little faith or of nothing was known in had never Europe this Asia. . and the at spiritual dominions this ancient teacher extend.
seul son preche . to therefore. and of but appear with highest. vertus II est le modele abnega de toutes les charity.viii PREFACE. est " Sa sa vie n'a point conviction de tache. agree and misconceptions. one tion. in the particulars. revealed personality. who united the truest prince of a ly qualities the of intellect sage and the pas sionate devotion a martyr. et si constant qu'il hdroisme 6gale .. son tion. though sources of imperfectly cannot most in the existing the information. II prepare silencieusement . of Gautama's sublime teaching is and stamped ineflaceably clearly due More moral whose upon modern Brahmanism. Barth^lemy St. and beneficent. sa inalterable douceur . overlaid Discordant in frequent sorely by corruptions. many points Buddhism. is well cited by Professor Max Miiller saying Son of as Prince Sidddrtha. holiest. as he does. owe their religious ideas this illustrious prince. ne se ddmentent point un instant.. excep gentlest. history Thought. la th^orie pr^conise sont fausse. of the most characteristic are habits to and convictions the Hindus the benign a influence of of Buddha's precepts. inven yet tions. les qu'il exemples person nels qu'il achev6 donne irr^prochables. totally misjudging. of Hilaire. the Buddhistical books one point of which mars in the recording nothing the perfect no single and act or word ness of purity tender this Indian with teacher. Even M. than and third mankind.
the immortal ity of a boundless and love. on as need not be doubted. il la la il propage par la seule puissance de la de persuasion meurt pendant plus d'un ses demi-siecle.c. when other and himself. the record to that The extravagances which disfigure referred and practice of Buddhism which are to be inevitable degradation priesthoods always . proudest assertion ever made of human freedom. I take rfefuge in Buddha ! The Buddha he really about this poem if. of existed and was born the borders b. the indestructible element of faith in final good. et quand entre les bras de a disciples." c'est avec sa la serdnite d'un sage qui pratique le bien toute vie. disobeying Forests and " his of date. which has in it the eternity of a universal an hope. at Nepaul. vrai. are have given him fervent worship.. this most other creeds are youthful compared witl) venerable religion. point of age. 620 B. et qui est assure d'avoir trouve le given To Gautama conquest has consequently been of this stupendous humanity . declared to and though even all he discountenanced ritual.C. on the threshold of Nirvana. be only and what men might become man the love gratitude of -Asia. therefore.PREFACE. countless millions of lips " daily of repeat the formula. In died about 543 Kusinagara in Oudh. IX sa doctrine par six ann^es de' retraite et de meditation parole et . flowers daily laid upOn his stainless shrines.
that taken the period when when Jerusa lem was was being falling to a by Nebuchadnezzar. As to these there has prodigious controversy among the erudite. minds was of instance and startling modern established thoroughly accepted by the Hindus Buddha's time . because. purpose con of has been obtained if any just conception be here veyed of the lofty character of this noble prince. system exposition offered and antique is of necessity incomplete. The Marseilles here was founded of so by the Phocaeans." I have to put my poem into a Buddhist's mouth. the by in terpreters . could been of otherwise naturally for The doctrine to Transmigration. inflict power upon great and ideas committed to their charge. point of they should be from the Oriental view . But my well as over the long Gautama. and Nineveh Medes. passes in obedience to the laws of poetic art rapidly as by many matters philosophically ministry of most important.X PREFACE. have the philosophy so which it embodies. appreciate regarded the spirit of Asiatic thoughts. . reproduced. by that innocent but arisen on lazy and cere of monious church which has foundations the Buddhistic Brotherhood or " Sangha. and nor neither the miracles which consecrate this record. The sublimity of Gautama's their original not doctrines their should be estimated nor by influence. arid the general purport of arisen his doctrines.
here indicated and "Nirvana. London. I which both ability of wanting beg that the shortcomings my too-hurried in the study may be forgiven. . C.PREFACE. brief intervals of It has been without composed days leisure. Finally.S. 1879. The views. but is inspired mutual by an abiding desire to aid in the better knowl edge of when East and West. Xl who will be aware that I have as taken the imperfect in Spence one Buddhistic citations and much they stand Hardy's work. for to me. in of reverence of to the illustrious Promulgator in homage to the many noble this " Light Asia. and also of a never or firm that third of mankind would have been brought to believe in blank abstractions. I Indian hope." the other chief features of Buddhism. how ever. are at least con the fruits viction of considerable a study. passage have also modified more than in the received of narratives. EDWIN ARNOLD. ness as in Nothing the issue and crown of Being. " The time may come." and eminent scholars who have devoted repose and labors to his are memory. " this book and my of Song of Songs will preserve the memory one who loved India and the Indian peoples." "Karma.I." "Dharma. July.
All-honored. Best. Wisest.THE LIGHT OF ASIA. Book tf)e JFtrst The Scripture of the Saviour of the Lord Buddha In Earth and World. and the Law. Prince Sidddrtha Heavens and styled on earth Hells Incomparable. Below the highest Who rule our sphere four Regents them sit world. Thus came he to be born again for men. and under are zones . The Teacher of Nirvdna most Pitiful .
dreamed that star from heaven Splendid. Nearer. just King. but high. where saintliest spirits dead again Wait thrice ten thousand years." Buddha " will go again " to help I the to "Yea ! spake He." Under the southward snows of Where pious people live and a Thatnight the Maya the Dreamed wife of King Suddhodana. I will go down among Sakyas. for birth me and death End he'nce for those the who learn my Law. Himalay. waiting in the five that sky.2 THE LIGHT OF ASIA. " and said World. a Queen. in color rosy-pearl. Came for our sakes sure signs of birth So that the Devas knew the signs. six-rayed. a asleep beside her strange dream . Lord. Lord Buddha. then hve And on . Whereof the token was an Elephant Six-tusked and whiter than Vahuka's milk . noW go help and the World This last of many times .
With and the world's heart throbbed.BOOK THE FIRST. And when the dawned. come Uprise. morn. child ! conjunction with The Queen shall bear a boy. the Uve who die. The strong hills that blow shook . whisper pierced. A tender " and into " all the deeps it said." The dead and that are to Hve. mortal mother's filled her light And over half the earth a lovely Forewent the Sank lulled . . the waves all flowers by day came forth As 'twere high noon . her. hear. breast. down to the farthest hells Passed the Queen's joy. ' Shot through the Entered her Bliss beyond void and. shining into the right. a holy all Of wondrous wisdom. good The grey dream-readers The Crab is in The dream is the Sun . over and a wind blew unknown freslmess morning lands and seas. said " and this was told. womb upon Awaked. profiting flesh. and hope ! Buddha is ! " Whereat in Limbos numberless much peace Spread. Oh ye. as when warm sunshine thrills Wood-glooms to gold.
Of which the But when great news to the Palace came. if he In this wise was the holy Buddha bom. thirty two. for all And. The Of rock hard flow. while.4 Who Or shall THE LIGHT OF ASIA. Palsa in the Palace-grounds. deign to rule. he by gave out a limpid stream crystal So brought she forth her child Pangless having and on his perfect form The marks. ready for the bath. temple-shaft. With crown of straight as a glossy leaves the time fragrant blooms . and A stately trunk. forth a And Earth put thousand sudden flowers To spread a couch. her days fulfilled. deliver men from will ignorance. knowing The conscious come things knew make - tree bent down its boughs to A bower about Queen Maya's majesty. Queen Maya Under a stood at noon. they brought the painted palanquin . of blessed birth ." rule the world.
To fetch him home. came down And took the poles. come down they who write men's deeds the Angel of the East. Kumbhandas. in gold. with their pomp invisible. horsemen. horses. yet most mighty that gods . and Whose hosts Targets Whose With are clad in silver robes. Knowing Lord Buddha thus was come again. ride blue steeds. sapphire shields : the Angel of the steeds West.BOOK THE FIRST. the bearers the of the poles Were the four Regents From Mount Sumeru On brazen plates of Earth. and gods Walked free For Heaven with men day. These. though men knew not . . Environed On yeflow by his Yakshas. in caste and outward garb Like bearers. the With coral shields : the Angel all of North. was filled with gladness for Earth's sake. riding blood-red. the bear of pearl : the Angel the of South. But King Suddhodana wist not of this . By Nagas followed. bearing shields of gold.
seven gifts he has - Chakra-ratna. the trees and Were hung on with lamps flags. born to bear his King . to rule Chakravartin. Istri-ratna. The crafty Minister. looking with this wondrous should boy. . Hasti-ratna. the gem . troubled. clouds that proud steed Which tramps the The . a snow-white elephant. nautch-girls in their spangled skirts and round bells chime light laughter their restless feet . of till his dream-readers Augured A a Prince earthly dominance. which gifts loveHer than the Dawn. each such as rise Once in The thousand years . rope-walkers. The For The the grace. charmers. and the General wife of peerless Unconquered. jugglers." ways were in the street. The horse. while merry crowds Gaped The The That the sword-players and posturers.6 The portents THE LIGHT OF ASIA. King gave order that his town keep High festival . therefore the Rose-odors sprinkled swept. disc divine . the Aswa-ratna. swingers.
woven webs So fine twelve folds hide Waist-cloths sewn not a modest face . "evening-sky" and nard and jade. Beaters of drum and twanglers of the wire.BOOK THE FIRST. age and Wondrous in lore he was by fasts . they called Savarthasiddh. wrestlers. ihick with pearls. Bringing. caught heavenly sounds. rich gifts trays . so and sandal-wood Homage from tribute Their Prince cities . The masquers wrapped in skins of bear and deer. drawing nigh. Long closed to earthly things. Siddartha. 'Mongst the - strangers came A grey-haired saint. Asita." Briefer. goat-shawls. " All-Prospering. quail-fighters. Who made the people happy by command. one whose ears. The tiger-tamers. . Turkises. Him. Moreover from afar came merchant-men. In golden on tidings of this birth. tint. And heard at prayer beneath his peepul-tree The Devas singing songs at Buddha's birth. seeming so reverend.
from thy royal root Heavenly not Lotus springs : Ah. on our longed to die . who lately Thee. King saluted.8 The THE LIGHT OF ASIA. fills the And Love's dropped A ' world with Wisdom's scent honey . O'King human tree myriad years ! This is that Blossom Which opens once in many But opened. laid his waste visage there. not so ! " and thereupon he touched Eight times the dust. flesh the Law and save all Who learn the Law. Howbeit I have seen Know. of The The soft curled tendril the Swastika. and Queen Maya such made To lay her babe before he saw holy feet . He ! Saying. The eighty lesser tokens. the foot-sole marks. for a sword must pierce . though I shall never hear. Queen. happy House ! Yet all-happy. And thou wilt preach Thou art Buddh. man cried But " when the Prince the old Ah. I see " O Babe ! I worship ! Thou art the rosy light. and sacred primal signs thirty two. Dying too soon.
9 sweet Thy bowels Dear to for this boy whilst thou.BOOK THE FIRST. . and wait countless Devas worship her radiant Attendant on that Motherhead. a But for the Babe they found foster-nurse." Painless thou shalt attain the close of Which fell : for on the seventh evening more. and waked no Passing Where content to Trayastrinshas-Heaven. glories and the sufferings of a Buddh. great Queen ! all gods and men for this sacred birth. Queen Maya smiling slept. woe. When The careful th' eighth year passed King bethought to teach his should son All that a Prince learn. for stiU he shunned The too The vast presage of those miracles. Henceforth art grown too for more And life is woe. Princess Mahaprajapati Nourished her breast the with noble milk lips of Him Whose lips comfort the Worlds. therefore in seven days pain.
eyes bent down before the this Scripture. voice King ! Viswamitra is the wisest The farthest-seen in Scriptures. great he asked. And." Sage." In learning." "Who is the " wisest man. and Thus Viswamitra came and heard commands . sirs. and his writing-stick. . So. and the best all. who said. the rim. only High-born hear : Om. in full council of his Ministers. the Prince Took up his slate of ox-red sandal-wood. should To teach my Prince that which a Prince know ? ' Whereto " gave answer each with instant one. the verse Child.ID THE LIGHT OF ASIA. of All-beautified And by gems around sprinkled smooth with dust emery. and stood These took With " he. write " speaking which slow " Gdyatri named. on a day found fortunate. and the manual arts. tatsaviturvarenyam Bhargo devasya dhimahi Dhiyo yO na prachodaydt.
then One. and by tens child hundreds. Madhyachar." After him the . Mangal. To to ten. but many . The Magians Of all and dwellers on the nations all strange scripts he traced One after other with his writing-stick. Mana. Tirthi. in every tongue . Parusha. Darad. Ni. the mounds . Let us It is enough. And those who flame the adore and the sun's orb. Uk. four. Yava. one quickly on the dust he drew Not in The script. II " Acharya. After Your me repeat numeration till we reach the Lakli. two. to numbers. I write. Sikhyani. Nagri characters sacred verse and Dakshin.BOOK THE FIRST. three. thousands. The pictured writings and the speech of signs. Tokens of cave-men and the sea-peoples. Of those who worship snakes beneath the earth." meekly and repKed The Prince. Reading the master's verse " And Viswamitra said.
Named The " digits. round lakh reached. centuries . till Antah-Kalpas. kumuds. decads. but softly the murmured on Then comes k6ti. abab. nor paused. for the the ocean drops . Khamba. calculus of circulars Sarvanikchepa. th' More comprehensive scale. . nahut. by With To the which you deal we . attata. Koti-Katha. arithmic mounts By Of the all Asankya. Ingga.come all the sands of Gunga. But beyond that The The a numeration is. which is the tale ten thousand years the drops that in on all Would fall the worlds by daily rain . where the unit is If one seeks The sands of ten crore Gungas. of night Katha. gundhikas. the utmost grains Which last is how Of Hastagiri you count ground to finest dust . By pundartkas unto padumas. used to count the stars . . ninnahut. To viskhamba. and utpalas.12 THE LIGHT OF ASIA.
lance lance-length ." The Gods compute future and their " 'Tis good. staff". it that I " should teach The mensuration of the lineal? Humbly " the boy replied. joints wherefrom we reach the cubit. give the finger-joint. while twenty lengths . by their the which past.BOOK THE FIRST. twelve Whereof ten The span." the Sage rejoined. likhyas ten Yukas a yuka. ten those build nie trasarene. Paramanus ten of A parasukshma make . ten of seven motes whisker-point of mouse. Bow-length. One The and seven trasarenes mote's-length floating in the and beam. ten heart of barley. If these thou know'st. which is held the grain Seven times a wasp-waist . so unto Of mung and mustard and the barley-corn. T3 Thence unto Maha Kalpas. "Acharya ! " Be pleased to hear me. needs " Most noble Prince. a these One likhya .
Yet softly- yet so wise . he cried. sweet not I. Master ! if it please. and know'st Which reverence Lord Buddha kept to Albeit beyond their all his schoolmasters. I worshijD thee." Prostrate before the "Art Teacher Art Guru. I shall recite how many sun-motes he From end to end within a yojana. the little Prince of Pronounced the total the atoms true. taught . Whereof A yojana a gow is forty. That of boy . and. thy teachers thou. Prince ! comest to my school all without besides. mannered . princely of mien. is named a ' breath. learning in speech Right gentle. four times that . modest. Oh. . on " But Viswamitra heard it his face For thou." Thereat." only to show Thou knowest Fair reverence the books.14 Mete Such what THE LIGHT OF ASIA.' which is to say space as man may stride with lungs once filled. deferent. with instant skill.
Save Nor as strange names for things felt by kings. though of fearless blood . 1 5 And tender-hearted. or if his princely dream mates Saddened to Swept o'er lose. would ofttimes yield His half-won Fetched race because the or laboring steeds painful breath . But it befell In the Royal A flock garden on a day of spring. voyaging To their nest-places on Hiraala's breast. No bolder horseman in E'er rode the youthful in gay chase of the shy gazelles No keener driver In of the chariot mimic contest scaured the Palace-courts . . Yet in mid-play the boy would ofttimes Letting the deer pass free . if some wistful his thoughts. not or tears.BOOK THE FIRST. leaves as a great tree grows from two soft spread its shade afar . pause. And ever with the years Waxed this Even To compassionateness of our Lord. ever to be felt. north of wild swans passed. band . but hardly yet Knew the young child of sorrow. pain.
and loosed wing a wilful shaft Which found the Broad-spread to So that it Bright wide of the foremost swan gUde upon the free blue road. Caressed it into As peace with light kind hour palms soft as plantain-leaves an unrolled . calmed its quick heart. Prince Siddartha took the bird Tenderly Sitting And.1 6 THE LIGHT OF ASIA. all so little knew the of pain That curiously into his wrist he pressed . Devadatta. scarlet blood-gouts staining the Which seeing. the bitter arrow fixed. with a as soothing touch the Wild thing's fright. And The while the left hand held. rested it in his lap Lord Buddha sits with knees crossed. the right hand drew laid cruel steel forth from the wound and on Cool leaves Yet ' and healing honey boy the smart. Composed its ruffled vans. Calling in love-notes down their snowy line The bright birds And flew. fell. Pointed his bow. up. cousin of Prince. by fond love the piloted . pure plumes.
" But the swan fives . no man's in the clouds. some one came who said. And turned tears to soothe his bird " Then A swan. 1/ The arrow's barb. stirs. things and which shall be mine By right now of mercy love's lordliness. you send He bids " Nay. Will ? " quoth Siddartha. by teach what within me That I shall compassion unto men And be a speechless world's interpreter. with and winced to feel it sting. slayer if the bird were dead To send it to the might be well." Give me my prize. hath but killed in this wing. again.Cousin. "The wild thing.BOOK THE FIRST. my cousin The god-like speed which throbbed white And Devadatta answered. The first of myriad Say no ! the bird is mine. is his who fetched it down ." me pray it. but fall'n 'tis mine. For I know. My Prince hath shot which fell among the you send " roses here. Then our Lord Laid the swan's neck " beside his own smooth cheek And gravely spake. Living 'Twas or dead. fau. .
The gods come ofl:times thus ! So our Lord Buddh Began his works of mercy. said. Yet not more Knew he Which. the more savior of a life Owns Who The the living thing than he can own sought to slay the slayer spoils and wastes. went joyous to its kind.1 8 this THE LIGHT OF ASIA. he was gone . give cherisher sustains. man's alone . " But on another day the King Come. all him the bird " : Which judgment Sought And out found just . In full divan the business had debate. and And many thought this Till there " thing many that. being healed. Let him And submit this matter to the wise we will wait their word. if the Prince disputes. but. some one saw a hooded snake glide forth.' as yet of grief than that one bird's." So was it done . said. Abating Not accursed flood of woe. . arose an unknown priest who If life be aught. but when the King the sage for honor.
" land and of wells and gardens. small all the thickets rustled with life . So they rode Green grass. who drove Planted both feet upon leaping share To make the of furrow the ran deep . yield Sweet son ! and see the pleasaunce earth of And how the fruitful is wooed to Its riches to the reaper . the fat soil rose and rolled smooth dark waves back from the the plough . And And all the jungle laughed with nesting-songs. palms The tinkle And where rippling the the water it glad earth 'broidered it lemon-grass.BOOK THE FIRST. how my realm Which shall be thine when the pile the flames for King's bright me Feeds all its mouths and keeps chest filled. All up down the rich red loam. the steers Strained their strong shoulders in the creaking yoke Dragging In the ploughs . among the rang. blooms. Fair is the season with new leaves. forth to sow With balsams Elsewhere and spears of were sowers who went . Into a and cries of plough-time. I9 the spring. where.
and the Prince saw Saw and rejoiced. far some drums beat for marriage-feast : All things spoke peace and plenty.tiger hung above the pool. he this rose of The thorns How the which grow upon life : swart peasant sweated for his wage. golden air The kites About the sailed circles . marked Goading their velvet flanks : then he. In the mango-sprays The sun-birds flashed . and how he great-eyed oxen through the flaming hours. at and creeping things Pleased the spring-time. bee-eaters hawked Chasing Striped The The The the purple butterflies . bee. alone at his green forge Toiled the loud coppersmith . off The blue doves The village cooed from every well. But. painted temple peacocks flew.20 THE LIGHT OF ASIA. urged Toiling The for leave to live . picked. too. . the mynas perked and nine brown sisters chattered in the thorn. beneath. pied fish. squirrels raced. beetle. looking deep. Of lizard. egrets stalked among the in the buffaloes.
from the worm Who himself kills his fellow j seeing The hungry ploughman and his the laboring kine. Their dewlaps blistered The rage with to live which makes all " Hving Is strife The Prince Siddartha " sighed. this. robbed both of how the fish-hawk it had seized The fish-tiger The shrike that which . see Tliat happy earth they brought me forth to ? How salt with sweat the peasant's bread ! how hard The The No oxen's service ! in the brake how fierce war of weak and strong ! Go i' th' air what plots ! refuge e'en in water. 21 How lizard fed And kite on on . chase chasing the bulbul." he said. aside show.'' A space. and and snake on him. So the fair grim Veiled vast. which Of mutual murder. bitter yoke. and let me muse on what ye .' ant. savage. : which did The jewelled butterflies Each slew a slayer and till everywhere in turn was slain.BOOK THE FIRST. show Life living one upon death. conspiracy to man.
intent On thoughts to save . So saying. remedy.22 THE LIGHT OF ASIA. What its far So vast a source and whence its pity filled him. And know the sacred presence of the pure. looking downward. statues sit with ankles crossed As holy and first began of To meditate this deep disease life. while from the grove a voice . Then. Whose free " wings faltered passed What power superior draws feel all from our flight? " They asked. spirit passed That by their stress his princely from To ecstasy. first step of " path. the tree. Of sense and purged mortal taint self." There flew High overhead that hour five as holy they us ones. for spirits force divine. such wide love For living things. the boy the attained thereat Dhyana. they Crowned with a rose-hued beheld the Buddh aureole. and. such passion to heal pain. the Under a good Lord Buddha seated him jambu-tree.
Let be the King's son ! till the shadow goes Forth firom his heart my shift. 23 Cried." shadow will not . the jambu-tree's Stayed in Lest the And he one quarter. came Descend and So the Bright Ones And sang a song of praise. overspreading him. folding their wings. though the past. sun hastened to the western hills : Yet. head . sloped rays should strike that sacred who saw this sight heard a voice say. Then journeyed on. while all shadows moved." shall help the world.BOOK THE FIRST. taking good news lo Gods. But certain from the King seeking the Prince noon was Found him And the still musing. Amid the blossoms " of the rose-apple. " Rishis ! this is He worship.
The when our Lord was come to eighteen years. midst of which Siddartha provided strayed at Some And new delight every hour . rich. Suramma. of veined marbles. cool for summer one of burned bricks. King commanded that there should be built Three stately With One And cedar houses. Delicious Streams were their names. with blue tiles bedecked. Ramma. warm for days . . wandered wild and musky thickets stretched. heat . bud Pleasant at seed-time. With many In a bright paviUon and fair lawn will. when the champaks Subha. one of hewn winter square beams lining.Booft tfje SecDitlr. Now. gardens round about them bloomed. for life was happy hours he knew.
This and what my dream-readers foretold. " ! how the old Rishi He said. King of kings and this Or he Of shall tread the sad and lowly path self-denial and of pious pains. 25 With youthful blood at quickest .'' : Bethink ye. and ye will counsel me . Shall be of universal dominance. if he would rule ? " . yet still came The shadows of his meditation back. called his Ministers spake. ye are sage. all Trampling A the neck of his enemies. clouds. more dear to than mine heart's blood. is lost keeping . when all Gaining Worth who knows what good. As the lake's silver duUs with driving Which the " King sirs marking. incline and to this his wistful eyes Do But still amid my palaces. How may his feet be turned to that Where proud road they gav'e should walk. me boy.BOOK THE SECOND. and all fair signs come true Which him Earth to rule. is in my heart .
Fairer than pale Dawn 1 when she wakes This do." And But the all thought good. of heaven forgot. Maharaja ! love weave cure these thin distempers . The Will eldest " answered. the spell Of woman's wiles about his idle heart. . some one will seem a Paradise. lordly spirits. " If we seek him wives. Roams the barasingh Until the fated As for less Some face arrow flies . pretty stay lips balm ? soft wives and playfellows . he the " will smile And sweetly Then said shun joy he knows of. my King Command a festival . of What knows this Eyes that Find him make noble boy beauty and yet. King answered. The thoughts A girl's ye cannot with brazen chains hair lightly binds. for him. pluck what blossom pleases." not another. Love chooseth ofttimes with another eye And if To we bid range Beauty's garden round. some form the world. charms.26 THE LIGHT OF ASIA.
and the Prince rich Would give the prizes. when the lovely his seat. wherefore upon a day bade the young and beautiful command Pass to the palace. all in shawls and cloths . one or There shall be those who mark if two Change the fixed sadness of his tender with cheek . Eyelashes lustred Fresh-bathed Of gayest the soorma-stick. something for all." This thing The criers . And. smoothed and her dark hair newly with bound. So flocked Kapilavastu's Each with maidens to the gate.BOOK THE SECOND. and the tilka-spots stamped bright. give and sports that Sakyas use. and scented . 2/ Where the In realm's maids shall be competitors youth and grace. And cheat his Highness into seemed good happiness. So we may choose for Love Love's own eyes. . slender hands and feet new-stained With crimson. Let the Prince the prizes to the victors pass fair. The richest for the fairest judged. for 'twas in To hold a court of pleasure.
was of all
those Indian giris
the ground, for
More than the Their
fluttering hearts, he
With down-dropped lids her gift,
And if the
Beyond her rivals worthy
a scared antelope
fled to join her
divine he seemed. her
and saint-like and above
Thus filed they, The
the prizes spent,
Came young Yasodhara,
radiant girl approached.
hke Parvati's ;
and she alone
On the boy's gaze, her stately
Is there The
the Prince replied,
This for amends, dear sister, Our
of whose grace
city boasts ;
therewith he loosed
from his throat,
and silk-^oft waist
from the look sprang love.
when enlightenment was
Lord Buddha Took fire
why thus his heart Sakya girl.
A hmiter's son, playing
beneath the firs
Like hares One
their playful rings ;
Plucked from One
eyed pheasant and
fir-apples ; but
Came first for
his heart's love beside.
And in the And in the
they lived many
seed shoots after rainless
Thus I And That
death turns round,
till there passed
Great Suprabuddha's child, Yasodhara ;
And how And
at sudden sight of
she gazed on
Passed in their speaking
lure ; take
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Ardjuna. and griefs. noble both. and drew his rein." If I have dared too Then Nanda And set a much in seeking challenged for the arrow-test brazen drum six gows away.BOOK THE SECOND. let my rivals prove her. And Nanda The flower and of royal fine. it seemed . 33 Whom Devadatta claimed. Ardjuna six and Devadatta eight But Prince Siddartha bade Ten gows them set until his drum from off the Une. Leaped to the And cried. till the Riding his white horse Kantaka. otherwise fed. hke perchance in joys when the Prince saw sweet Yasodhara. " earth from Kantaka's broad worthy of back. Otherwise housed than And But yet so kings. Prince came of all youths there. Astonished at this great strange world without : Also Siddartha On gazed with wondering eyes all those people bom beneath the throne. which neighed. silken Brightly he smiled. He is not this pearl Who is not worthiest . .
34 A cowry-shell THE LIGHT OF ASIA." he said hath none A bow And fit for Sakya lords to " use ? " one said. Then they loosed. And Devadatta drove Through both a well-aimed shaft sides of his mark. Thrummed it low laughing and drew the twisted string Till the horns " kissed. Ardjuna his." he cried. But he. so that the crowd Marvelled and cried . with silver With bound. There is Sinhahanu's since we bow. more not love. and sweet Yasodhara Dropped the Lest gold sari o'er her fearful eyes. taking sinews their bow and lacquered cane. And Nanda pierced his dmm. Strang. but strung wire. for target. when. that weapon of a man ! " They Laid brought the with gold ancient bow. nor " draw if it be Fetch me. its wrought of black steel." Kept in the temple Which " know not none can string. arrow she should see her Prince's of fail. the thick belly . " snapped : That is for play. tendrils on branching curves . a Which none stalwart arms could draw span.
past reach of eye. drave its And the keen arrow clove the sky. like wing loud Thrilling sang forth at so clear and That feeble folk "What is this " home that day inquired sound?" and people answered them. Its strength across and twice Siddartha tried then spake " his knee. Then Devadatta And clove a challenged with the sword. and six fingers thick . and Right through that farthest But skimmed drum. my The cousins but they could not bring . Talas-tree . .BOOK THE SECOND. fitting fair a shaft. eye upon bent the bow. nor stayed flight. It is the sound of Sinhahanu's bow. ! " Shoot now With this. which.Ardjuna seven Nanda through nine . the plain beyond. SUpped home the lightly leaning. an eagle's and twanged Sharply the cord. the notch. and goes Which the ICing's Then son has Strang to " shoot . the air. 35 Like bison-homs . he drew and loosed. stubborn arms a hand's-breadth nigher use Then the Prince. cut .
led by three chains. " And Nanda cried. But two such stems together grew. who watched. to earth That ere the foam fell from mouth Twenty " spear-lengths he flew but Nanda said. Fierce-eyed. Trembled anew His turned ! and the maid seeing the trees erect. men see We too might win with such as Bring an unbroken horse. High-mettled. nobly-bred. and at one both stroke. for no rider yet . Siddartha's blade flashing Keen. both green crowns Then brought they steeds. unsaddled. Crashed in the sand. Unshod. him. with nostrils wide and tossing mane. but Left even white Kantaka so the fleetest far behind his swift. and Blew light breaths from the south. but so smooth " that the edge straight trunks upstood." and let Who best A stalUon can back as So the syces brought dark night.36 THE LIGHT OF ASIA. clean-felled. and three times scoured Around the maidan. of Until the Devas the air. Kantaka .
eyes. would have him. speaking some low word. but the grooms ran Fettering " the maddened beast. by the foot Ardjuna." Let go the chains. and. the Lashed the black The proud flank. Laid his right palm across the stallion's And drew it gently down the angry face. 37 Had crossed him. Then all men Let not Siddartha a meddle with this Bhut. bidding loose the chains.BOOK THE SECOND. and shook bit. and held jaws fast with grasp of master-hand. only Ardjuna held His seat awhile. Whose liver is Red flame . slain tore him down. . Give With me " tempest. So that in The storms of wrath and rage and fear savage staUion circled once the plain Half-tamed . his forelock which he held quiet grasp. in cried. but the hot Furiously reared. Three times each young Sakya steed Sprang to his mighty and back. but Gripped And sudden turned with naked teeth. and his blood " but the Prince said. In dust flung them to the plain and shame . and. only.
It was in our hearts to find thee best. men astonished saw the night-black Sink his fierce crest and stand subdued and As though he knew our Lord and. so that the people said. worshipped him. Nor stirred he while Siddartha mounted. Being dearest. the the treasure thou Then at a word lovely Indian the girl Rose from her A place above throng. Of manhood yet what magic taught thee more 'mid thy rose-bowers and thy dreams Than war and chase and world's work bring hast to these ? won. horse meek. of then Went soberly to touch Before " knee and rein all eyes. and took crown of mogra-flowers and lightly drew The veO of black and gold across her brow." But wear. father " of the maid. for Siddartha is the And all the suitors answered " He is best ! " And Suprabuddha. Said." Strive no more. best.38 THE LIGHT OF ASIA. . fair Prince. And Till all along the neck and panting flanks.
BOOK THE SECOND. his neck she hung the fragrant wreath. and and why wore this black gold. And all Dear Prince. behold me. heart beating with heart. 39 Proud pacing To where past the youths. who am thine ! the throng seeing them and pass Hand fast in hand. Unto me This For was unknown. Before the Prince Her face Then And And on celestial lowly she bowed. on his breast she laid her perfect head. until she came Siddartha stood in grace divine. " And the World-honored answered. " stooped " to touch his feet with proud glad Saying. which New lighted from the Its strong neck night-dark steed. the albeit it seemed half known . . Long after when enhghtenment was come They She prayed Lord Buddha touching all. The veil of black and gold drawn close again. while wheel of birth and death turns round. and bared beaming with glad love . eyes. bent meekly underneath his arm. and stepped so proud.
set A tigress. grass I. savage. Black-broidered like the Wore for me Yasodhara in that wood . who am Buddh. Amid the beasts that Met in my fellows then. with roamed Himala's hanging woods. remember. my striped and hungry kind . of man and Sniffing the paths for track were deer. strife waxed With tooth and while underneath a neem The fair beast watched us bleed. and buried lives ago. was males at war . hot the claw.40 THE LIGHT OF ASIA. at the end she came Snarling past this and that torn forest-lord . myriad rains What time I A tiger. come back. thus fiercely wooed. or underneath the stars I roamed for prey. deep jungle or by reedy jheel. Past things I now and thoughts. insatiable. couched in the kusa Gazing Which with green blinked eyes upon the herds death pastured near and nearer to their Round my day-lair . And I remember. The comehest of the forest. her hide veil fit with gold.
coming The The seven steps close. 41 Which I had conquered. The two straws the reddened " milk.BOOK THE SECOND. betokened love tiU death . : " Then the grey father Spake Worshipful Prince. She that vas ours henceforth is only thine . . floated the rice on thrown. being was Lord as of heaven marriage feast kept. The sweet cake broke. spread." wheel of birth and death turns low and Therefore the A willing spoU maid was given unto the Prince . and when the stars were good Mesha. Sakyas use. . the arm-threads and attar tied. high. taken thrice around the on fire. gifts bestowed holy men. The garments of the bride and bridegroom tied. amorously. golden gadi set. " Which. the alms And temple offerings made. and with me went steps. The The the Red Ram. and with fawning jaws Licked my quick-heaving Into the The 'wild with proud flank. the carpet The wedding garlands hung. the mantras sung.
So that in Like all earth no marvel was Vishramvan. feet.42 THE LIGHT OF ASIA. the blue Ranged in white ranks against untrod. With songs and trampets. Northwards The stainless ramps of huge Himala's wall. who hath her life in thee. Murmuring ado^wn from Himalay's broad waves. out the world. ." Where^with thfcy brought home sweet Yasodhara. there rose Midway A wide palace-grounds verdant whose base Rohini bathed. to the Prince's in aU. And love was all Yet Alone trusted the not to love King . To bear its tribute into Gunga's Southward a growth of tamarind trees and sal. in those hill the Prince's pleasure-place. Be good to htr. arms. save ifthe city's hum bees soared Came Hum- on the wind no harsher than when out of sight in thickets. love's prison-house Stately and beautiful he bade them the build. Thick Shut set with pale sky-colored gajithi flowers.
wonderful whose uplands vast. green slope and icy hom. the terraced on hill. with towers flank and pillared cloisters round. 43 Infinite. Riven ravine. Fronting this set the bright pavihon up. And lifted Shoulder universe of crest and crag. Beneath the With snows dark forests spread. sharp laced leaping cataracts and veiled with clouds : Lower Wlrere grew rose-oaks and the great fir groves echoed pheasant's call aijd panther's of wild on cry. until to stand in heaven and speak with gods.BOOK THE SECOND. Clatter sheep the stones. Its beams Radha Sita were carved with stories of old time and Krishna and the sylvan girls and Hanuman and Draupadi . and scream Of circhng eagles : under these the plain the Gleamed hke a praying-carpet at foot Of those divinest The builders Fair-planted On either altars. and shelf. . and spHntered precipice Led chmbing thought higher It seemed and higher.
scarlet. And on the middle porch God Ganesha. fish and Gleamed through their crystal. doors The threshold alabaster. gold. Great-eyed The blown gazelles blue. birds palms alcoves browsed wing grey. painted roofs Through latticed galleries. of marble wrought. White with pink veins . By winding ways of garden and of court The inner gate was reached. wreathing his sidelong trunk. sedately . red roses of rainbow Fluttered among the Built their . the lintel and lazuli. cut in pictured panelling . wisdom and wealth With disc and hook to bring Propitious sate. the Sandal-wood. in sunny . stately stairs. With lotus and nelumbo where cool fountains and fringed danced. Whereby to lofty halls and shadowy bowers on Passed the delighted foot.44 THE LIGHT OF ASIA. 'neath And clustering columns. green and safe nests on gilded cornices . doves. Over the shining pavements peacocks drew watched The splendors of their trains.
so that in each part lovely sights were gentle faces found. . his sleepy the coils Under the moon-flowers.BOOK THE SECOND. yellow sunbirds whirred from bloom to bloom. And brown-eyed where musk-deer played. The The plum-necked parrots swung from fruit to fruit . each one glad To gladden. that gives sunned Fortune to households. 45 By milk-white herons and the small house-owls. And With With Soft all this house of love was peopled fair sweet attendance. proud to obey . -But innermost. The timid lizards on the lattice basked feed from Fearless. like a smooth stream by perpetual flow'rs. monkeys chattered to the crows. glided beguiled. For the squirrels ran to peace : hand. Beyond the richness of those hundred halls. spent A secret chamber lurked. where skiU had All lovely fantasies to luU the mind. TiU life Banked pleased at pleasure. all was the shy black snake. Yasodhara Queen of the enchanting Court. speech and willing service.
bright . For whether it was night or day none knew. bordered round the tank And on the steps. and aU along the frieze With tender inlaid Cool It as work of agate-stones. and silken beds. and in the laid midst a tank Of mUky Of marble built.46 THE LIGHT OF ASIA. Here. sweet . the sunbeams dropped niche. Lifted to take only the loveUest in. gate For there beyond the the chamber was. silvery. and with slabs miUf-white marble . Day paused and grew Eve and silence at that bower's gate . Their gold. As if the very In love and dim. to tread in summer-time on snows was to loiter there . passing into porch and Softened to shadows. The entrance of it was a cloistered square Roofed by the sky. a wonder of ! fell Soft light from Of On perfumed lamps through windows nakre and stained stars of lucent film golden cloths outspread. tlie world Beautiful. more always streamed that softened light. And heavy splendor of the purdah's fringe. and. pale.
Wlio fanned the sleeping And With when eyes of the happy Prince. dark-browed ministers of love. and charm Of amorous songs and dreamy dances. Unked By chime And of ankle-beUs and wave of arms silver vina-strings . cup-bearers. but And always as tender as the eve's breathed sweet airs. spread.BOOK THE SECOND. and night and day Delicious foods Sherbets And With And Of were and dewy fmits. while essences Of musk and champak and the blue haze spread From burning by spices soothed his soul again To drowse sweet Yasodhara . and thus Siddartha lived forgetting. more joy-giving breath . . Than sunrise. and cymbaUers. new chiUed with snows of sweetmeats made of subtle daintiness. he waked. cup. sweet tree-miUi in its own ivory night and day served there a chosen band nautch girls. Himalay. 47 . but And night and as cool as midnight's day lutes sighed. DeUcate. led back his thoughts to bUss whispering through the music blooms. Than morning's.
wail of mourners. Sorrow. hid. In the or pain. a and grim fume of pyres.48 THE LIGHT OF ASIA. I too vast for man. If drooped lovely Court her dark glance dim. and shall see . shadow of this fate. her feet Faint in the. And every dawn the The dead leaves dying rose was plucked. h-m grow May fade. her woe. And where aches and plagues were. dance the guiltless criminal Passed forth an exile from that Paradise. tears and fears. brooding the empty eggs of thought. The No King commanded that -within those waUs or mention should be made of death one age. belike. Lest he should see and suffer at Bright-eyed mtendants watched to execute Sentence on such as spake of the harsh world Without. 'Twas treason if In tress thread of silver strayed of singing-girl or nautch-dancer . or sickness. " aU evfl sights removed : For said the King. Furthermore. If he shaU pass his youth Far from And The such things on as move to wistfulness.
Where love But far A around that pleasant prison-house was gaoler and delights its bars. Suffer no man gates." : This on your lives even though it be my . Opening." King of kings and his Wherefore. Also the noise of that prodigious gate a yojana. was heard full -half And inside this And another gate he made. the removed from sight King bade build massive waU. over each was set a faithful " watch . though he should be the Prince son. and in the waU a gate With brazen Back on folding-doors. bolted barred. and Three mighty And gates there were.BOOK THE SECOND. And the King's To pass the order said. 49 To that great stature of fair sovereignty When he The shaU rule aU lands glory if he of wiU rale time. hinges which but to roU their asked a hundred arms . yet within another through the three that Must one pass if he quit Pleasure-house.
Her fond hands fanning and slow " He would start up cry. In which calm home of happy life and love woe. plague.aSoolt tfic Efjirti. nor death. Ligged our Lord Buddha. Bringing Thus strange merchandise from that black head ofttimes when he lay with gentle Lulled on the dark breasts of Yasodhara. Save as when sleepers roam dim seas in dreams. world! I hear ! I know I I " come " 1 " And large she would ask. What ails my Lord ? with eyes terror-strack . voyage. nor pain. his sleeping Uds. My world ! Oh. And land awearied on the shores of day. . nor age. and his visage Uke a god's. For at such times the pity in his look Was awful. knowing nor not of Nor want.
set And bid the A vinas sound . i What pleasure have of our changeful pain What pleasure hast thou of thy changeless bliss t Nay. And to his ears they sang such words as these : We are the voices of the wandering wind. there were joy in this . on these things strings. nor whither life doth . 5I Then would he smile again to stay her once tears. ! as the a wind is so is a mortal life. A moan. Which Lo moan for rest and rest can never find. brief voices breathed shifting . if Are but love lasted. a strife. Wherefore and whence we are ye cannot know.BOOK THE THIRD. are as ye ghosts from we the inane. storm. But Prince Siddartha heard the Devas play. there notes and where the wind Could Unger Wild o'er its play at wiU music makes the wind on silver strings And those who lay around heard only that . a sob. all But life's way is the wind's way. but they stringed gourd on the siU. go Nor We where life springs are. sigh.
Maya's 1 wake ! slumber not again ! We are the voices of the wandering wind : Wander thou. could they know. Leave love for love of lovers. So say These . This life ' they cling to is but empty to bid a cloud a river with show Twere all as well to stand. thine hour is nigh t sad world waiteth in its misery. . thy rest to find . its round The blind world stumbleth on child of pain . To thee know'st not yet as we of earthly things pass away.52 THE LIGHT OF ASIA. for. too. O Maya's Moan son / because these we roam the eavth we upon strings . deliverance make. Yet mock we while we wail. . mocking. . lovely shadows wherewith thou dost play. So many woes we see in many lands. O Prince. So many streaming eyes and wringing hands. But thou that The art to save. Rise. Or hold running the hand. So sigh we. we make no mirth. passing who we o'er the silver strings. and for woe's sake Quit state for sorrow.
Treads from the as the Lord day gold. Whom unkno'wn. Yas6dhara. distant. ? But thou. not happy we we might succor if knew of them ? Ofttimes I marvel. Of lovfc. 53 Thereafter it befell he Amid his beauteous Of sweet sate at eve Court.- beam. thy pearl pearl for thanks. my ! is there so wide a world Is there a land which sees the great sun roll Into the waves. holding the hand told voice Yasodhara. the sun at night sank into seas. sighing.BOOK THE THIRD. her. and are there hearts like ours. And where where pale peoples dwelled. " Chitra brings me back The GWe wind's song in the strings with that fair tale. Then spake he. and lands Wondertul. and of a magic horse. east his kingly road of Who first The on the world's edge the hath hailed his oftentimes. . and some maid With breaks An ancient of music when her rich hour of dropped tale to speed the dusk. it may be of Countless. children of morning .
bright wife. ! O Chitra ! you that fairyland ! ? Where tether they that swift steed of the tale My To palace for one day upon his back. fair Prince ! . There must be many we should love at how else ? Now have I in this hour an ache. of ride and ride and see the spread the earth I Nay. arms and on thy breasts. To pass with at the sun's decline. if The I had yon caUow vulture's plumes carrion heir I of wider realms than mine How Light And would stretch for topmost Himalay. on where the rose-gleam lingers those snowS( strain my gaze with searching what is ? round 1 Why Tell have I never seen and never sought me what Hes beyond our brazen gates.54 Even in thine THE LIGHT OF ASIA. girl Thy soft lips cannot kiss away know of oh." Then one repUed. : last. Sore have I panted. him into that crimson west And see the peoples of the evening. " The city first.
And then the and the gardens." And The next King Bimbasara's realm. WiUs that his chariot be yoked at noon. mankind. maidans. bid " 'tis time he see ! But let the criers go about and My No city deck itself." Siddartha. jungle. so there be met noisome sight and let none blind or maimed. . and the groves. forth. and vast flat world. 55 The temples. fresh on fields. then folk. and no feeble folk Therefore the stones were swept. koss koss ." shaU ride and see Whereof they told the King : " Our Lord. With nuUahs. and afterwards fields.BOOK THE THIRD." leper." That he may ride abroad and see " Yea ! " spake the careful King. said with crores on crores of " " Good. None that is No sick or stricken deep come in years. thy son. and up and down . yoke let the word be sent That Channa To-morrow I my chariot at noon beyond.
" with dram all gong. King commands that there be or seen to-day evil sight : let no ohe blind maimed. The paintings on the walls were heightened up with With liberal The idols brush. in the four-went ways Suryadeva 'Mid A and the great gods shone shrines of leaves . gilded . nor bring them ou) Thus Suddhodana commands. No leper. The water-carriers sprinkled all the streets scattered From spirting skins. and Also the criers passed. and no feeble folk forth. burn his dead TiU nightfaU. l^one that is sick or stricken deep go in years. the trees set thick flags. And trimmed the tulsi-bush before their doors.56 THE LIGHT OF ASIA. Proclaiming loudly. The No Ho ! citizens. too. so that the city seemed capital of some enchanted land. the housewives Red powder on fresh their thresholds. strung new wreaths." So all was comely and the houses trim . Let none.
let him realms it is to reign in like this ! pleased simple pleasure is. And sweet my here. yon should those children know ? I pray take up Who How How pretty Sakya and boy ride with me. Snow-white. What have I done for these to make them thus ? Why. 5/ Throughout Kapilavastu. which drew. Wrinkled with swinging dewlaps the carved and and huge humps yoke. if I love them. if these be ! Because I I come abroad How many things need not if such little households hold city full of smiles Enough to make our ! . and glad Siddartha folk sight of aU those Uege and friendly Bright-clad " and laughing as if life " were good. against lacquered Goodly it was to mark the people's joy waxed Greeting At their Prince . men it likes me weU ! And ligtit and kind these sisters that are not kings. Fail is the world. who toil and tend ." he said.BOOK THE THIRD. painted while the Prince two steers Came forth in car. flung good us flowers.
All crying. " J^aif jail for kept Prince Thus aU the path was with gladsome looks word was And filled That with fair sights for the King's such should be when midway in the road. Their silken some stroked flanks. Crept forth An old. throwing wreaths. foul. whereof some ran Before the oxen. haggard and man. with was his back load of many days. whose shrivelled skin. a joyous crowd Thronging about the wheels." So passed they through the gates. His eyepits red with rust of ancient tears. his toothless jaws the fright to see Wagging So many with palsy and and such joy. of and let me see this gracious world I have not known. old a wretch in rags. His dim orbs blear with rheum.58 THE LIGHT OF ASIA. Clung Bent like a beast's hide to his fleshless bones. More Channa ! through the gates. One skinny hand . some brought them our noble rice and 1" cakes. Drive. where Slow tottering from the hovel he hid. sun-tanned.
Channa ! what Let be ! let be I who seems a thing is this man. Are men being so bowed. had wrenched " Alms ! " Then those around his feeble feet again. Sweet Prince I . The Prince ! dost " ? get thy lair I " But that Siddartha cried. and groaning 'mid his spasms. I " good people To-moTrow or the next day he then the cough Choked him. 59 Clutched And a worn staff to prop his quavering the ridge of Umbs. ? What meaneth ' so horrible. Yet surely only seems. So miserable. and stood BUnking. so sad bom ' sometimes thus ? he Moaning Finds he to-morrow or next day I die ? no food that so his bones jut forth ? piteous one? " " What Then woe hath happened to this answer made the charioteer. and thrust " him from the see road Saying. one was pressed upon ribs breath. give.BOOK THE THIRD. to Aside. but stiU stretched his palm. ! for I die Whence " came " in gasps the " heavy painful Alms ! moaned he.
the burns black . His eye bright. is this for her. And The Gunga. Then spake the Prince . great Sir I : " charioteer repUed. Some fourscore years ago his back was straight. spake Why should your Highness heed?" Then the Prince " But shaU this come to others. if I shaU live as long ShaU I be thus . should or to aU. little Hasta. Or is it " rare that one be as he ? " " Most aU noble. wiU and wit strength and filched his wick . and if Yasodhara old age Live fourscore years. WiU these grow if quoth they Uve so " But. than an aged man. shaU " even as long. Gautami." he. spark What life he keeps is one poor lingering is Which flickers for the finish : such age ." the Prince. lamp has lost its oil. and his body goodly : now The thievish Pillaged his His years have sucked his sap away.60 This is no other THE LIGHT OF ASIA." answered Channa. Jalini. and the others? " " Yea.
Sighing. seen and drive me to my house again ! think to see. Nor tasted he the white cakes nor the fruits Spread for the evening While the best Nor spake feast. close that night and thmst day our breaths grew Time would in between to filch away as My The passion and thy grace. both grow old. Sweet ! he said. and bowed. for it wiU end. sad of mien and mood . weak. 61 " Turn back. with Nay. it must such comfort that my soul Aches. fade to grey ." I have that I did not Which pondering. So though locked up love and hfe lips one. " " Hath " not my Lord " comfort in me ? " Ah. Yasodhara ! and Loveless. to his beauteous Court Wistful returned Siddartha. unlovely. nor once looked up charm : palace-dancers strove to save one sad thing and when wofuUy Yasodhara sank to his feet wept. we old. from yon black Night which steals rose-gleams peak. thinking And we shaU end.BOOK THE THIRD.
The glorious. but a strong wind blew. and dashing it dust . Broad.62 THE LIGHT OF ASIA. who sate upon the foremost the others beast . fear was ten huge elephants. ." makes men So through that night Sleepless. This have I with found. And The aU that night King Suddhodana dreamed troublous dreams. he sate Who old. silver tusks the and feet that shook the earth.King's son followed him. Time. uncomforted. And bore it The With second who took the spoiled siUc up eastward from the city gates. all my heart is fixed to think how Love its sweetness Might save from the slayer. And And And are not seen to fade. of The first fear his vision was a flag sun. gUstening with a golden mark of Indra . march Trampling And he Was the southem road in mighty . Rending Into the its folds divine. all my heart is darkened its dread. whereat a concourse came Of shadowy Ones.
scattering Gems of most from both hands. was a wheel which The fourth fear With And nave of turned and turned. Striving to seize those treasures as they feU . RoIUng The around the sky and far sixth fear the was a tower. And in the car the Prince Siddartha sate. burning gold and jewelled spokes. 63 The third fear of the vision was a car. . which four steeds drew. away. Snorting white smoke and champing fiery foam . which rose and rose High o'er city tiU its stately head clouds. lovely Ught. wliich beat with an So that the sound pealed Uke a thunderstorm. and on Shone crowned with the top tne Prince and Stood. strange things written on the binding tire. iron mace. the set down Midway On between the city the Prince and hiUs. as this way rained that. it whirled. Shining with blinding fight. and if it Jacynths and rubies the whole world came.BOOK THE THIRD. Which seemed both fire and musi^". as The fifth fear was a mighty dram.
quarters. " for I The The vision of his sleep . to none By " guise a hermit. know me this.64 Towards the four A noise of THE LIGHT OF ASIA. These But seven fears his made the vision of his sleep. O Maharaj ! . Bowed reverent and " said. but to the gate there aged man. walking disconsolate. in robe of deer-skin clad. King was wroth. none of all wisest dream-readers Then the to my Could tell their meaning. who. and behold their six men Who wept and gnashed teeth. And " There ye cometh evil house. when he heard sevenfold mysteries of the midnight dream. can read Bring me King." none of have wit to help me What the great gods portend sending So in the city Because the Which An men went sorrowful King had dreamed seven signs of fear came none could read . But the seventh fear was waiUng. he cried. Saying. and laid their palms Upon their mouths. known before the .
. where thou didst flag cast Broad. the days pass kalpas that pass at The ten The ten In great elephants shook the earth great gifts of wisdom signify.BOOK THE THIRD. length. The mighty dram whereon the Prince S did beat. For there is And as change with gods not less than men. gold Thy The son from doubt and gloom to gladsome wheel that turned with nave of buming Was that most precious Wheel of perfect Law Which he shaU turn hi sight of aU the world. did signify the and Of old faiths beginning of the new. see a Whereof the first. The four flame -breathing horses of the car Are those four fearless virtues which shaU bring light . And glorious. whence shaU arise splendor than the sun's ! these seven fears are seven joys. 65 I hail this favored A wider-reaching Lo ! aU House. shaU quit strength whereof the Prince his state And shake the world with passage of the Trath. gilt with Indra's badge end down carried out.
doth signify of The thunder of preaching the Word grew Which he shaU preach . of 0 King I . Then turned A . rejoice Convince fooUshness. are the six chief teachers whom thy with bright truth of and speech unanswerable. his hermit-rags This wiU be Beyond fine And in So cloths of gold. and lowly made The eight prostrations. the tower that of to heaven The growing Sets forth .66 TiU the sound THE LIGHT OF ASIA. touching thrice and passed the ground . was thy dream ! shaU faU. filled the aU lands. The To untold of the Gospel those rare this Buddh scattered thence and jewels treasures are of that good Law gods and men dear and desirable. but when the King bade send rich gift after him. The fortune Than . . the messengers ." seven nights and days these things spake the holy man. son Such is the interpretation But for those six men of the tower weeping with shut They ShaU. mouths. my Lord the Prince is and more kingdoms.
" I pray let me view as such was " his prayer King Suddhodana. so pleasant to waste and woful " finishing you In Time's Our city To dry it sands. the brazen doors A doubled guard. if its waves This life Ran not of man. is.BOOK THE THIRD. But the sad King MarveUed. Yet who shall shut out Fate ? For Was once again the spirit of the Prince moved to see this world beyond his gates. but Save The a within was none grey owl which fluttered from the shri:ie. Be and gave command that new delights compassed to enthraU Siddartha's heart Amid those dancers Also he set at aU of his pleasure-house." gods come sometimes thus. " We came to where he in At Chandra's temple. 67 entersJ Brought word. Your the Majesty folk before In tender heed hath warned .
if not weU content. mind." King said. To put away iU things faces and common sights." And bid them bring me tidings of his . I shaU come more contented to their peace again. Therefore. and workday deeds. not yet have I learned This is daily life. through the streets. Their simple usual ways. And the " my servants. Note how the falcon New from his Cometh of every sight hood. let with me go at wiU To-morrow. kings. me. but what a quiet eye freedom . would I know the people and the streets. Jkid make their glad to gladden And all the causeways gay . Fain my to the realm and thee. father. mend Belike this second flight may starts at the first. let my son see all. father."58 THE LIGHT OF ASIA. Or wiser. and if I stand Nearest. among his Ministers. And lives Give which those men live who are not me good leave. I pray thee. dear Lord gardens ! to pass unknown Beyond my The happy .
eets aUve with hum noon. war of words to cheapen this or the road. The singing bearers with the palanquins. The broad-necked hamals sweating in the sun. . The Prince Which Channa passed beyond the gates. doors back robe. 69 Thus on the morrow. the fly-swarmed shops. opened to the signet of the King . grain. The housewives bearing water from the weU With balanced chatties. The strong slow oxen and their rustUng loads. by the common way afoot. stone shout to clear huge wheels. and when the noon was come. things of the glad and sad the town of : painted str. The traders The buyers The The cross-legged 'mid their spice and with their money in the cloth. and athwart their hips sweetmeat The black-eyed babes . Yet knew It was not they who rolled the great the King's son in that merchant's And in the clerkly dress his Forth fared they charioteer. Mingling Seeing The with aU the Sakya citizens.BOOK THE THIRD. the that.
The blacksmith with a mattock and a spear Reddening Where The' together in their his coals. the a grave school round Guru. the miUstones grinding meal.70 THE LIGHT OF ASIA. and and green . The dyers stretching Wet from the vats waistcloths sun orange. camel-drivers rocking on the humps. through. in half-moon. gods Sakya children sang the mantras And learned the greater and the lesser in the rose. The The soldiers clanking past with swords and shields. the cotton-bow Twanging. . the The humble Gathered to martial Kshatriya. here watch some throng snake-tamer chattering Wind round his wrist the living jeweUery the of Of asp and nag. The weaver at his loom. went. the dogs Prowling for orts.^ There a long line of and horns. a toiUng Sudra . which . or charm hooded death To angry dance with drone drums beaded gourd . The Brahman proud. the and skilful armorer With tong hammer linking shirts of maU.
hard by the booths Where the For lamps swart potters beat the noisy brass and lotas . his mouth Was dragged awry The twitchings of sore pain. the bridge These had When from the " they passed roadside moaned a mournful voice. and rose . wild eyes swam with inward agony. 71 With Steeds gay painted and silk canopies. and To bring the young bride home . to the Under the city waUs. here god a wife Stealing with cakes and garlands to the To pray her husband's safe return from trade. thence. Caught by some deadly plague. river and by temple: waUs And gateways. masters ! Uft me to my feet . The with fiery purple blotches . Or beg a boy next birth . Gasping.BOOK THE THIRD. oh. Help. chiU sweat beaded with on his brow. help I Or I A shaU die before I reach my hoiise I " stricken wretch it was. whose quivering frame. lay in the dust specked Writhing. he clutched the grass to rise.
and aU the grace and joy of manhood fled : This is a sick man with the fit upon him. leaps which and A fiery flood . is iU with thee ? what harm Hath fallen ? wherefore canst thou not arise ? Why And is it. on sweet looks laid the soft sick head his knee. strength is gone from loin. And then sank. Lifted the With And help whereon Siddartha ran. neck. Beats like His The And iU-played like drum-skin. " gasps speak and sighs so pitiful? " Then Is spake the charioteer : Great Prince ! this man smitten with some pest . crying. the pain 1 Good people. what Asked. boils Which ran a wholesome river. and slipped . " Brother. his an heart.JZ THE LIGHT OF ASIA. . his elements veins the Are aU confounded . Channa. Half-way. with quaking feeble limbs " scream of terror. in his blood. to that he pants and moans. ! " Ah. . kept good time. woful man with tender hands. while his touch comforted the wretch. a quick and slow sinews slacken bow-string ham.
the plague wiU quit and Ught so elsewhere." Come such iUs unobserved ? " the Prince inquired. are ? Or " might it be to " me as now with him? " Great Lord I answered the charioteer. smoke. cracked with when his strings have agony aU his bones are empty of the sense To ache. his teeth.BOOK THE THIRD. But " and strike thee. as and grinds And draws his breath if 'twere choking but shaU not Lo I now he would be dead. aU watery wastings. tetters. die Until the plague hath had its which work m him. stiU comforting the man. griefs and wounds. 73 his grief. . there many thus And are there others." The harm may pass. Oh. even spake the Prince. And the nerves die before the Ufe . leprosies. See how he And roUs plucks and plucks to seize his bloodshot orbs. " this comes In many forms to Sickness Hot and all men . fevers. blains Befall " flesh everywhere. palsies. sir ! it is not good to hold him ! thee. and enter issues. KilUng Then.
" to-night. bear. " Like the sly snake they come That Who stings unseen .74 THE LIGHT OF ASIA. and so shaU wake? " None say " And the end of many aches. Which Is this. And Channa said. chance may " Then aU men live in fear? " " So Uve they. like the striped murderer. be. And so old age " Yea. term . if men last as long. and wiU come when they come. Hiding The As beside the jungle . ' ' I sleep Happy " and whole it. or like lightning. . and as this man is. come unseen." these and sparing those. waits to spring from the Karunda path bush." " -But if they cannot bear their agonies. and seek a Or if they Or if they wiU not bear. a broken ? body " and sad mind. Pruice ! " " And none can say. striking send.
a-grin. faU sick. The kinsmen shorn. 75 Too weak except for groans. next the bier. where comes Then did Siddartha raise his eyes. lean. brothers poles with . foremost. and see Fast pacing towards the river brink Of waiUng people. at the last comes death. " O Rama. sightless. Rama. hollow-flanked. with Crying Call Knit aloud. . old.BOOK THE THIRD. stark and Chapfallen. " older. foremost An earthen a band swung one who bowl with Ughted coals. In whatsoever way. ? " And growing old. behind mourning marks. Prince. ungirt. grow and so stiU Uve. feet interlaced. Whereon lay. of four bamboos stiff. hear ! " upon Rama. whatever hour. the Dead ! ' Some few But grow most suffer and aU must die behold. then what end They die." "Die?" " Yea.
Then To spake the live?" Prince " : Is this the end which comvs all who " This is the " end that comes To all. Sprinkled Whom . and crackle of parched skin." quoth Channa . flickered. which crept. the with here and there of a bone White midst grey the total the man. with red and yeUow dust : the Dead. finding it with swift out his flesh feeding on hissing tongues. head first. buUding fuel up on one that slumbers cold albeit that bed 1 shall not wake for he lies set Naked to The And And And red all the airs for soon they flame to and the corners four. Rama ! " carried on where a pile was reared beside the stream . Ucked. at the four-went " ways they turned And crying To Rama. he upon the pyre . Thereon they laid Good sleep hath He him. snap of joint TiU the fat smoke thinned and the ashes sank Scarlet and grey.76 THE LIGHT OF ASIA.
then quit the fruitless feast and Ate. a fishbone. . Then A A came who lived. smeUeth not The fire-scorch nought . And life was over and the man No appetites. sight hearing his ears is clogged. body. is dead .BOOK THE THIRD. the whom Is blinded in his Wail The Or eyes . a taint in the tank. he his flesh A-roast. "jy Whose Caw remnants are so petty that the crows hungrily. drank. the good and bad. loved. steel. stumble on the path. and Uked Ufe well knows ? some gust of jungle wind. half a span of angry or a A chiU. the taste is of emptied from his mouth. for even must go. nor yet the sandal and the spice They The bum . upon and no pains . laughed. Hath such no pleasures. faUing tile. those that he loved desolate. : worms wiU have a horrid feast Here is the common destiny of flesh The high and low. which was lamp unto the of life. must die. snake's nip. it. the kiss his lips is nought.
From sky to As if his he looked. begin anew and live and so again Somewhere. but known. vainness of its joys. Caught in this And life The The which common net of death and woe. Such is man's round. his lifted countenance Glowed with the burning passion of a love Unspeakable. my common and unknown of flesh. And then. from in earth spirit sought lonely flight Some far-off vision. 'tis taught. binds to both I I see." and the Ughted pile : But lo I Siddartha turned Eyes gleaming Eyes Ut with with divine tears to the sky. I feel the vastness of agony of earth. somehow. Lost past linking this and that. while Then cried he. earth heavenly earth pity to the . who knows ? The pangs. the parting. the mockery . but searchable. insatiate Oh ! known : Oh 1 suffering world. but seen.78 THE LIGHT OF ASIA. to sky. the ardor of a " hope Boundless.
Me too this lure hath cheated. ripple' Whereas the foolish of the flood and Dances so lightly its down by bloom la^wn Only to pour crystal quicklier Into the foul salt sea. And love in loss. Of aU its best.BOOK THE THIRD. to which will wheel again whirl the round Of false delights and woes that are not false. and Ufe a sunlit stream ever flowing in a changeless peace . the anguish of its worst Since pleasures end in pain. but yoke And death in Men to their unknown lives. so it seemed Lovely For to live. and youth in age. The I veil is rent Which bUnded me ! am as aU these men Who cry Or upon their gods and yet are not heard aid are not heeded there there must be be I ! For them and me and aU must help Perchance the gods have need of help themselves Being so feeble that ! when sad lips cry They cannot save I would not let one cry . 79 . and life in hateful death.
that Until the days were numbered of dream. bade at the gates he set A triple guard. He is He is It is if all-powerful.So Whom I Would THE LIGHT OF ASIA. could save ! How can it be that Brahm make a world and keep it miserable. he leaves it so. and if not powerful. no man should pass By day or night. Since. issuing or entering in. not good. . again not God ? ! Channa ! lead home have ! enough mine eyes seen enough ! " Which when the and King heard.
Softly that night feU over Vishramvan. and Rama's birthday the fields are glad and aU the towns.Booft tl)t iFourtfi. buds comes. When mangoes redden and the asoka Sweeten the And aU breeze. then befeU which was The parting of our Lord to be Whereby came waiUng in the Golden and sorrow o'er Home. Woe to the But for Which all King the flesh deliverance. jeweUed thick sighing with Fragrant And with blooms and stars. hears and that Law shall make whoso the same him free. But when the days were numbered. Softly At fuU the Indian night sinks on the plains moon in the month of . cool with mountain airs adown 6 .Chaitra Shud. land.
the watchword. Whereat the Of prowUng earth lay stiU. and the ceaseless trill Of crickets on the garden grounds. except for caU jackals. whose warders cried Mudra. Within Where the moon glittered through the lace-worked stone. floors Lighting Paved the waUs of pearl-sheU and tne with veined marble softly feU her beams Indian girls. clear the hiUs and the sleeping land. Chmbing Rohini 's And all the spangled vault. On It such rare company of seemed some chamber sweet in Paradise . and ripples and lighting plains. the watch-drums beat a round . above For the moon swung the eastem peaks. Where nothing stirred nor sign of Save at the outer gates. watching was.82 From THE LIGHT OF ASIA. snow-flats on Himala high-outspread . and the countersign and Angaria. and near at hand Silvering those roof-tops of the pleasure-house.
BOOK THE . shapely flowing loose waves down the nape and neck. no wearier than jewelled birds Which sing and love aU day. of chased silver swinging from the with perfumed roof sUver chains. their soft brown Umbs hidden. that tiU the pleasured gaze Roamed o'er feast in of beauty as it roams From gem to gem some great goldsmith-work Caught With Part by each color tiU the next is seen. their glossy hair or Bound back In black with gold or flowers. so lovely said in the peace of sleep. and most faithful of the Court.FOURTH. then and under -wing Fold head tiU Lamps In mom bids sing love again. part revealed . . Lulled into pleasant dreams by happy toils. 83 Where Devis rested. They slept. and fed oils. careless grace they lay. had " This is the or pearl of aU ! " Save that beside her Fairer and beyond her lay fairer. AU the chosen ones Of Prince Siddartha's The brightest Each form That you pleasure-home were there.
the rounded wrists. a Like The pearls a merchant picks to make string.84 Made with THE LIGHT OF ASIA. with slender head Buried back-sloped horns between her breasts . the teeth great arched brows. Another A . TinkUng Breaking Praised Some Her low music where some sleeper moved. Here and one lay fuU-length.slumbered folding its in her arms desert-antelope. smooth small feet with bells and bangles decked. the soft stained palms and Drooping The or clasped. the faces fair dark. the parted lips. some magic ring to find. Whereby were seen the perfect lines grace. stiU all in its The little fingers As when interlaced the last notes of her light song and sealed played Those radiant eyes to sleep her own. her smiling dream the of some new dance by Prince. fairy love-gift. satin-lidded eyes. strings vina by her cheek. with lashes dropped Sweeping The the deUcate cheeks. The bosom's placid heave. the moonbeams tender lights of and shades.
onyx. bound sister-sweetness in a starry chain. lay they on the clustered carpets. LuUed Thus A by the cadence of the garden stream. each girUsh rose with shut leaves. and Linking One them Umb to limb heart to one on heart. while a rose-leaf curled Between the deer's lips. Here two friends had dozed which Together. it Red roses. stringing stones make a necklet agate. it up Unthreaded yet. waiting dawn To open and make dayUght beautiful. piUowed on the blossoms. Their weaving mogra-buds. Another. the This was the antechamber of Prince . A and moonstone her wrist it gleamed coU of splendid color. A rose was eating when both drowsed still and her loosening hand held half-mumbled. round Coral. To ere she slept.BOOK THE FOURTH. Soft nestling . close carved with golden gods and scripts. But at the purdah's fringe the sweetest slept . was her. sard. while she held. the bead to Green turkis.
Where the foot fell as though it trod on pUes Of neem-blooms. woven round the dome. Set on a and the marriage-couch dais soft with silver cloths. Wherein Through airs. with broidered threads gold. and jasper . with and cool Scents from the shell-flowers and the jasmine sprays . And down the sides. way was Whence by three steps the to the bower Of inmost splendor. a portal carved in sandal-wood. AU the walls were plates of pearl. .86 Gunga In that and THE LIGHT OF ASIA. of Crimson Across and blue. moonlight which there breathed. Gotami house of chief ministers StiU love. were set the and aU about the frames fretted lattices. Cut shapely from the And o'er sheUs of Lanka's wave . and skilled work of lazulite jade. The purdah hung. the alabaster roof there ran of Rich inlayings Wrought in Jacynth lotus and of bird.
BOOK THE FOURTH. my Prince ! I to sleep happy. Most Alas. That double my heart there beat pulse of life and joy and love aho Whose In happy music luUed me. the comfort of with Awake. sank Then spake. for the babe I bear and at of thee Quickened this eve. but sights of ! slumber I beheld three dread. her brow Laid in both palms. my Lord I " me thy speech " Then he still What is it thee. O my life ? before but She moaned anew " the words would come . bright Yasodhara. 87 Not bringing thither grace or tenderness shed Sweeter than Within the And from those fair the presences place beauteous Sakya Prince. . chuddah fallen to her waist. the With lovely fast Princess leaned heaving with bosom and faUing tears. Thrice And Give " her Ups she touched Siddartha's " hand. Half The risen from her soft nest at his side. the stately. hers. ! at the third kiss moaned.
And locked my his neck. Trampled The the warders down was and passed away. ' though there came a ye From Indra's temple. strove. next strange dream this so : Four Presences Splendid.88 THE LIGHT OF ASIA. A lord of pastures. and. If stay him not. The glory Yet of the city goeth forth. With thought I saw a white whereof my heart is throbbing yet. bursting bars. pacing through the streets. lightly tossing and free his crest. through the Broke from my clasp. bright daylight streets underneath Slow through the And none could towards the gates he paced. voice stay him. buU with -wide branching horns. but that ox-king Bellowed. Bearing As if upon his front a gem which shone some star had dropped to glitter there. with shining eyes. Or like the kantha-stone the To make great Snake keeps the earth. Regents beautiful Earth who They seemed the of the dwell .' none could stay him. and And bade them bar the gates . arms about Then I wept aloud.
and wondrous blooms Plucked in what clime I know not feU in showers." " Ay.BOOK THE FOURTH. Lord. And from the east the 'wind of sunrise blew scroUs With tender waft." the Princess said. Ughtuig from the sky retinue of countless heavenly where ones. saw swept unto our city. I golden flag faU . 89 On Mount With Swift The Sumera. my Lotus-flower ! Was good to see. all whereof Rippled Thick with flashing silver fire of rabies sewn on the threads. opening those jeweUed So that all flesh might read ." Colored as none are colored in our Then spake the Prince : " AU this. of Indra on the gate rose Flutter A and and lo ! there the folds instead glorious banner. groves. " Save that it ended with a voice of fear . the rays wherefrom sentences Set forth Whose new words and weighty message made aU Uving creatures glad .
my ankle-rings FaU off. my king. for nigh ! ' dream came when I sought Thy An side. And something the crimson purdah do'wn . come once again that cry. Then far away I heard the And far away the And But white buU low. and sleeping saw Thy belt of pearls. my world And sleeping stiU I rose.go THE LIGHT OF ASIA. Lord I ah. stinging golden Change to a snake . tied here below my breasts. bridal-couch rent sank to the ground. Crying. embroidered ' banner flap. The time is my I ' with that cry which shakes spirit stiU I woke 1 O Prince I what may such visions mean Except I die. Thereat ' The time is the third sweet nigh ! the time is . The jasmines in my hair WhOe this our wither to dust . ! my life Ught. on our bed there robe lay unpressed piUow and an empty Nothing Who art of thee but those ! and nothing of thee. my bangles part and faU . or worse than any death Thou shouldst forsake me or be taken?" .
" Comfort thee. nearest. Yet. that which soul yearns sore wiU be wiU.BOOK THE FOURTH. and though the gods shaken in their seats. Be whatsoever faU to thee and and me. best. thou mother of my babe ! Whose body mixed with mine for this fair hope. 9I Sweet As the last smile of sunset was the look Siddartha bent " upon his weeping " wife. gentlest. grieve for griefs which are not Judge how my high-winged thoughts O'er aU must hover here these lives that and thine share and sweeten mine So dear I And the dearest. sure I loved love Yasodhara. mine. seen Seeking And to save the sad earth I have . perchance. for though thy dreams may be Shadows Are of things to come. to know some way of help. Ah. dear ! changeless he said. muse Thou knowest how I these many moons. when the time comes. But if my And if I for souls unknown. if comfort lives In love . and though the world Stands nigh. .
the tenderest mine most of aU. which Bethink thee of that lordly bull lowed. And have Can think with this embrace what faithful love of thanks or frame for benison strong self TooUttle. Take A comfort still in deeming by there may be way.92 THE LIGHT OF ASIA. Tliat jeweUed banner in thy dream which waved Its folds departing. seeing love's is weak . But thou. When most my spirit wanders. Of aU their tendemess. take comfort . utmost of their good. whatever after this betide. Always I loved And what and always love thee weU. and. of peace on earth woes of ours . and of this be sure. art the sweetness of my kind best seen. I sought for aU sought most for thee. ranging as round The lands and seas full of ruth for men As the far-flying dove is fuU of ruth For her twin nestlings ever it has come Home Who The with glad wing and passionate plumes to thee. Therefore. if sorrow falls.
the wind : the Devas spoke upon And surely Gods were round about the place Watching our Lord. who watched the shining stars . And.BOOK THE FOURTH. Now. and drink these From heart to heart therewith. lo I the moon shone by the Crab I the stars In that Stood same silver order " long foretold night ranged to say. but sleeping " sighed vision passed again " The time ! The time is come ! Whereat Siddartha turned. This is the the I choose thou The way of greatness or way of good : To reign a King and of kings. for I watch. the that the world Moreover. be helped. or wander lone. with wliispers of the gloom Came to his As when ears again that warning song. 93 words Yet kiss me on the mouth. Princess ! rest." wiU rise and Then in her tears As if that she slept." Crownless homeless. that thou What others wUl not mayst know that I loved thee most Because I loved so well all living souls.
94 " THE LIGHT OF ASIA." wiU he spake " . cry I do because the woful . tiU Wears the red record of earth my name. for I wUl not have aside that cro'wn Which may be mine : I lay of those realms Which wait the gleaming my naked sword : My chariot shaU not roU with bloody wheels From victory to victory. and unto all nights and days Have led me . Making its dust my and bed. I depart. And in the silence of yon sky I read My fated Came message flashing. sheltered cave by no more pomp Than the dim This will lends or the jungle-bush. Clad in Fed Give its things my mates : no prouder garb than outcasts wear. the charitable with no meats save what of their wiU. this Unto this I. stainless feet. summon me To that which saves the earth but sunders us . I choose To tread its paths with patient. its loneliest meanest wastes My dwelling. dear sleeper. the hour is come ! Thy tender lips.
if healing may be found strong strife. Surya. Shiva.BOOK THE FOURTH. to The stately On rear fane. the stings of love and loss. duU sinking into age. who save and caU Vishnu. to feed the priests. Hath any The The of like wasted smoke ? my brothers 'scaped thereby aches of life. and aU soul is full world Of pity for the Which I wiU sickness of this . and chant pay the com and oil. withered The slow. . heal. fiery fever and the ague-shake. By uttermost renouncing the and For which of all great and lesser Gods seen Have power or pity ? Who hath to them who ? What have they How hath it Tithes of wrought help their worshippers ? steaded man to pray. not None the of worthiest from the fear griefs that teach Those litanies flattery and Ascending day by day. 95 Of Ufe and aU flesh living my cometh up Into my ears. to the charms. To slay the shrieking sacrifice.
. so our scriptures truly to teach. begun That Life once. man. deva. but aU in action weak . Both pitiful and pitiless. fish. Bird and shagged beast. Or bought For one pang the less at bearing-time ? white curds offered and trim tulsi-leaves Nay . kin To clod and mote again so are we . reptile. Kjiowing For the and the after seem lives. God.9(1 THE LIGHT OF ASIA. tUl the whirling wheel comes fives bring new sorrows to be home. worm. and both wheel of As. cUmbing and up and From mote. men are bound former upon this change. and gnat. demon. "The horrible dark death Waits And new and what beyond up again. and whence mns its rounds of living. And it may be some of the Gods are good evil some. New generations for the end new desires ? Which have their Hath any of in the old mockeries my tender fast or sisters found the Frait of the harvest of hymn. and wheresoe'er.
treasured from the kindUng They gorged on flesh Uke wolves. What From good gift brothers. glad If one. then. being great and fortunate. tired -with fife's long day but r the freshness of its morning. Yea. if one might save Man from his curse. They And mowed and babbled tiU some tongue struck patient fingers framed the lettered have my sound. Which grew a weed. but it came search and strife and loving sacrifice ? If one. sun. from birth designetl Rich. the whole wide world should share The Ughtened horror Whose shadow of this ignorance and is chiU fear. tiU yet makes one sowed corn.BOOK THE FOURTH. if one might save means must be 1 There must be refuge Men Perished in winter-winds till one smote what fire From flint-stones coldly The red spark hiding they held. one not cloyed . speech. ease. and thus. the Ufe of man . dowered To rale with health and if he not would rule a King of kings . craelty ! ! Its bitter And pastime. 97 To aU that is .
are not except as I am man . his and free to choose Earth's lovehest at wiU : one even as I. and But joyous in the glory That mix with evils the grace here. Wringing the secret of deliverance forth. save with griefs Which If . somewhere. And thenceforth himself to search for truth. at unrevealed. or Whether it lurk in heUs Or hide in heavens. but hungry stiU .98 THE LIGHT OF ASIA. Uft for his veil would deep-searching painful eyes. Gave all. Because I love my realm. wrinkled. Who ache not. having so much to g"ve. grieve not. sadly sage. nigh unto aU : Surely The last. sometime. because my heart . who have a realm to lose. far off. lack not. such a one. With love's deUcious If one not worn and feasts. This wiU I do. laying it down for love spent of men. The That road would open for his feet. mine. worH should be won for which he lost the And Death might find him conqueror of death. hover.
BOOK THE FOURTH. those Known Which Saved and unkno'wn. seek avail. Now am I fixed. golden days. Oh. Whom if I to bless my mind and people 'wUl Wife ! A Uttle child ! father I ! ye must share while the anguish of this hour That Ught may break and aU flesh learn the Law. summoning and stars ! I come ! Oh. my nights. palace thine arms. aU sweet Queen I put aside than the rest ! earth Yet thee. too. I And that shaU save. the hidden blossom wait of our loves. a thousand milUon more by this sacrifice I offer now. My throne. My child. and now I wiU depart. My happy Harder to my joys. fail. saving this . which stirs within thy tender womb. 99 Beats 'with each throb of all the hearts that ache. these that are mine and shaU be mine." Never to Be found come again tiU what I if fervent search and strife . moumful earth ! For thee thine I lay my and aside my youth.
but thrice came so back. he turned raised purdah's edge : There In such sealed drooped. bed in reverence. And o'er his head the drawing his cloth." he. sleep as water-UUes The lovely garden of his Indian girls That twin dark-petaUed lotus-buds Gunga and of aU Gotami on either side. their " silk-leaved sisterhood. stepped As though it were an altar. Pleasant ye are to me. know.'sweet friends I " he said. So with his brow he touched her of feet. unutterable.. yet if I leave ye not What else will come to aU of us save eld . lie I there ! " And thrice he made to go. : So strong her beauty was. " And dear to leave. Upon her sleeping And thrice around face. again For never.lOO THE LIGHT OF ASIA. close-hushed. and bent The fareweU fond eyes. And those. . large his love Then. softly upon " With " clasped hands laid spake his beating heart. beyond. the still wet with tears-.
and To seek deliverance that unknown Light ! Then. . while men moan Under their darkness. I. This -wiU not I.BOOK THE FOURTH. For aU the brighter that these made and my life. the with maybe spring again. lOI Without assuage and death without avail ? Lo ! as ye Ue asleep so must ye lie where are gone A-dead . Or axe-stroke at root. lightly treading where those sleepers lay. I give. and when the rose dies Its scent and splendor ? when the lamp is drained ! Whither is fled the flame ? Press heavy. Night their Upon their down-dropped fids That ~ and seal Ups. no tear stay me and no faithful voice. friends and go " I to give. so much live as trees do spring. And then dead leaves. Whose life here was a God's I this would not Though aU my days were godlike. such 'winter-times. While Ufe is good Therefore fareweU. The bitterer it is that they And all. should I. Such and such rains and frosts.
too. Also those four dread Regents the Earth. making of glad the ground. . of two by two. Watched with joined hands the Indian Prince. The garden-blossoms. folded for the dawn. as if earth's soul Stirred with an unknown hope . air rich celestial musics thriUed the From hosts Eastward on hosts of shining ones. gold.I02 THE LIGHT OF ASIA. kissed his robe's fluttered fringe . silver. Himalay unto the Indian Sea. Descending at the doorway. making bright the Northward and southward. scents Opened their From From velvet hearts to waft him pink and purple censers : o'er the land. who stood. and holy books Which teU the story That of our Lord say. looked love on him : its breath. Into the The night Siddartha passed : its eyes. watchful stars. The wandering 'wind. who thronged night and westward. beneath A tremor spread. With their bright legions In arms of Invisibles and pearl sapphire.
until the trath be found. come when " and bring my horse. and with purpose of prodigious love. lOj lips His tearful Close-set eyes raised to the stars. " Channa. For all men's which henceforth I wiU seek. Then " strode he forth into the ! and gloom and cried. For This the hour is I should quit golden prison where my heart lives caged To find the troth . " Spake then for nought those wise and holy men Who cast the stars and bade us wait the time should rule When King Suddhodana's great son ." answered the charioteer." Siddartha said.BOOK THE FOURTH." " Alas ! dear Prince. sake. awake bring out Kantaka ! " What would my Lord ? place " the charioteer gate repUed Slow-rising " from his beside the the To ride at night when aU ways are dark? " " Speak now low.
crave for thrones than many the kingdom that I and all more realms things pass " To change and death." spake again the charioteer. grief " Bethink thee of my Lord thy father's woe whose ! Bethink thee How shalt of their bliss thou art thou help them. who love these than more than joys of mine Yea. realms.I04 Realms upon THE LIGHT OF ASIA. : " Unto this I came. first undoing them?" Siddartha answered. Bring me forth Kantaka ! " Most honored. Which But cUngs " Friend. more joy of theirs depart to save . I. and be a Lord of lords ? sUp Wilt thou ride hence and let the a rich world Out of thy grasp. to hold beggar's bowl ? waste " WUt thou go forth into the friendless of pleasures That hast this Paradise here ? The Prince And Is not made answer. that love is false to love for selfish sweets of love .
bring me Then Channa said. drew tight the jeweUed girths. I go ! " and forthwith. IO5 Them and aU flesh. and knitted fast the straps. fall both the stirrups of worked gold. Fitted the The saddle-cloth and set saddle fair. to combed and dressed. . and Buckled the breech-bands And made the martingale. and mournfully. Stroking Next on the snowy coat silken gloss . " Master. seed-pearl and silken strings. great horse to the palate when door. if utmost love Kantaka ! " avaiL Go. the steed he laid the across.BOOK THE FOURTH. Then over all he cast a golden net. saw Where stood the Prince . With tassels And led the of. and led he out Kantaka : Whom tethering to the ring. numdah square. Breast-cord and curb. silver from the Took down the bit and bridle-chains. rack Unto the staU he passed. And linked the hooks. but he his Lord.
and bear me now journey take I ever rider rode . " his scarlet nostrils books Surely aU had heard Kantaka's neigh. night horse to find the truth. Save that the Devas laid their Over their ears and unseen wings deaf. and Therefore to-night. be fierce bold 1 Let nothing stay thee. White Kantaka I be stiU. Kantaka ! ! let whirlwinds lag thy course Be fire and air. Behuid On. good steed." kept the sleepers . my horse ! . the Spreading Write. know I not. though a thousand blades waU nor moat Deny tne road ! iet neither Forbid our ' flight ! Look I if I touch thy flank ' And cry. Right glad he waxed and joyously . of And that strong trampling his iron heels.I06 THE LIGHT OF ASIA. Patted the shining neck. where my quest wiU end yet Save that it shall not end until I find. Fondly Siddartha drew the and proud " head down. The farthest For this And said. Be stiU. and he neighed.
near. them Devas. gathering red mohra-flowers and strewed tiiick Under his tread. and he Touched the With armed arched crest. speechless. The Yakshas the air laid so magic cloths Under the stallion's and stiU. bear thy master valorously ! Then to the saddle Ughtly leaping. Moreover. while hands invisible and Muffled the ringing bit bridle chains. share our no pain And have hope. so shalt thou share with The greatness of this deed not which helps alone. IO7 him world To Stead thy Lord. for men But for all things which. therefore. Upon the it is written when they came pavement near the of inner gates. " Now. nor wit to ask for hope. but For that the Suddha Plucked the did hear that sound.BOOK THE FOURTH. Kantaka sprang forth the stones and hoofs sparkUng none on ring Of champing bit . For therefore ride I. the . that he went Softly . feet.
as dead men. all those chosen guards The lance Captains and sword let fall. though one might In daytime two koss -off the thunderous roar Of those grim hinges and unwieldy plates. Drowsier than blows o'er Malwa's fields of sleep. But when they reached the gate Of tripled brass Served to which hardly fivescore the men unbar and open lo I doors hear Rolled back all silently. he passed and so Free from the palace. the shields unbraced. Also the middle and the outer gates Unfolded In each their monstrous portals thus and sUence as Siddartha his steed Drew Silent near . Before the Prince's path. When the moming Stood half a spear's star length from the eastern rim. which. whUe underneath their shadow lay. LuUed every sense aswoon : being breathed. came a and soldiers for there wind. .I08 THE LIGHT OF ASIA.
lo ! chief service aU earth is mine by ! teU man him mine by love ! Since there is hope for And Who none only in man. sure I love thee for thy love. and these long locks by off its bright edge severed thus From my brows. the and border-stream. as hath sought for this to I wiU seek. prays Give the King aU. FuU ShaU Be sweet and spake " to Channa : " This which thou hast done ' bring thee good and always bring aU creatures good." my . cast away my world save world. IO9 sighed And o'er the earth the breath of moming Rippling Anoma's wave. earth and Then drew he rein. with royal wisdom won lonely searchings and the strife for Ught . Mine if I conquer. not^ My princely robes. Where. which henceforth stead me My jewelled The sword-belt and ray sword.BOOK THE FOURTH. my crest-pearl Lead back my horse and take here. and say Siddartha Ten times From forget him tiU he come a Prince. leaped to kissed White Kantaka betwixt the ears.
shadowy with warm ripple Tapovan. South-east the And eastward vulture-peak Sailagiri . Steals Bimbasara's sylvan town : green with lemon-grass and palms . at whose foot thin Sarsuti . jasper crags. Ratnagiri. to where milk-white veins of rock and cliff and flats of jungle-flowers. Guarding King Baibhara. Sovereign earth-butter from their rugged roofs .aSoofe t!je jFift!). which ooze Whose steaming pools mirror black rocks. BipuUa. Leads thee Under dark Past Low paven with footworn slabs. of gems. . Round Rajagriha five fafr hiUs arose. and by safflower fields the bamboo tufts mangoes and jujube-trees. hill A winding track.
. while yelped The sleepless jackals round his cave. Lord Buddha sate the scorching The driving rains. so prolonged That ofttimes while he mused as motionless As the fixed Upon his rock his seat the quail squirrel leaped knee. canopied. or coughs Of famished tiger from the thicket broke. homeless. 1 I I The shoulder of that mountain. the chiUy dawns and eves Wearing for aU men's sakes the yellow robe.BOOK THE FIFTH. By day and night here dwelt the World-honored. alone . bare thy feet aU And bow thy head ! for Hath not a spot more this and spacious earth dear haUowed. Subduing that With fast and fair body born for bUss frequent watch and search intense Of sUent meditation. summers Here through. the timid led forth . at night the grass. Eating in beggar's guise the scanty meal Chance-gathered from the Couched on charitable . sloping west. O'erhangs a cave with wild figs Lo ! thou who comest thither.
hushed the world. as fear and hatred cry. and blue doves pecked The rice-grains from the bowl beside his hand. across the softened the stiU coming of the stars. Purple Nor swift. would he till midnight Save where the beasts of darkness in the brake Crept and cried out. the fleet moon asks Then To slept he for tenth what space swim a part of her cloudy sea . Thus would he muse from noontide when the land Shimmered with In the reeking The heat. . noting blazing and globe roll down. fields . nor evening glide. wholly nor screech owl and night-jar wrapt from self In keen unraveUing And Thus steadfast of the threads of thought pacing sit of life's labyrinths. nor throb the Of drum-skins in Of busy town. As lust and avarice and anger creep In the black jungles of man's ignorance.112 THE LIGHT OF ASIA. Her brood between his feet. . and walls and temples not danced air till sunset.
twice But A soon before the jungle-cock clear. warming into pale gold. High as the herald-star. And. flushed from the brink amethyst With saffron. scarlet. At first a dim seems stiU unaware of whispered dawn.BOOK THE FIFTH. 113 But rose ere the False-dawn. the King Of Life and Glory cometh ! . a crows white verge widening. Watching the sleeping earth with ardent eyes And thoughts embracing all its Uving things. By topmost To fervent clouds. robed in raiment of glad light. east that miracle of Day dusk so Gathered Night and grew. which brightening white. dark and stood again Wistful on some platform of his hiU. fades in floods caught Of silver. and flaming on their rims golden glow. Whereat the sky bums . crimson. splendid to the blue. murmur moved While o'er the waving fields that of Which is the kiss And in the Mom waking the lands.
or ran jar. ofttimes as he paced. gentle and slow. Take of our great sir ! " and " Take . if she saw .114 THE LIGHT OF ASIA. hailed ablutions made The rising by orb. of a And in the fashion Rishi passed From street to street. The dark fellow-lives. Gathering Soon " the little pittance of was it filled. for store. robe's hem to their fetch him brows. Radiant with heavenly pity. and went Down the winding path unto the to'wn . and milk and cakes. Indian maid surprised eyes of some Would dweU in On that sudden love as and worship deep majestic form. all the townsmen cried. when they saw our Lord go by. with begging-bowl in his needs. lost in save as care For those he knew not. hand. Then After the manner of a our Lord. of ours ! " Marking his godlike face and eyes enwrapt And mothers. Would bid their And Uft his To fill his And children fall to kiss his feet. Rishi.
BOOK THE FIFTH. the But he robe. Midway on Ratnagiri's groves of calm. Lodged such as hold the body foe to soul. dwelUng stood with apart. II5 Her dreams Fairer than Passed of tenderest thought made trae. Beyond the city. Bhikshus. and grace mortal fire her breast. chain and tame And flesh a beast which men must With bitter pains. all gaunt and moumful band. And hear and ask of wisdom and its roads. tiU And tortured sense of pain is kiUed. dramed of blood and withered by disease limbs Their slowly-wasting joints Jutted from and stiffened sapless shoulders like dead forks . more nerves vex torturer no Yogis A and Brahmacharis. but below the caves. Wending To his way back to the his biU with soUtudes sit upon holy men. Some TiU day and night had Ufted arms. onward with bowl and yeUow By mild speech paying all those gifts of hearts.
some with sharp flints Gashed breast and brow and thigh. bleared. cowering defiled With corpses for their company. So Others had fierce a clenched their hands long and with so fortitude.Il6 THE LIGHT OF ASIA. with mud and ashes. five days dead . scarred these with fire. The claw-like naUs grew through the Some walked on sandals spiked . crouching foul their dead men wrapped about loins. darting About their sun-tanned necks and hoUow flanks the One palsied foot drawn up against ham. a grievous company . . From forest tranks. visages Haggard and wan as slain men's. So gathered they. eyes Crowns bUstered Sinews by the blazing heat. them o'er the and kites : Screaming Certain The around funeral-spoils a who cried five hundred times wound with day snakes names of Shiva. festered palm. Certain there were inhabited the spots Where death-pyres smouldered. Threaded their flesh Besmeared In rags of with jungle thorns and spits. and muscles shriveUed.
with famished patience. Whom sadly eying spake our " Lord to one. II7 Here crouched one in the dust who noon by noon Meted Ate it And a thousand grains of mUlet out. sexless. crippled. the mind deaf. Which is so evil and thee.BOOK THE FIFTH. say and the bUss whose woe Which they Shames shaU win holy books gods that send us woe. . sir Chief of the woe-begones moons : Much-suffering the hUl and see ! These many Who I dweU upon am a seeker of the Trath My brothers here. so piteously Uls to Ufe wherefore add ye ? " . SeU'-anguished . body by being thus stripped For glory of much suffering. palate should pleased . and makes men gods Stronger to suffer than Hell is to harm. there seed by seed. Eyeless The and tongueless. pulse so starved on one who bruised his be With bitter leaves lest And next. a miserable saint self-maimed.
and that which . if it be not thus. Rose thither from the tempest-driven sea But it must faU again in tearful drops. To Gunga and the sea. your Indra's throne. such woes shall purge Sin's dross away. tiU pain be grown life he Uves And death voluptuous rest. After their many pains. winged Soar from the furnace its sorrow. and if buy heav'n with your blood . of purified. with saints in bliss ? buys Since that Is spent which rises ye faUs. my brother." the Prince repUed. and the soul. Know'st thou. For glorious spheres and splendor past all thought. . " Wreathed like gold cloth around. Trickhng By through rough and painful water-ways the muddy wherefrom cleft and nullah and flood." "Yon cloud which floats in heaven. it sprang.Il8 THE LIGHT OF ASIA. Answer made the " sage : 'Tis 'written if a man shaU mortify the His flesh.
life Those joys . We stake brief agonies in game 'with Gods To gain the larger joys." the the Yogis said. ? " Ufe your wiU not change Speak ! do Gods endure For ever. and after turmoil peace." myriad he said.BOOK THE FIFTH. yet after night Day comes. Gods but Uve." "Yet if they last A years. It above. brothers ? " Nay. or if not. so. beyond. " Alas ! know not this. " they fade at length." " Only great Brahm endures : . II 9 In heU's hard market. which clogs and we Hate this That fain accursed flesh the soul "would rise ." The hermit moaned. when " the bargain's through The toU begins again ! " It may we begin. for the sake of soul. is there then so unUke some Below. Nor surely anything .
? gains which may be of dreams. and whither winds ? " Then cried they. Then As spake Lord Buddha : " Will ye. have to dweU by painful pasts Whose -windows give us light to the Uttle light Whereby WiU we gaze abroad know if dawn the better road break. its tiU the close stones were fire in trust of death. Dismantle Where we and dismember this fair come house. loathe your flesh. Rajaputra. " We have chosen this for road And tread Though aU it. Speak. that it shaU not serve To bear the spirit on.I20 THE LIGHT OF ASIA. ? WiU ye. . Throw these For sore dice. But founder Like wiUing on the track before nightfall. ye seem holy and strong-hearted ones. being wise. if If not. for love So soul. . which are your groans and moans. so and must have end Will ye. searching for home. sad steed o'er-spurred sirs. thou know'st a way " more exceUent peace go with thee ! . scourge and maim it.
What secret know ye that ye grow From time of tender shoot to time of fruit. so to live they dare not love their plague it with fierce penances. none of ye despoil ! which happy Oh. seeing how men to die they are afraid to fear. beUke who grudge pleasure To please the Gods to man . sun " your tender faces to the Glad the light.BOOK THE FIFTH. and and grateful with sweet breath donned Of fragrance Silver Miss Your these robes of reverence and gold and purple none of ye perfect Uving. Exceeding Fear Lust But so sorrowful. 121 Onward he passed. hoping soul May " break the better through their of wasted flesh. flowerets Who turn of the field ! " Siddartha said. beauty. Belike to balk hell Belike in by self-kindled heUs . Ufe. content. . sky and ye palms rise Eager to pierce the and drink the cool wind Blown from Malaya the blue seas. holy madness. Oh.
who slays ye lord cometh is wise. too. . With many And a lingering the tufts. such sun-songs from your feathered crowns ? who dweU so merry in the trees Quick-darting None of ye parrots. dam hither and thither vexed ran. which toiled behind Bleeding.122 THE LIGHT OF ASIA. In nursed on " forth self-tormentings ! While the Master spaie Blew down White the mount the dust of pattering slow feet. wanderings from the path. ewe with couplets in the flock there was. always as they strayed The herdsman cried. and kept moving to the plain. bulbuls. doves hate life. Murmuring Ye. none of ye deem ! To strain to better by foregoing being blood. your bee-birds. one Some hurt had lamed lamb. thus And wisdom. needs But man. And the while in the front its feUow skipped. The silly A crowd still slung his sUng. goats and black sheep winding nibble at their way. But or where water gleamed Or wild figs hung.
aU as good to ease one beast the of grief As sit and watch the sorrows of world In yonder caverns with the priests pray. friends high noon. at peace Saying. be goest ! Whither thou 'Twere I wiU bear thy care . the which our Lord the King Slayeth this night in worship of his gods. fuU tenderly He took the Umping lamb upon his neck. score sheep.'' Then So said the Master : " I wiU also go I " paced he patiently. bearing the lamb . "wherefore." who "But. " Poor wooUy mother. Lord did mark. " I Drive ye the at flocks ado^wn under Since 'tis evening that men fold their sheep ? And answer gave the peasants : " We are sent To fetch And five a sacrifice of goats five score. 123 Fearful to lose this little Which when our one or that .BOOK THE FIFTH." spake he to the herdsmen.
young. Whom. tearful dove-eyed. he did laugh mouth Which twined And tease the about whilst quick forked tongue and opened Of that cold playmate. low-bleating at his feet. it was so very smaU . He wiU I.124 THE LIGHT OF ASIA. with face And lifted hands " saluted. and another. child Where I live lone my . but he Straying amid the blossoms found his wrist. Beside the herdsmen in the dust The wistful ewe and sun. who yesterday Had pity on me in the fig-grove and reared here.'' bending " low : Lord ! thou art she said. eyes which might bring Back to his . who could not lose my precious boy. I alas ! ere long think He tumed so pale and could not Why he should cease to play. the Ught Prayed of them physic. He is die. a snake. he. But. and one ' let my breast ' Fall from his lips. stiU. Of But poison ' And said. A woman when they came unto the river-side.' sick .
father. For they What is who seek physicians bring to them. Therefore. It could not hate him. might Yea I Uttle sister. 125 That kiss-mark of the serpent. And the some one There is now a holy man upon hiU Lo ! Ask he passeth in the yellow robe of the Rishi if there be son. Then draw the face-cloth ' back.' a cure For that which ails thy whose Whereon I a came TrembUng And to thee. only Thou take it Where not from any hand or house hath died . brow is like cloth god's. tola . a I pray thee. find mark Black mustard-seed. but gaze With gentie eyes and touch with patient hand . and I think he was. saying to me. motiier. and him. And thou. if thou couldst fetch the thing . said. great sir ! didst spurn me not. ordained. there is that heal Thee first. child. Praying thee teU what simples might good.BOOK THE FIFTH. gracious as Nor hurt him in his ' sport. wept and drew the face from my be babe. or slave .
the and each who had it gave. give me ' mustard. Lord. It shaU be weU if thou canst find seed. Dear Kisagdtami ! But didst thou find The seed?" " I went. In my friend's household here Hath any Husband ' peradventure ever died ? ' or wife. So with sad and the living few I thanks I gave the mustard others back.' 126 THE LIGHT OF ASIA. but have lost our slave I ' . grace. but the we Here is the seed. asking and at each hut Here in the jungle ' towards the town of your I pray you. when I asked. or slave they dead said : O Sister ! what is this you ask ? the ' Are very many. A tola For But aU black .' such " Thus didst thou speak. poor poor are piteous ' to the . grown colder. clasping to my breast The babe. my Lord ! The Master smiled Exceeding tenderly. said. or chUd. " Yea I I spake thus. And ' prayed of others .
but Here is some our good man is dead ! it died ! ' ' ' seed." the Master said. and pray Where I find this seed and find no death. seek thy face might kiss thy feet. and as they said to " My sister ! thou hast found. If now." fear. but he that the sowed Between the rain-time and harvesting house Ah. my baby be not dead. " Searching for what none finds that bitter balm slept I had to give thee. 1 27 ' Here is the seed. Lo ! I would pour my blood if it could stay Thy tears and win the secret of that curse . me.BOOK THE FIFTH. sir ! I could not find a single Where there Therefore was mustard-seed and none had died ! I left my child who would not suck Nor To smile beneath and the wild- vines by the stream. He thou lovedst : Dead on thy bosom yesterday the whole to-day Thou know'st The wide world weeps with thy woe : grief which all hearts share grows less for one. As I do indeed.
and threw Long shadows down the men street and through the gate Where the King's kept watch. scribe his scroU. from the unwatched rice Shiva's Ran white bull fed free . what Sona's distant stream. the money-changer lost His count of cowries . that secret . the weaver hand. the guards stood back. The smith. time the sun The herdsmen Gilded slow Prince. In the bazaar buyers and sellers stayed The war of tongues to with gaze on that mild face . bury thou thy child ! So entered they and the city the side by side. Which makes sweet love our anguish. ' Forg6t to The strike left his web. and which drives O'er flowers and pastures to the sacrifice As these dumb beasts I seek are driven men their " lords. But when these saw Out Lord The bearing the lamb. the wasted milk o'er the lota whUe the milkers watched . lifted hammer in his .128 THE LIGHT OF ASIA. market-people drew their wains aside.
either hand the white-robed Brahmans ranged 9 . wandering in the . bringing down flock sacrifice. 1 29 The passage of our Lord moving a majesty. the " There cometh here holy hermit." Death. With But yet so beautiful women most " the gathering in the doors sacrifice Asked. " It is the holy on man hiU. which Thinking. night with none guide them bleating bUndly dumb beasts towards the knife kin." Who dweUeth with Rishis the But the Lord paced. as these which are their Then A some one told the King.BOOK THE FIFTH. So Who is this that brings the peace-giving ? whence graceful and as he goes ? What is his caste hath he " eyes so sweet ? Can he be Sakra And others or the Devaraj ? the said. in meditation lost." Which thou didst bid to crown the The On King stood in his haU of offering. No To Of " Alas I for aU my sheep have shepherd . so meek.
goat.130 THE LIGHT OF ASIA. Round about A slow. but of ever rolling One down. who murmured. the pile joy of Indra. . Which From roared upon feeding stiU the fire There of the midmost altar. consume them burning it. I strike. scented woods flickered bright tongues flame. and pleasure in the scent Of rich flesh roasting 'mid the fragrant flames . Sucked scarlet streamlet smoked and ran. by the sand. Of many yajnas cometh as From Bimbasara The spirted : take ye joy to see blood. dread gods." But Buddha softly said. the crown This. Muttered their mantras. long-homed. thick. at its head bound back throat the knife " With munja grass its stretched Pressed by a priest. lay. Hissing Of ghee The and curling as they Ucked the the gifts and spices and Soma juice. . Let the King's And let the fire For now sins be laid upon this goat. such The blood A spotted bleating victims.
loosed The His Of
which aU can
which aU creatures
Even to the
and pleasant unto
Where pity Soft to the
weak and noble
Unto the dumb lips
his flock he lent
Sad pleading words, showing how man,
For mercy to the gods, is merciless.
to those ; albeit
and what we
Meek tribute Fast trast
the milk and wool, and set
spake of what the
Do surely teach, how that To bird
these rise up to
spark which grows purged
passage of a soul
shaU one wash
Nor bribe them,
Upon the brow
innocent bound beasts
answer aU must give
One hair's For
things done amiss or wrongfuUy,
The fixed Which
Measure for measure,
words, thoughts ; ;
Thus With The
words so piteous
of ruth and
drew back their
garments o'er the
with clasped palms
reverencing Buddh ;
on, teaching how fair
In friendUness Bloodless
and common use of
for aU, the
might of gentieness so conquered
themselves scattered their altar-flames
steel of sacrifice
And through the land
rock and column :
Thus the King's for the
There hath been
And slaying for the meat, but henceforth
cometh to the
Ufe is one.
from those days forth between
those banks of
his saintly pity
and soft speech.
aye so piteous was
that breathe this
That it is
an ancient age
Drought Ere it
; in forest
Between the hot
walls of a
A starving tigress. Glared
Hunger in her
Beyond the gasping jaws Her
rafters sinks a
Two cubs, whining
tugged and sucked, nought^
those milkless teats
While she, their The
twins, yielding her flank to
With moaning throat,
She laid her famished And
roared a savage
to the sand
Save the immense
compassion of a
this murderess these
ravin, lean for lack
Lo I if I feed
lose but I,
hurUng to the earth That willing victim. turban. Thus large the Master's heart Not only now. and cloth. his gracious mth cease cruel worship of the Gods. He bade when with was long ago. yelped and Sprang from her cubs. And how can love lose doing " of its kind Even to the uttermost? So saying. Saying. and. had her feast With aU of him claws the crooked daggers her of her Rending his flesh. " Ho ! mother. here is meat for thee ! hoarse " Whereat the perishing beast shrill. And much King Bimbasara birth and prayed our Lord Learning his royal holy search .136 THE LIGHT OF ASIA. and aU yellow fangs Bathed in his blood : the great cat's burning breach Mixed with the last sigh of such fearless love. Silently His laid aside sandals and sacred thread. and came Forth from behind the milk-bush on the sand. Buddh staff.
from the Shasters. 137 To tarry in that city. Seeking the Truth . not for with me. Friend. starved nor from S^ts the soul. bride.BOOK THE FIFTH." palace with a beauteous mind. saying oft. . the light to me . " Thy princely state may not abide such fasts . O trae reach and truth to attain . and shaU Not to be Its doors I go though Sakra's palace ope'd of pearl and Devis wooed me in. wiU come I think. and left. win Borne tiU the body faints. ever spake Siddartha. stayed which stiU I seek. by Yet there is Ught to And surely. till I Lodged in my But " die. of set These things I had. Journeying Where. nowise here among the Rishis nor comes That light. For as to Gaya and the forest shades." . most noble King. thy if I I wiU return and quit love. alms. to build the Kingdom of the Law. And teach my kingdom wisdom. Thy hands Sojourn were made for sceptres. who have no son to rale.
years' wan of face. Had In stayed and the ascetics him. and which tells How Brahm is bodiless actionless. pure joy? Or how should Be better than the Karmma-Kind. and so. Break from the bond of self. Ufe. But they upon hiU and in the five grove Alara. unqualified. Lord away speed. . Not the Be wiser chief saints ! for how should mortal man than the Jnana-Kand. Thereat Thrice round the Prince King Bimbasara paced. man pure thought.138 THE LIGHT OF ASIA. So passed our Towards And Uravilva. unsphered. Reverently bending And bade him to the Master's feet. which shows How he may strip passion and action off. that none might win Higher than Sruti and than Smriti nay. Udra. Pure calm. Passionless. not yet comforted. saying and all was written clear holy Shasters. the and weak with six quest. unchanged.
Fljdng To from false to trae. from etemal. .BOOK THE FIFTH. where wars of sense peace the sUence lives ? But the Prince heard them. 1 39 Be God. and melt into the vast divine. not yet comforted.
the plain the shining sisters meet In Phalgu's bed. follow them. . of 'Mid thickets TiU on the sansir and the bir. verge a wood sandhiUs broken . Urawelaya With named in ancient days. by that river spreads a thorny waste. Thou who wouldst see where " dawned the light at " last. go North-westwards from the Thousand Gardens be set By Gunga's vaUey tiU green thy steps On the Nilajan hills where those twin streamlets spring and Mohana . flo^wing by the red rocky banks To Gaya Hard and Barabar hills.3Sooft tfie Sixtfj. on its Waves sea-green plumes and tassels 'thwart the sky. Winding beneath broad-leaved mahiia-trees.
fair Melting With to void again which was so sapphire hues. gamet. and chrysoprase. arch secrets of sUence whence all secrets of the gloom whereto aU The Ufe From which Ues between. I4I With undergrowth wherethrough a stiU flood steals. fate.BOOK THE SIXTH. blue fish and and And peopled with quick tortoises. Uke that flung hath cloud to cloud across the sky. There in the sylvan soUtudes once more Lord Buddha The ways of Uved. Peaceful with simple foUc and pastoral toils. of the of the books. white. go. Dappled with lotus-blossoms. come. So meditating these that he forgot . musing the doctrines woes of men. nestled amid the palms. and which Mists for its masonry vapory piers. The lessons The The the the creatures of the brake. Near it the Its roofs of village of Senini reared grass. Moon after moon our Lord sate in the wood.
thirty and two. And once at such a time the o'erwrought Prince FeU to the Even earth in deadly who swoon. as one slain. rising from thoughts the noon Prolonged beyond the To see sunrise and his bowl unfiUed.142 THE LIGHT OF ASIA. Siddartha Ue . Therefore his grace Faded . motionless. Fluttering From Of off so dry and withered his feet the sal-branch. But there who saw came by that way A shepherd-boy. no aU spent. Which testify the Buddha. so wan he was. hath longer breath Nor any So stir of blood . Ofttimes the hour of food. worn by stress of soul. and eat perforce Of wUd frait faUen from the boughs o'erhead. Lost day by day the marks. Scarce that to leaf. Shaken to earth by chattering ape or plucked By purple parokeet. bore less UkeUness of spring's soft greenery than he him Who was the princely flower of all his land. his body.
his Ups and fines of nameless pain the fiery noonday sun Beating From Into a upon his head who. Lord gaining breath. lota. knitted bower to shade the sacred face. from his she-goat's bag. deeming him some God . with quick wealth of leaf and flower close. and my touch defiles I " . one and holy But the books planted TeU how the Shot jambu-branches. decked with of red gold. my " Lord. plucking boughs them thick wUd rose-apple trees. thou seest am a Sudra. 143 With lids Fixed on fast-closed. arose and asked " Milk in the shepherd's thee. sUver-work and bosses And the But our boy worshipped.BOOK THE SIXTH." Ah. Also he poured upon the Master's Ups pressed Drops of warai milk. being So high of low caste. I I cannot give quoth the lad . life in thus. And glo^wing fhiitage interlaced So that the bower Pitched for Of a and grew like a tent of silk studs king at hunting. Lest. he do wrong to seeming.
sitar. one with those a their music that beat drum blew round with peacock-feathers. And on another day there passed that road A band of tinseUed girls. and one one that The piping A binsuU. sacred thread Who doth right deeds vile. nor caste in tears." Thereat the peasant's heart was glad. and gave. be good I come Unto my quest shaU for thee. Worid-honored spake : " Pity and need flesh kin. Which ranneth of one hue. brow. the nautch-dancers temple Of Indra's Who Set made in the town. and who doeth ill deeds when Give me to drink.144 Then Make the all THE LIGHT OF ASIA. it my brother . Which trickle salt with all neither comes man To birth Nor with tilka-mark stamped on the on neck. There is no caste in blood. Is twice-born. the bells . . that twitched tripped three-stiing Lightly and they down From ledge to ledge To some through the chequered paths silver gay festival.
that holy man. painted Fluttering From like to some vain. as But Buddh jjrow the wantons passed. ." So sang the nautch-girl to the pipe and wires. o'erslack is dumb. men. Tune And us the sitar low nor high. and wrist-rings tattiing sitar answer shriU WhUe he that bore the thrummed and twanged His threads of brass. the sitar neither nor high. 145 Chiming Armlets soft peals about the smaU brown feet. ofttimes spake : The foolish teach the wise . low and music dies .BOOK THE SIXTH. butterfly glade glade along the forest path. who sate so rapt Under the fig-tree Lifted his And great " by the path. and the musicflies . we will dance away the hearts of The string The string Tune us o'erstretched breaks. and she beside him sang " Fair goes the dancing when neither the sitar' s tuned . words echoed on Nor dreamed her Ught Of the ear him. .
the friend And from his house the " Senini. master many of aU herds. I Strain too to much this string of fife. to all Noble And of mien. eyes are dim now that they see the truth. Save that no male child blessed their wedded . the poor . by Pious and that river dwelt of a landholder rich. Meaning Mine make such music as shall save.146 THE LIGHT OF ASIA. . is most My strength is waned now that my need . loveliest of Of all the dark-eyed daughters Gentie and the plain . whose life was aU men's hope. Having for Sujata. true. simple and kind was she. with gracious speech gladsome looks a pearl of womanhood Passing calm years of household happiness stiU Beside her lord in that Indian home. die. name A goodly chief. love." Now." viUage drew its he Pleasant wife and in peace lived. belike. Would that I had For I shaU such help as man must have.
crimson sari close arm clasping her To wrap the The other babe. nine times nine. plenteous. and as Ups of Devs may taste : take. But Radha. Praying If this a boy . deUcate. with gifts Of rice and jasmine also wreaths and sandal oU. that jewel of her joys. while she lay Between Sujata's breasts. now three months old. And this had been for there was bom to her who A beauteous boy. did pace With One grateful foot-steps to the Wood-God's shrine.BOOK THE SIXTH. Sujata an vowed should be offering of food Unto the Set in Such a Wood-God. bowl the of gold under his tree. sent before to sweep the ground . lifted high in comely on curve To steady her head the bowl and dish Which held the dainty victuals for the God. 147 Wherefore Lukshmi . Round the with many many prayers she had besought gone and nights at full-moon great Lingam.
148 THE LIGHT OF ASIA. With milk as white as new-carved ivory ! " Therewith into the golden bowl the she poured The curds and milk. might accept Vouchsafing now These his presence. Ah. Would that the Holy One Inhabiting Merciful this grove. his brow ! eyes See how the light How shines round about mild and great he seems." ! Good fortune is it thus to the So. with folded hands upon his knees. snowy our poor gifts of fresh-made. face bent. meet with heavenly gods. unto me his handmaiden. and on hands of Buddh Dropped attar from a crystal flask distiUed . Giver of good. And tie the scarlet threads " around the tree. and Sujata drew earth and Tremblingly nigh. dear Mistress ! look ! There is the Wood-God sitting in his place. Came eager. crying. With sweet kissed the " said. thinking him divine. Revealed.
seeing and our Lord : Grow fairer his countenance more " bright "Art thou indeed the God? " she " lowly asked. found favor ? But Buddh said. And hath my gifl. " What is it thou dost bring me ? " " Holy one I " Answered Sujata. Speaking In no word. Sujata worshipped. Which laves the desert dust from And more neck and crest. as though the spirit the flesh wings Shared that fine meat and plumed its anew. whUe the glad mother stood of reverence apart. " from our droves I took .BOOK THE SIXTH. like some delighted bird iUght at sudden streams Weary with o'er endless wastes of sand. I49 Out of the hearts of roses : and he ate. But that meal So wondrous was the virtue that our Lord Felt strength and life return as though the nights passed Of watching In and the days of fast had with dream.
hundred mothers, newly-calved,
With theirs twelve more,
and yet again with
The That In
six noblest and
of all our
I boUed with
This did I
because I bear
Under thy tree, if I I
offering for my
I have my
son and aU
my Ufe is bUss I
Lord drew down the
head those hands
the worids, he said,
Long be thy bUss !
him the load
For thou hast holpen
me who am no
But one, thy Brother ; heretofore
that Ught which somewhere shines
they knew !
it dawned flesh failed
find the light ; yea,
Which this Drawn
food, fair Sister, hath
As Ufe itself
To happier heights
Yet dost thou
off of sins.
truly flnd it
Worshipful ! my heart
The Uly's cup
to feel fife's
Shine in my Lord's
my baby's smile.
summer of our
Pleasant my days From
to praise the gods.
my handmaids to their tasks, tiU noon,
When my Lord lays his head LuUed
soft songs and wavings of
stand and serve
lamps for sleep. friends.
After the temple How
the talk with
Shall lead his
Swerga, if it
when a man shall plant
Trees for the
For the It
books say that I
than those great
knew the hymns
ways of virtue and
Also I think that
good must come of good
Groweth from From
; yea, seeing, too, how
and patience peace
as good a
since one grain of rice
champak's white and gold
Lurks in those
Sir ! I know there
her face in dust ;
If this my babe
first I think my heart
I hope my heart
and wait would
That I In
clasp him dead
attending tUl his hour
But if Death The
that dear head in my
the torch the choking smoke.
Die so, her love For every hair
Therefore fear I
And therefore. Nowise Painful
Sir ! my life is glad,
Whereon the What
pity I but for me.
Thou teachest them
Wiser than Be thou
to know not,
of right and
grow, thou flower 1
Of Truth's high
BOOK THE SIXTH." she said. may I achieve He whom thou thoughtest God bids thee wish " May'st thou on achieve. As the dove is In thee is And seen which flietii home by love. we as children know. made and reverencing with our arose strong that pure_meat And bent his footsteps where a great Tree grew. beneath whose leaves . The Bodhi-tree (thenceforward in aU years Never to fade. of and ever to be kept In homage the world). and comfort all thy days ! ! this. Peace go with thee. 155 Uft Which must spread broad in other suns and In later lives Thou who a crowned head to the sky. I worship thee ! ExceUent heart I learned unknowingly." As thou accompUshest. belike. hast worshipped me. Lord . who reached its tender hands To Buddh knowing. More than But he deem. man why there is hope for hold the wheel of where we life at will. with earnest eyes Bent her babe.
of Unto the Tree Rejoice ! our Wisdom. and deer that eve. steadfast. majestical. boar. vaults of gUstening waving green the conscious earth Worshipped Of flowers with grass and sudden flush about his feet. from the with wafts of wind laden lotus-scents Large wondering eyes Breathed by the water-gods. bright butterflies azure and green and Fluttered their vans. creatures Of woodland At peace panther. gazed on thicket. dancing its hood In honor of our Lord . his face benign cold cleft wound From cave and From its The mottled deadly snake.156 THE LIGHT OF ASIA. The forest-boughs river sighed Bent down to Cool shade him . gold. Oh. wherefore he went measured pace. and roofed with columned dropping stems. . ye Worlds ! Lord wended unto the Tree ! Whom Cloistered With as he passed into its ample shade. It was ordained that Truth should come to Buddh : Which With now the Master knew .
To be his fan-bearers ; the fierce kite dropped Its prey From
striped palm-squirrel raced
to see ; the weaver-bird
Chirped from her swinging
The koil sang her hymn ;
Even the creeping things Voices Which Lover
of earth and air
; the lizard
that hear said,
each and aU
Thou that for
Pass to the Tree I
blesseth thee her
the Buddh that
thy last for
high Conqueror ! thine hour is
This is the Night the
Then feU the
night even as our
Under that Tree.
is the Prince
find the Truth
evil powers command.
Wherefore there trooped from every deepest The fiends
who war with
Arati, Trishna, Raga,
and their crew
horrors, ignorances, lusts.
of gloom and
knoweth one. fiends
Battled that Sometimes
Of demon-armies clouding With thunder,
blinding lightning flung
In jagged javeUns
of purple wrath
sometimes with wiles and words
'mid hushed leaves
and softened airs
sometimes with royal allures
in his inmost
write what ancient
The ten Angels
Mara's mighty ones.
The Sin As in
in the Universe
a mirror sees
her fond face shown.
have the if
Lightless ; it is
thou art Thou
; rise and take the
not, heed not,
But Buddh spake,
in thee is
He that denies
the mocking Sin
Hissed in the Master's ear,
the knowledge of their vanity ;
Thou dost but
better way for man.
Nor any staying But
no part with
subtlest of man's
came she who gives
Draped fair in many lands But
souls with rites and prayers
The keeper And
lock up Hells
temples, shaking down
priests and props the realms
But Buddha answered, Is form
What thou bidd'st
passes, but the free Trath
Next there drew
passions, who hath sway
Tree, bearing his
and arrows of
five-tongued deUcate flame
The heart it
smites sharper than poisoned
the praise of
night stood stUl
So witching, that it To hear them,
stars and moon
Paused in their
orbits while these
hymned to Buddh
Of lost Findeth
a mortal man
dearer in the three
of nought more
Than is that dulcet
Seen in the fines
and charms of
seize by wiU Which leaps to it. smiles Eyes lighted with love-flames. knowing this is best. worshipped by the bounding blood. who hath grieved when soft arms shut him safe. . one warm all world was given kiss ? So sang they with soft float of beckoning hands. This the true heaven Makers and where mortals are Masters. " these midnight-dancers swept Nearer the each daintier than the Siddartha 1 I am last. Unspeakable. Murmuring Taste of O great my mouth and see if youth is sweet 1 " Also. In dainty dance and their Umbs Revealing concealing like burst buds yet Which tell their color. soul to soul. alluring supple sides and . this the gift of gifts Ever For And And renewed and worth a thousand woes. Owned yet speaking. Never so matchless grace delighted As troop by troop Tree. when nothing moved our Master's mind. all life the melted to a happy in sigh. but hide their eye hearts.162 THE LIGHT OF ASIA. like gods. thine.
Sighing " My Prince ! I die for lack of thee I What heaven hast thou found like that we knew By bright Rohini in the aU Pleasure-house. I curse thee not who wear'st a dear. 163 lo I Lo ! Kama The band Fairest waved his magic bow. My lips again. and of dancers opened. that moan Wherewith the beauteous shadow named his name. but let and me to thy breast wiU Once. playest thus vain For that and sweet sake of her thou Fair false Shadow ! is thy playing form so . .BOOK THE SIXTH. Yet as thou art so are all earthly shows. Am I " these fraitless dreams lovedst? " end I Ah. the and a shape and stateUest of throng came forth Wearing the guise of sweet Yasodhara. I weep for thee ? But touch Where these weary years Return. Siddartha ! ah 1 return. dark eyes seemed Tender the passion of those Brimming with tears . look 1 not she thou But Buddh said. yearning those outspread arms musical Opened towards him .
Hate skies rising storm came fiercer rearmost of the Ten . Aruparaga. toils. Faded with that comely traU rout fUckering wafts of flame. Nobler and next him Lust Fame. angry hiss. . One her curses mix Little wrought she upon Holy Who And with his calm eyes dumbed her bitter lips to hide their made her black snakes writhe fangs. Next And The noise of under darkening Sins. which suck Poisonous And with milk from both her their that hanging dugs. she whose speU Begmles the wise. thy void again I " Thereat and all a cry Thrilled through the grove.' 164 Melt to THE LIGHT OF ASIA. of And haughty The Fiend Pride . Then followed Ruparaga That sensual Lust of days for life of Sin which out of greed Forgets to live . Mano came. and Of vaporous robes. Battles and mother of daring deeds. and smooth Self-Righteousness. Patigha With serpents coiled about her waist.
But Buddh heeded not. Also the Sacred Tree Amid that tumult stirred the Bodhi-tree not. of screams and yeUs. 1 65 Uddhachcha . stars shot from one heaven. The broken clouds shed from their caverns streams Of le^vin-lighted The rain . Of evil faces peering. bat-like flapped Toad-like and Ignorance. Avidya. Lords of Who from a thousand Limbos led their troops To tempt the Master.BOOK THE SIXTH. the torn black whistUng wings. the Dam Of Fear and Wrong. soUd earth shuddered as if laid air Flame to her gaping Was fuU of wounds . but each leaf . while shook. midnight Whose footsteps left the The rooted mountains darker. the wUd winds howled. and with many a hideous band which crept and Of vile and formless things. Sitting As is serene. and of vast fronts HeU Terrible majestic. hideous hag. with perfect virtue waUed a stronghold by its gates and ramps .
The A earth being still. GUstened No For as stiU. down hollows on where he toUed Breathless . soft air breathing from attained the sinking moon.as when on moonlit. and farther back and and farthest yet. . through bogs Past thick-set woods shrunk to a patch Glittering false-green . mountain-summit. Had The dizzy ridges where his feet well-nigh slipped . Our Lord Sammd-sambuddh he saw By light which shines beyond aU our mortal ken The Une Far back of aU his lives in the worlds.eves zephyr spiUs the gfittering gems of dew . cataract and the cavern and the pool. . Even as Five hundred lives At rest upon a fifty. aU this clamor raged outside the shade Spread by those cloistered stems : In the third watch. one. wherefrom Backward to those dim flats he sprang . the helUsh legions fled.l66 THE LIGHT OF ASIA. marks His path wind up by precipice and crag. beyond the sunny lawns.
Strivings and triumphs. account In merits or demerits stamps itself tittle By sure arithmic where no drops : ' Certain and just. Buddha the old off How How new Ufe reaps what Ufe did sow : where its march breaks its march begins . : memories and marks Of Uves foregone And in the middle watch Our Lord attained Abhidjna insight vast . Holding the gain and each answering for the loss . from levels low to Where breath is base. thus Buddha did behold Life's upward steps long-linked. EvU fresh Debit or evU . 1 67 To reach the blue . Also. Death but casting up whereupon th' credit. on some new-springing life Wherein are packed and scored past thoughts and deeds. higher slopes and higher Whereon the ten great Virtues wait to lead saw The cUmber skyward. good And how in Ufe begets more good.BOOK THE SIXTH.
1 68 THE LIGHT OF ASIA. These he beheld those worlds. islands separate. of a sapphire sea Shoreless unfathomed. unsealed vision. aU and of aU on epicycle. Ranging System beyond this system. star to star Flashing From the ceaseless radiance of life centres ever shifting unto cirques Knowing With Cycle no uttermost. yea. band one yet by band Linked in The silver division. wax whereby these . sphere to spheres unnamed. undiminished. how they themselves obedient round mightier orbs Circle Which serve profounder splendors. With waves which roll stirred in restless tides of change. on countless worlds and suns Moving in splendid measures. He saw those Lords of Light who hold their worlds By bonds invisible. their tale Of Kalpas. though he knew to springs The drops in Gunga from her Measureless unto speech to the sea. Mahakalpas no man terms of time count Which grasps.
To fulness void. burning impulse of each orb That fixed decree at sUent work which wiUs Evolve the dark to light. unbuilds. things do weU which serve the Power. the hawk does carries bleeding quarries to its young . better. for this is past aU gods Immutable. which builds. to form the Good unto unformed. the dead to yet fife. RuUng aU things which accordant to the rale and use. None to forbid . Of virtue. above aU Marking Beyond the behind aU modes. to By wordless edict having none bid. weU which hinder . 169 host And wane . whereby each of this heavenly dies. spheres. Fulfils its shining life Sakwal and darkUng and by Sakwal. depths heights he passed Transported through the blue infinitudes. . A Power unspeakable. the worm does weU Obedient Which to its kind . supreme. truth. better unto best. . So that And iU aU is beauty. and builds again.BOOK THE SIXTH. nay.
gro^wth. pain. aside. which with evU mars the law. Not to be laid aside untU one Living Birth. But when the fourth watch came the secret came Of Sorrow.170 THE LIGHT OF ASIA. fire. How that Being These doing. but he who . pleasure. with aU its changing states. The dewdrop and the star the to shine sisterly. dies to Uve weU So if he And guide ways by blamelessness earnest wiU to hinder not but help life. and decay. As damp was and dross hold back the opened " goldsmith's Then the Dukha-satya " him First of the Noble Truths . none strips off sad deUghts and pleasant griefs who lacks knows Knowledge to know them snares . moving how Sorrow is Sljadow to life. love. . Globing And together in common work man who lives his die. where Ufe doth lays move . All things both great and small which suffer These did our Lord see in the middle watch. hatred.
and pride Praise. conquest. robes. Thus Life's thirst quenches itself . The eyes of such a one are wide. Rich Of To or domination. and sins that flow from strife. some sweet.BOOK THE SIXTH. and and meats and fair abodes. Loves life longer but ensues escape. love . wealth. Deeper that thirst which makes the and living drink deeper of the false salt waves Whereon they float. the Mother of But Desire. ' and so Vedana grows Sense-Ufe sad or ' false in its gladness. ancient Unes. Tendency Vidnnan Perverse : Tendency Energy comes Whereby And With Namarupa. Trishna. I?! Avidya Delusion no sets those snares. glad. feU in sadness. Some bitter. fame. local form the man name and bodiment. bringing to the sensible. pleasures. and strife live. senses naked A helpless mirror of aU shows which pass Across his heart . he sees Delusion breeds Sankhara. lust of days. ambitions.
Released from aU the skandhas of flesh . strive . informing what fresh frame it takes new new existence that the not toils prove Lighter Thus " and fighter to be " at aU. the thoughts it had. feeds his sense false shows. free from Earth's the . saved Broken from ties from Upadanas . time. With draughts Tears from his No longer To seek on which double thirst. either never more Needing Or In so to find a body and a place.172 THE LIGHT OF ASIA. wrong not mind not. cheats finishing the Path . Grows pure and sinless . tiU The Karma the sum of ended all that total of a soul Which is the things it The ' did. Self ' it on wove with woof of viewless Crossed The the warp invisible of acts outcome of him on the Universe. files his firm not. but who is wise soul this Trishna. passions that And so constraining aU they die life Famished . bearing meek All ills which flow from foregone wrongfulness.
BOOK THE SIXTH. aroused and sane As is UntU a man wakened from hateful dreams. greater than to Kings. and gUdes to nameless nameless joy. Far off the shadowy hills the world was great Sun. 173 From whirling on the wheel . than Gods Ufe more glad 1 The aching Lifeless craze live ends. Blessed Nirvana sinless. poured forth fleeting folds of Night's black drapery. by flower Felt the warm breath of Mom and 'gan unfold . before 'ware. quiet. High in the widening blue the herald-star Faded to Brighter paler silver as there shot and brightest bars of rosy gleam Across the Saw the grey. stirless rest That change which never changes ! Lo I the Dawn Sprang with Buddh's Victory of ! lo I in the East Flamed the first fires Through beauteous day. flower And donned their crowns of crimson.
'broidering fringe. the BulbuTs hymn. Swept the swift Over the of spangled grass footsteps the lovely Light. the myna's .174 THE LIGHT OF ASIA. The " " morning. strokes green hammersmith. Children. thrush. The Koil's fluted song. which waved salutation darting beams of gold the glades . Turning Decking the tears of Night to joyous gems. praise the light day ! " Whereat there piped anthems of aU the birds. of the palms. Thefr tender lids. morning of of the painted The twitter the sunbirds starting forth ere To find the The grey Of the honey the bees be out. the scream. stream touching with magic wand to rippled raby . the chirp. the earth with radiance. The sinking storm-clouds with a golden Gilding Glad Into The the feathers . in the brake Finding the mild eyes of the antelopes " And saying it is day . partot's crow's caw. " in nested sleep a Touching the small " heads under many wing of And whispering.
the aU evil Counted fuU tale of coins . the heart at of sad Yasodhara. Kings at fierce war caUed trace . The slayer hid his knife . fail Sitting forlom Came Nor So sudden Prince Siddartha's as bliss. far An and near.BOOK THE SIXTH. 1 75 The never finished love-talk of the doves : Yea I and so holy was the influence victory there spread Of that high Dawn which came with That. the sick men leaped Laughing As though from beds of pain . the voice of bodiless Prets Bhuts . though it wist not glad the World was why -- That over desolate wastes went swooning and songs Of mirth. if love should not such vast sorrow miss to end in joy. as Of that divinest Daybreak Ughtened Earth. hearts the balm Grew gentle. in homes of men unknown peace. bed. shroff The robber laid his plunder back . the dying smiled they knew that happy Morn was sprang From fountains farther than the And o'er utmost East . kind hearts gentler.
" "There hath happed mighty Also in Ran and Jungle the grew that day . finished and the priests with the wondering people in the streets golden splendors Watching And those flood the sky some saying thing. the the emerald halcyons dreaming while fishes played beneath. the shrike let pass nestiing-finch . Under the eagle's rock the brown hares scoured While his fierce beak but The snake sunned aU preened an idle wing . Nor hawked the merops. the Spirit Lord Lay potent upon man and bird and beast. though the butterflies Crimson and blue and amber flitted thick of our Around his perch . his jewels in the beam sheath With The Sate deadly fangs in . and Devas in the I " air It is finished.176 THE LIGHT OF ASIA. . Foreseeing Cried Stood " Buddh . spotted Friendship amongst creatures deer Browsed fearless And cheetahs where the tigress pool fed her cubs. lapped the beside the bucks .
. Gahakutangwisang khitang. rejoicing. Punagehang nakdhasi . strong and Beneath the Tree. 1 77 Even whUe he mused under that Bodhi-tree. yanhdnangkhayamajhagd. in hearing of aU Times and Worlds : Anekajdtisangsdrang Sandhdwissang anibhisang Gahakdrakangawesanto Dukkhdjdtipunappunang. Wisangkhdragatang chittang. Then he arose radiant.BOOK THE SIXTH. for aU Glorified with the Conquest gained And Ughtened by a Light greater than Day's. Gahakdrakadithosi . Ufting high his voice Spake this. Sabhdtephdsukhdbhaggd.
. sorrow-fraught . Thou Builder I know of this Tabernacle Thou ! Thee ! These Never shalt thou build again walls of pain. nor lay Nor raise the roof-tree of Fresh Broken rafters on the clay . Many Hath held me a House of Life seeking ever him who wrought These prisons of the senses. and the ridge-pole split Delusion fashioned it I Safe pass I thence deuverance to obtain. deceits.178 the light of asia. Sore was my ceaseless strife i But now. ! thy house is.
him her the Liege and Prince on news of some recluse Seen far away by pasturing camel-men Or traders threading devious paths for gain. hope. The glory of her monarch and . Widowed And ever. Sorrowful dwelt the AU those King Suddhodana long the years among the Sakya Lords Lacking speech and presence of his Son . Sorrovrful AU those sate the sweet Yasodhara no long of years.Booft tije Se&enl!i. Messengers from the King many had a gone and come Bringing Lonely The account of holy sage and lost to home . knowing living joy of life. but nought of him crown of white Kapilavastu's his Une.
or Far-wandered now. moved and painfuUy those smaU fine feet faU Which had the In roe's gait and the rose-leafs old years at the loving of voice of him. Slow and of mouming-white her breast. tender cheeks Were Her wan with tears. But When And on a day in the Wasanta-time. those lamps love. changed. grief. on silver sprays swing the mango-trees all the earth is clad with garb of spring. if Her eyes. The heart's content of sweet Yas6dhara. The Princess sate by that bright garden-stream Whose gfiding glass. of her hair . bordered Mirrored so often with lotus-cups. in the bfiss gone by Her Uds Their cUnging hands and meeting Ups. was as widows use no omament nor any jewel clasped the cloth crossed on Coarse. lips' deficious curves were drawn hid with The lustrous glory Close-bound She wore. forgetful. which were as . her had thinned . dead.i8o the light of ASIA.
lUumining Night's Unlighted now. bitter When was Night ! mother of weeping days ! to fond Love scorned so pitiless love Save that this The other to Umit love a by Ufe ?) led her Uttle son. boy left old. So whUe they fingered by the lotus-pools rice And. hand thick with pearls. the pledge Siddartha now seven years Named Rahula tripped Gladsome beside his mother. light To see heart the spring-blooms burgeon o'er the world. Ughtiy laughing. of who Divinely fair. To feed the blue Rahula flung and purple fish . Scarce marked peace with Daytime's glow and roving aimlessly. . and she With sad eyes watched the swiftly-flying cranes. that night Siddartha's treasured since he fled (Ah. signs of the clustering coming Spring So the In one siUi lashes drooped was a girdle over their orbs.BOOK THE seventh. l8t SunUght should shine from out the deepest dark.
And and have worshipped knees brows. Sighing. bring . who Tripusha called and Bhalluk. but they bring seen which doth beggar these. for He is our ! Thy Lord. and Yea. teacher of the wise. offered offerings . and unknown birds. Lord. for he is become a AU which was shown. spice. Cut ivories. one touch of him ! " So. . men of Long travelled from the loud sea's edge. ye shaU where my dear Lord is nigh hid. MarveUous lovely webs pictured with gold. Treasures That of far-off peoples . simples. wrought bowls in brass.1 82 " THE LIGHT OF ASIA. Waved blades of gilded steel. seen the hope of aU the land Siddartha I they have him face to him with face. If Oh ! light creatures of the wandering wing. At the Great Princess I there have entered south gate merchants of Hastinpur worth. as they some " played and sighed mother and child Came among the damsels of the Court in Saying. Say For that Yasodhara lives one word of to death his mouth.
holy. but if their tale be true. lo ! he journeyeth hither these do say. My giris." If there be gifts to speak my grateful So went those merchants to the Pleasure-House.BOOK THE SEVENTH." she These my purdah. for ye shaU have guerdon of this heart. Who doth deliver wonderful ." Then while the glad blood when bounded in her veins As Gunga leaps first the uprose mountain snows Melt And at her springs Yasodhara clapped her palms. " and laughed. With gems that Kings shaU envy : come ye too. girdles with much Say fiU theh gold. merchants to Oh I quick. for mine ears Thirst like parched throats to drink their blessed news. Beading " her lashes. Full softly pacing through 'its golden ways . I 83 World-honored. call with brimming tears cried. Go bring I wiU them in. a Buddh men and save aU flesh Heaven : By sweetest speech and pity vast as And.
184 With naked THE LIGHT OF ASIA. Speak I for." Friends are ye of my House. fiUed " With trembling music. holy. World-honored. if this be. fair Sirs ! and ye have seen my Lord Yea. the Prince Thine most. " We have seen sacred Master. for Is found a greater lost a than the King of Under the Bodhi-tree That which shaU save by the of Phalgu's bank world hath late been of aU wrought By him the Friend aU. worshipped for he is become and a Buddh. glories of Much wondering at the the Court. . Princess ! who was we have bowed Prince kings. High Lady ! from whose tears men win The comfort of this Word the Master speaks. welcome and Then That answer made Tripusha. deUvers men. amid the peering maids. A voice. And journeyeth hither. Whom. feet. dear. Before his feet . saying. tender and eager. when they came without the purdah's and charmed folds. From Ye are come far.
We ourselves have heard By Gaya in the green Tchimika grove Those wondrous lips and done them first rains reverence : faU.BOOK THE SEVENTH. Preaching The hearts those noble ways which of men follow his path as leaves Troop to wind or sheep draw after one Who knows the pastures. 1 85 Lo ! he is weU. Moreover as town by town. but this great thing WistyehowitbefeU?" Then Bhalluk told Such as the people of the vaUeys knew the air Of that dread night of confUct. Shining with risen Trath. " mastered breath to answer. for joy. he entereth golden and clear. and Yasodhara. Uplifted as one beyond aU Uls. lead to peace." He cometh hither ere the Thus Scarce Now Who spake he. ~ as a god from earthly woes. worthy friends ! of bring good tidings . when . with Be it weU and at all times ye.
Darkened fiendish shadows. yet strange to profit by. Buddh aU Winning For the way. in this earth without a refuge.1 86 with THE LIGHT OF ASIA. for how shaU men Buddh mused Who love their And drink sins and cleave to cheats of sense. had deemed it passed. spake he. that heart golden load . Also how gloriously that moming broke Radiant with rising hopes for man. and how The Lord was found rejoicing 'neath his Tree. of error from a thousand springs Having The no mind to see. nor strength to break fleshly snare which binds them and how should such Receive the Twelve Nidanas the Law Redeeming As the aU. and the waters swelled with Mara's wrath. mortal feet. door? caged bird oft shuns its opened So had we missed the helpful victory If. and the earth Quaked. on on Truth's lay. and none foUowing . of release But many days the burden To be Safe A escaped beyond shore aU storms of doubt. too hard him.
As the keen Sun gilding the lotus-lakes Seeth And which buds wUl open to his beams roots which are not yet risen from their " . ! Sruyatdm thy dharma. . so as if " the earth Moaned in birth-throe Nasyatilbka!" Nasyami am aham bhl^ Surely I lost. sharp But in that hour there rang As cry of a voice as travail. be Showing how birth and should destroyed. by the hUls Benares. and next I AND MY creatures : then a pause. said they. Law Bhagwat ! Oh. Yea ! I preach ! Whoso wiU listen let him leam the Law. where he taught the death Five. 1 87 Yet pondered the compassion of our Lord. Then spake. to who should hear and who must wait hear. Supreme I Let great be uttered Whereupon The Master Saw cast his vision forth on flesh." Afterwards Unto passed he. on A pleading " sigh borne the western " wind.BOOK THE SEVENTH. divinely smiUng.
And how man hath no fate except past deeds. Made perfect in restraint and passion-free. also Basava. first Kaundinya the Paths . with nobles fifty-four Master spake Hearing the blessed and word our Worshipped foUowed . . Asvajit. But. no Heaven too high sleep subdued. These sixty said they did our Lord send forth. there the Within the Deer-park. Mahanama .Ia THE light OF ASIA. for there sprang up time come peace And knowledge In all who of a new for men heard. No HeU but For those to This was what he makes. of the Rishis. as spring the flowers through a and grass When water sparkles sandy plain. Yasad the Prince at feet of Buddh. reach whose passions the fifteenth and day of Vaishya was Mid-aftemoon that night full moon. O-wned the Four Traths And after and entered on him Bhadraka.
and after King Bimbasara the and his foUc befieved. Learning Also he law the of love and ordered gave Master. What delivers from Ufe's That our woe know. of free gift. named Weiuvana. carved with this Ye dharma hetuppabhawd Yesan hetun Tathdgato .BOOK THE SEVENTH. Pouring The forth water on the hands of Buddh Bamboo-Garden. Ufe. Wherein And the are streams and caves and lovely glades . : King set a stone there. Aha yesan Ewan cha yo nirodho wadi Maha samano. " What fife's course and cause sustain These Tathagato made plain . these To Yashti and King Bimbasara's Where many days he taught ." Lord hath made us . I89- To teach the Way . but the World-honored tumed and South from the Deer-park Isipatan realm.
and spread his Law . Shun evO. Etan Bndhdnusdsanan. duU. and the jewels The Princess recompensed. .190 THE LIGHT OF ASIA. Sa chitta pariyodapanan . hold sway Way. follow good . and where the Teacher spake Wisdom So that Such as power." Over thyself This is the Whom. " But by what road Wendeth my Lord? she asked : the merchants said. nine hundred took the yellow robe the Master wears. when they ended. in that Garden said they there was held A high Assembly. And this the githi was wherewith he closed : Sabba pdpassa Kusalassa akaranan . And. winning all souls which heard. upasampada . " EvU swells the debts to pay. Good deUvers and acquits . With gifts. speaking thanks which made " so of him.
for thee ' Wheretlirough he hath Prays of not ceased to seek his son to come unto his own." die and see thy face nine horsemen " sent Yasodhara of Bidden to say. moon. no more.BOOK THE SEVENTH. treading Came in one eight slow koss a day. I9I " Yojans threescore stretch from the path city-walls To Rajagriha. Nearer the pyre The King Suddhodana years of by seven long lack." Then the Sent Nine nobles of King hearing word. the Court well-mounted lords separate messengers. The Throne Lest he Also shaU and people of this longing Realm. Passeth whence the easy by Sona hither and the hiUs. " each embassy Bidden to say. The Princess thy House thy face sweUing heart Rahula's mother craves to see As the night-blo^wing moon-flower's Pines for the moon. Wait for a woman's as pale asoka-buds foot : if thou hast found . Our oxen.
hearing of Buddha's words. lost thought of and hearing and each King gazed quest. sacred Poured from those lips. who sees mogras spread their utter sweetness on the air. Of the sad Princess even . but it befell in his mouth. Look ! Uke the a bee Winged for the And scents hive. she prays her part in this. enlightening aU. Rahula's part. compassionate. . only Eye-rapt upon the Master . only hung Heart-caught upon the speech. go the purpose their speed. pure. Commanding. he on wiU not heed . Forgot to speak. More than was lost. but So sped the most of aU thyself" Sakya Lords. If he be If night honey-filled. be nigh. with the message Entered the Bamboo-Garden in that hour When Buddha taught his Law . That each one. these messengers One Let with another. rain. perfect. and mixed.192 THE LIGHT OF ASIA. Needs must he light those so delicious blooms And drain their nectar . or it matters not .
nought Purging past wrongs and adding thereto. Complete in love and lovely charities. plucked Who.BOOK THE SEVENTH. Then meekly bowed his head Before the people. Let no man miss to render reverence To those who lend him no fife. and her's. It is my " and spake our Lora Surely my I shaU go I duty as it was wiU . playmate in the happier days the garden. whereby come means To Uve BUssful and die more. if keep the Law. faithfuUest. go Wherefore the King the bade that Uda)d and Chiefest in Siddartha's all Court. Let the King know and let the Princess hear 13 . 193 Heedless of aU. amid the Master's train. as he drew of anear Blown tufts tree-wool from the grove and sealed The entrance of his hearing . peril of thus he the came Safe through the And told the lofty place message of the King. but ye safe attain Nirvana.
I take the way Of white forthwith. the drums lords Should boom Should Ught Where they So that the In rose and Siddartha worship. It the day he was ordained how many and elephants With silver howdahs their tusks gold-tipped and where " Should wait beyond the " ford. cometh ! where the and and the dancing-girls and should strew their flowers with dance song steed he rode might tramp knee-deep be fair . and aU men's ears were pricked ." This told. roads were laid with scented boughs neem and mango. and the ways While the town rang This was with music and ordained. the folk fields' Kapilavastu and its their Made ready for the At the south gate a entrance of Prince. bright pavilion rose With flower-wreathed Wrought Also the Of on piUars and the waUs of silk their red and green with woven gold.194 ' THE LIGHT OF ASIA. and full mussuks shed Sandal and jasmine and on on the dust. balsam. when and flags should come Fluttered . high joy.
Now he cometh ButitfeU Sager to be before Yasodhara city-walls Rode in her Utter to the Where soared the bright paviUon. a patient folk poor. rising To peer the dawn the trees along the road. came. On that the suburb-huts where base-boms dwelt and Outside the gates. for the on southem road Skirted its lawns. temple-dram . ere were quick With expectation. Yet those. to of some climb At far-off trumpet Or stir of elephant.BOOK THE SEVENTH. . All around A beauteous Shaded with garden smUed Nigrodha named bel-trees and and the green-plumed dates. too. banks New-trimmed Of fraits and gay with winding walks and flowers . I 1 95 Dawn after dawn " to catch the first drum's beat 1 " Announcing. this hand leaf and bloom. Whose touch for Kshatriya Were sore and priest of Brahm defilement. and when none Busied with lowly chares to please the Prince .
These The Princess marked with lovely languid eyes. and with such a passage . and passers gave bent Like them to listen if the News One A of the path. Sweeping Stringing New their the door-stones. the furbishing Lingam.196 THE LIGHT OF ASIA. bore the bowl so lordly seemed. decking boughs. Watching. moved. yellow cloth over his shoulder cast. shaped melonwise. So feU it with she beheld close slow approaching his head shorn. Two followed him wearing the But he who yeUow robe. noise new Yesterday's faded arch of but aye Questioning Be on wayfarers if any the road of great Siddartha. the a Meekly Taking And at each hut-door he held dole space. setting forth thefr flags. So reverend. the southward plain. Girt An as the hermits are. and in his hand which earthen bowl. fluted fig-leaves into chains. thanks the granted with gentle all as gently passing where none gave. as they.
as they reached him the givers gazed Awestrack upon his face. Afl:erwards. That. aU unveUed. when this weeping and one lady passed Into the Noble Paths. tiU slowly. " looked footfall silken a Rishi thus? he came with quiet on Nigh the paviUon. lo ! the door Lifted. smote such sweet eyes of holiness alms all. whispering "Who is he? But as who? when with covered Ups. and some ran to fetch fresh Grieved to be Children poor .BOOK THE SEVENTH. " Stood in his With path Siddartha ! Lord ! " wide eyes streaming upon and with close-clasped hands. Then sobbing feU his feet. group by group. vowed of aU mortal passion and the . and lay. and some bent down gifts In worship. and. I97 With With SO commanding presence filled the air. Yasodhara crying. and men and women drew behind Into his steps. had prayed Answer from Buddha Quit wherefore being touch.
looketh south merchant of coast which To Lanka and hiding-place of pearls. Three Who eras of long toil bring Bodhisats world wiU be guides and help this darkUng is named ' Unto Of deliverance. So many A rains it is the the since I was Ram. spread are ye rather that your freedom By patient winning and sweet wisdom's skiU. of a woman's hands suffered such embrace. being bonds. 'scaped from of Take heed that no man. Yasodhara . but Searching Count the mine eyes were sealed. desiring for wisdom.' Lo ! I lived good. the Master with said : The greater beareth it the lesser love So it may raise unto easier heights. Vexeth bound Free souls with boasts liberty.198 THE LIGHT OF ASIA. Flower-soft He " and conquering. ' and the first second deep Resolve.' the of Attempt. grey seeds on yonder castor-clump. Resolve.' The third In era of of ' Nomination. Also in that far time.
. Tender And I as now. the threshold she for whom I toiled . and after storm and deadly woes strife with creatures of the deep. pearl Searching MoonUke I won therefrom a glorious. and hardly that no reached my door the sea Aching with white wealth of Tied in my And on Yet food was there . remember how I journeyed thence poor Seeking our gain. I toU Passed to the And And Straits. venturing. for the household was And lowly. tempt Perils Leave by land and water.BOOK THE SEVENTH. She Not the less that with wistful tears nor prayed me I should not ' part. Then I glad mine hiUs. iU was I stead to live journey home. and Lukshmi was her name. beneath the the and wave midnight and the noon. ' How could love what it loved ? she waUed . 199 Dwelt with me in our village by the sea. for food girdle. yet. such as Kings came might buy Emptying Unto their treasury. but over aU that land Famine In spread sore .
Their perfect nor and Law Good fulfil dimmed. and most beauty being freefiest hiU like given. cried I. : Here is a kingdom's ransom for life Give Lukshmi bread Whereat MiUet one and take my moonlight of aU pearl. and as dew roe Dropped in the footmark Unto the shoreless of a bounding that gift seas. My last large gain. pearl Lo ! thou didst love indeed ! comfort I spent my WeU in that life to heart and mind Else quite uncomforted. three and clutched the But Lukshmi lived ' and sighed with gathered ' Ufe.200 THE LIGHT OF ASIA. beauteous thing. so was Unto my present giving . More than Nigh Then unto myself lay with her speechless Ups death for one smaU gift of grain. from the a deeper of wave The Twelve Nidanas Cannot be spent. but -these won pure pearls. and so love . ' If there be who hath one of grain.' brought the last seers his hoard. For like Heaped as is to Meru the yonder by Uttie ants.
drove the spurs. wrathful sorrow drove he spat. being softly But when the the King heard how Siddartha came Shorn." Passed into peace and bUss. . so the feet of sweet Yasodhara led. " finding breath to say. dashed.BOOK THE SEVENTH. Scarce through wondering streets and lanes folk. lords. forth Love from his heart. with mendicant's sad-colored cloth. 20I Vaster in being free from toils of sense Was And wisest stooping to the weaker heart . and strode straight Lackeyed by trembUng Frowning and he cloinb Upon his war-horse. tiU the roads were lost. Plucked at Thrice on the ground his sUvered beard. And stretching From out a bowl to gather orts base-borns' leavings. " The King by : I bow down ! Ere the loud cavalcade had clattered Which at the turning by the Temple-wall encountered Where the A mighty south gate was seen full crowd . of Angered. to every edge of it Poured fast more people.
Met the following him whose look serene old King's.202 THE LIGHT OF ASIA. while Nor lived the father's wrath Longer than the gentle eyes of on Buddh Lingered in worship his troubled brows. So dear it seemed see the Prince. that majesty which brought so awed and silent. to earth Then downcast sank. heir have Of Kings What Thou did but clap their palms to earth could give or eager service bring? should'st have come apparelled in thy rank. to mark That glory greater than of earthly state Crowning AU men. shorn. sandalled. " Ends it in this Siddartha a steals into his realm. his head. Wrapped in Of clout. with his true knee. he son fife was as a God's ? and My I heir who of this spacious power. Blotted by that huge company close which thronged And grew. and With shining spears and tramp of horse foot. . craving food whose low-boms. in his steps. to know him whole. In To proud humility. Nathless the That great King broke forth.
there the widows foregoing song joys . 203 Lo ! And aU my soldiers camped upon the road. Where hast thou sojourned tlirough these evil years Whilst thy Lived Never as crowned father use. too. but of descent invisible. and what they did I do. but no deed like " Not of a mortal Une." the Master said.BOOK THE SEVENTH. " I spake. tiU now cloth of gold she welcomes home spouse in yeUow remnants clad. aU my city waited at the gates . Son ! why is this?" " My Father 1 " came reply. ." custom of my " Thy race." Answered the King " counteth a hundred thrones this. mourned ? and she. " It is the race. or string. and who shaU The Buddhas Of these am who have been be : I. once hearing once sound of Nor wearing When in her A beggar the festal robe.'' From Maha Sammat.
204 And this THE LIGHT OF ASIA. eight right Rules whereby upon who wiU may walk Monarch or slave the perfect Path and That hath its Stages Four Precepts Eight.ig On For either side he told the things pureness. and while they Through worshipping streets the Princess and the Ki. The first-fruits Which now the treasure he hath brought ." Then the Inquired " King amazed What treasure ? royal " and the Teacher took paced Meekly the palm. . Than The As by and being more mightiest Kings in Helper their puissance. appointed of the Worlds should bow now do I where and with all lowly love Proffer. I proffer. it is of owed for tender debts. aU And that. self-control. love Prince in hermit-weeds . those Four which make peace and noble Truths Which hold Those all wisdom as shores shut the seas. which now befalls so feU before That at his gate a King a in warrior-mail Should meet his son.
205 Whereby Wise Shall or whoso wiU live mighty or mean unlearned. So they came Palace-porch.BOOK THE SEVENTH. And that night entered they the Way of Peace. young or old soon or late break from the wheels of Ufe Attaining Into the blest Nirvana. eyes Whilst a new Ught brightened the and sunned lovely Of sweet Yasodhara her tears . With brows And in his drinking own hand carrying Buddha's bowl. woman. man. unknit Suddhodana the mighty words. .
The homs Of white Himala look the year upon Which aU is glad with blooms and girt By groves made green from that bright streamlet's wave. and clad with waving veil and grass. A broad mead spreads by swift Kohana's bank a man At Nagara . Of and high heaps root and stem carved red stones cloven by Of creeping Of leaf fig. The still snake gUstens forth . spot holy all the : spirit of the Unto this time the breath of eve comes hushed Over the tangled thickets. Soft And are its slopes and cool its fragrant shades.aSoofe tlje (Eifiijtf). five days In ox-wain shaU bring thither from Benares' shrines Eastward and northward journeying. the place.
And stream. and gentle air unchanged.BOOK THE EIGHTH. Abide and sloping lawns. 207 From To crombled work of lac and cedar-beam? coil his folds there and on deep-graven slabs . The city of Suddhodana. AU else. terraces Fountains. The Uzard dwells darts o'er painted floors safe Where Kings have paced . To teach the Law in hearing of his Lo ! ye shaU read it in the Sacred Books glad pleasaunce-place How. Uke for this is the aU fair shows Of life. Girdled and tanks. the grey fox litters Under the broken thrones . hiU blue Whereon. At sinking upon an eve of gold and sun Lord Buddha set himself own. all the earnest tiirong . and rose-banked by gay paviUons and the sweep Of stately palace-fronts the Master sate Eminent. being A garden met in that in old days with hanging walks. only the peaks. worshipped. are fled where it stood.
He sate. Seriyut and MugaUan. Nearest in aU the world to him whose words The Three Worlds waited for. crores of Uving souls Upon the King's right hand the Sakya and round were ranged Lords Ananda. A goodly Rahula company. hers. sweet Yasodhara. yellow chiefs calm brethren in the garb.208 THE LIGHT OF ASIA. Catching That the opening of his lips to leam made our wisdom which hath Asia mild . Between his knees wondering chUdish eyes smUed with Bent Sate on the awful face. Whereto four hundred Witness this day. that life of which knows age. her heartaches that Foreseeing On fair love which doth not feed no fleeting sense. his Wherefore laid upon hands. folding his around silver shoulder-cloth yeUow robe. Behind Of the Devadatta stood aU the Court. whUe at his feet gone. That blessed last His victory Her hand Her and deaths when Death is she dead. I cannot teU .
seemed Night Ustened in the And Noon upon the mountains . to the seventh opened their past zone TiU Heaven was emptied And uttermost dark Hells bars . glens So that it. moving all. writ that they who lakhs more crores more than could be seen. Also the dayUght Ungered In its time rose-leaf radiance on the watching peaks. knowing he to speak was not wit beyond the books . yea ! they write. wise. of that large discourse I know spake on Which Buddha Also I know it Were more the soft Indian heard eve. 2O9 broke scribe A small part of the splendid : lore which From Buddha's lips I am a late-come of Who love the Master And teU this But have and his love men. For aU the Devas and the Dead thronged there. Which A Uttle once was new and mighty.BOOK THE EIGHTH. script and ancient And time hath blurred their sense. The evenmg stood between them like some maid . legend.
come of the Aryan seemed blood. were stranger while he taught. and the deepening dark breath woven garments. Squat toad. or of fish fanning the river-waves . lizard. pearled dove. slave. Yea. So that their lives prisoned in shape of ape. shagged bear. and. Nay. or hea:"d Though he in the land. and The birds and beasts creeping things 'tis writ Had sense of Buddha's vast embracing love piteous speech And took the promise of his .2IO TBE LIGHT OF ASIA. rapt . or speckled serpent. bat . the Her Her forehead-jewel. great and smaU. jackal. those Who crowded by the river. Foul-feeding kite. or deer. to hear outside Or Mlech or Jungle-dweUer What tongue his fellows talked. High caste or low. the smooth-rolled cloud? Her braided hair . the And diamonds of studded stars the pearls moon her coronal . or wolf. Tiger. or peacock gemmed. iove-strack. 'Twas her close-held Which came in scented sighs across the lawns who WhUe our Lord taught. Celestial.
sole meditating in that Night and Look not for Brahm nor the Beginning there Nor him.. 211 Touched meekly With man who at the skirts of brotherhood hath less innocence than these . ! Who answers. mind. errs. Who asks doth err. know by mortal after veU wiU upon veU lift but there must be VeU behind. . : Brahm. BOOK THE EIGHTH. And in mute gladness knew their bondage broke these things Whilst Buddlia spake before the King : o>o Om. any light ShaU any Or any VeU gazer see with mortal searcher eyes. amttaya ! measure not with words : Th' Immeasurable nor sink the string of thought Into the Fathomless. Say nought The Books teach Darkness was. And at first of aU.
changing them A mighty whirfing wheel of strife and stress Which none can stay or stem. and This is enough death and joy and and woe abide . cause and sequence. Give the lost wavelets back in cloudy fleece and glide again To trickle down the hills. the phantasms are . Unked Uke a river By The To ripples following the ripples. steaming to the Sun. Which.212 THE LIGHT OF ASIA. for it ! seek cannot speak not your moumful minds with pious pains Ah ! Brothers. ceaseless the course of time. And Being's tide. Pray Vex not I the Darkness the wUl not brighten I Ask I ! Nought from Silence. Stars sweep That Ufe And and question not. fast or slow same yet not where same from far-off fountain its waters flow Into the seas. ever-changing. Having This is The no pause or peace. Worlds. . These. and changes Heavens. Earths. Sisters . enough to know. runs.
and whatsoever and woe. Who toiled For a slave may come anew a Prince . . and is. The devils in the underworlds wear out Deeds that were wicked in an age gone by. As for Powers above. sins grow purged thereby. nor feed fruit . with aU flesh Uves. Nay. rags gentie worthiness and merit won Who raled a King may wander earth in For things done and undone. last for first of and first for last . below. yourselves deliverance must be sought . Act maketh joy What hath been bringeth Worse better what shaU be. Nothing Foul endures : fau: vfrtues waste with time. around. The Angels in the Heavens Gladness reap Fraits of a holy past. Each man his prison makes.BOOK THE EIGHTH. 213 Nought from the helpless gods by gift and with hymn. Each hath such with lordship as the loftiest ones . and cakes Nor bribe Within with blood.
it lower many than the worm or gnat end of myriad Uves is this. . . peace. a The Heart boundless curse. be . The Heart Stronger than Doth pass Being is is celestial rest woe will : that which was Good to Better Best. . Ye are not bound ! the Soul of of Things is sweet. Only. the spokes unceasingly ! If ye lay bound way of of upon the wheel of change. Who Go while turns this no wheel invisible.214 '^^^ LIGHT OF ASIA. mount No pause. who falls may . And no were of breaking Being is from the chain. Higher than Indra's And The sink ye may Uft your lot. no staying-place can mounts wiU round fall. The Soul Things feU Pain. The end of myriads that.
. I Higher than show you Trath ! Lower than utmost heU.BOOK THE EIGHTH. heaven. shaped of its hand lotus-leaves seeds : soil and the silence of the The robe of Spring it weaves . woe. Its tire of tears. Is fixed Power divine endure. brothers' I. a and without an end. None And holds you that Uve and and die. its nave of nothingness. Before As beginning. space etemal and as surety sure. which moves Only its laws This is its touch The fashion In dark upon the blossomed rose. None ye else compels. Laugh who wept with aU was my Whose heart and am broken by a whole world's glad. and hug Its spokes of agony. outside the stars. Buddh. Farther than Brahm doth dweU. for there is Liberty ! Ho 1 ye who suffer 1 know Ye suffer from other yourselves. kiss whirl upon the wheel. to good. 215 tears. Behold.
it cubs to her . That is its painting And these its on the glorious clouds. it brings loveliness ancient wrath and wreck. wind.2l6 THE LIGHT OF ASIA. it brings All liketh it . for unloved things It findeth food and friends. . Out Ever AU duU shells the pheasant's pencilled neck. Out of the of dark it wrought the heart of man. its slaves lightning. emeralds on the peacock's train . It hath its In stations in the stars . weU. and rain. the sweet white milk To mothers' breasts . to at toU. doves know them It spreadeth forth for flight the she eagle's wings sends What time The she-wolf beareth home her prey . the The white six-sided ceU ant wots of its ways. the Its honey-pot . It is not marred nor stayed in any use. it brings the white drops. Wherewith the young snake stings. too. The grey eggs in the golden sun-bird's nest bees' Its treasures are.
Nursing strange seedUngs at Devising leaves. It slayeth and it saveth. blades. sapphires. no^vvise moved Except unto are the working out of doom . This is its The work upon the things are more ye see. 217 The ordered music of makes the marching orbs It In in viewless canopy of sky . blooms-. too. abyss of earth it hides up gold. deep Sards. lazuU. It maketh and unmaketh. Ever It and ever sitteth bringing secrets forth. plans grows the splendid pattem that wistful it hands between. What it hath Slow Its is better than hath been . the great Law binds. The thoughts of peoples and their ways and wiUs. . unseen things . and Pain The shuttles of its loom.BOOK THE EIGHTH. Those. mending wrought aU . in the green of forest-glades the cedar's root. men's hearts and minds. Death and Its threads Love and Life .
Who thwarts it The hidden good loses. its faultless balance will . speaketh stronger than the storm. pays with peace and bUss. after many days. it and who serves it gains . It wiU not be contemned of any one . It knows Its not wrath nor pardon . to render. By this the slayer's knife did stab himself. utter-trae weighs measures are as mete. Though Dharma tarry long.2l8 THE LIGHT OF ASIA. defender . Pity and Love are man's mass because long stress Moulded blind to form. the creeping thief And spoUer rob. The hidden Ul with pains. to-morrow it judge. . It seeth everywhere and marketh aU : Do The right it recompenseth ! do one wrong equal retribution must be made. The unjust judge hath lost his own The false tongue dooms its lie . Times Or nought. Unseen it helpeth Unheard it ye with faithful hands.
the and corn Was com. Obey ! The Books say weU. in past Sesamum. it Which none at last can tum aside or The heart of it is Love. The bygone bring forth sorrows and woes The bygone right breeds bUss. . so much weed and poison-stuff. which mar the aching earth. my Brothers I The outcome of wrongs each man's Ufe his former living is . the end of Is Peace and Consummation sweet. so much cast birth . 2I9 Such is the Law which moves to righteousness. He cometh. reaper of the things he sowed. And Him and corn.BOOK THE EIGHTH. sesamum was See yonder fields ! The sesamura. The SUence the Darkness knew ! So is a man's fate born. That which ye sow ye reap. stay .
If he shall labor rightly. If making The lie none to lack. rich harvest due. and rend Desire from TiU love it clings with end : bleeding roots. If he who liveth.220 THE LIGHT OF ASIA. learning debt for and whence woe springs. he throughly purge and lust of self forth from his blood . Whose whose iUs are dead and quit. and Holy and kind trae . offence Suffering aU meekly. of Ufe have He dying good leaveth as the sum of him and A life-count closed. rooting these. far near. is quick and mighty. rendering for Nothing but grace and good : If he shaU day by day just and where dweU merciful. Endureth patiently. fair the the ground shall be. striving to pay His utmost ancient evils done In Love Truth alway . So that fraits foUow it. . wholesome seedlings where and clean And planting Fruitful And and they grew.
nor ache of earthly joys nor and woes Invade his safe etemal peace recur. MANi padme. deaths And lives He goes Unto Nirvana. Yet Uves not. He is He is OM one with Life blest. slips Om. . ! the I Dewdrop Into the shining sea This is the doctrine of the Karma. nor sins Stain him. .BOOK THE EIGHTH. Only when life dies like a white flame spent Death dies along with it. Leam ! Only when aU the dross of sin is quit. 221 No need hath such to live as ye name life . That which began in him when he began Is finished : he hath wrought the purpose through Of what did make him Man. ceasing to be. Never shaU yearnings torture him.
Fresh Issues upon the Universe that sum of Which is the lattermost Its habitation as fives. Say not " I am. doth smite. and as feathered until fly O'er rock and loam sand. Also It issues forth to help or hurt." Think not ye pass from house to house of flesh Like traveUers lU-lodged who remember and forget. with broader gleam. they find Their marsh and multiply. up sweet airs breathe . The Should world grows sink richer. driven On wings of plague and bfight. It takes Function Takes and substance as the snake's scale and egg hatched reed-seeds fang ." or " I shall be. or weU-lodged. . But when the mild and just die.222 THE LIGHT OF ASIA. of When Death the bitter Red roams murderer the unpurged fragment him." " I was. as if desert-stream again away to sparkle Purer. It makes the worm spins silk And dwells therein.
Ye that 'will tread the Middle Road. whose course Bright Reason traces Ye who wiU and soft Quiet smoothes . Ache of the of birth. having. What lets? Brothers I the Darkness lets ! mazed which breeds Ignorance. For trae. and. cUng which work you woes. These fiU your piteous time. this Love reign King of all Before the Kalpas end. 223 So merit won winneth the happier age Which Yet must by demerit halteth Law of short of end . its As birds light and fly. The First Trath is Life of Sorrow. ache of the helpless days. Be not mocked : ! which ye prize is long-drawn agony pleasures are Only its pains abide wlfich . . take the high Nirvana-way List the Four Noble Traths. . To lusts whereby ye take these shows and thirst to have.BOOK THE EIGHTH. Ache hot youth and ache of manhood's prime Ache of the chill grey years and choking death.
ye cleave to shadows. drops they Ask of the sick. but vultures pick The joints of chief and King. lone these and forlorn. Of sapphire are no the skies. the lips which warlike Might. Love. but slaughter. Springs Senses of What Desire ? light grief itself and springs not of and things perceived mingle and quick spark of Passion's fire : So flameth Eager Trishna. .224 Sweet is fond The breasts GaUant is THE LIGHT OF ASIA. and make world around which seems . The Second Trath is Sorrow's Cause. the mourners. aU its forest-broods Uve . when men Famished. b'ut funeral-flames which pillow and must kiss cling . wise Liketh thee fife? say the babe is That weepeth. ask of on " him Who tottereth " his staff. midst ye dote on dreams . Beauteous is Plot Earth. cry mutual hungering to but give. A false Self in the A plant. lust and thirst of things. being born.
deaf to the past Of sweet airs breathed from far the true Indra's sky . faU hardly . thirst to the drink Karma retujrns again sodden self begins. where with the grain should grow. find SoU to and shoot And dragged And fierce Sense-struck And new with poisonous with drink the soul departs. So grieve poor cheated and flow salt tears . hates . To conquer This is lust of peace love of self and passion strife life. So. deceits it earns. So wax the passions. So grow the strifes and lusts which hearts make earth's war. envies. angers. Spreads the biran-weed And poisonous where its evil root good seeds blossoms . Dumb to the summons of life kept For him who false puts by. . So years chase blood-stained years With wild red feet. To tear deep-rooted To stUl from the breast. .BOOK THE EIGHTH. 225 sound BHnd to the height beyond. the inward . The Third is Sorrow's Ceasing.
duties done speech. for lay up lasting treasure Of perfect service soft rendered. Hear ! . for Life How The should and Death have their oU ceased spent . and near. The Noble Eightfold Path it goeth straight To peace and refuge. for pleasure countless wealth gods . Nor any death dispraise. days : These riches shall not fade away in Ufe. ? old sad count is clear. the new is clean Thus hath a man content. lamps fUcker when is . For love to clasp Eternal Beauty close . and stainless In charity. easy . feet to tread. Then Sorrow ends.226 THE LIGHT OF ASIA. Plain for aU It openeth wide. For glory to be Lord To Uve beyond the To of self. The Fourth Truth is The Way.
Walk of Dharma. By steep or gentie slopes the cUmber comes other world. . AU WUl reach the sunUt snows. lordship The Second is Right Purpose. shunning aU offence . weak must wind from slower ledge to ledge With many a place of rest. The First In fear In heed In good of Level is Right Doctrine. 227 Manifold tracks lead to Around whose snows yon sister-peaks the gilded clouds are curled . Soaring The and perilous. To aU Have good-wiU that Uves.BOOK THE EIGHTH. which doth make man's fate over sense. By lower or The firm soul by upper heights hastes. Karma. tarries. the mountain's breast . the feeble goes. letting unkindness die made And greed and wrath . so that your soft airs lives be Like passing by. So is the Eightfold Path which brings it to peace . . Where breaks that Strong Umbs may dare the ragged road which storms.
. As Govern the Ups they were palace-doors. Right Loneliness. Four higher roadways be. of Wife and ChUd . I know. Tranquil and fair be all words Which from that presence win. False. The Fourth is Right Behavior. and known leave homely only strong ones The nest each makes his own. Only those feet May tread them which have done with earthly Right Purity. though firm-set. Dear is the love.228 THE LIGHT OF ASIA. Right Rapture. Assoil a Let each act fault or help a merit grow : Like threads of silver seen good through crystal beads Let love through deeds show. For sunward fUght. Right Thought. The Third is Right Discourse. . Spread no wings things . the and courteous King within . levels : thou soul air and with unplumed vans ! Sweet is the lower The safe. Pleasant the friends and pastimes of your years Fruitful of good Life's gentle charities . its fears.
and of all the priests books. Hia Ufe at end. the He knows the Noble Truths. Nirvana's blest Who standeth at the Second Stage. made free From Lord doubts.BOOK THE EIGHTH. . Eightfold Road . Entering the Path. And larger to burst the bonds of sense. lusts. By few or many steps such shaU attain abode. Ufe's prison . Yet onward lies the Third Stage stately spirit : purged and pure Hath To love grown the all here. ShaU live but Ufe. hath risen living things in perfect peace. quit of one more and the inward strife. golden stair-ways of your weakness sojourn with verities. rise By daily those phantasies To loveUer So shall ye pass to clearer heights and of find Easier ascents and wiU lighter loads sins. delusions. 229 on live Make ye who must such Uves as live these . Who wins To such commencement hath the First Stage touched .
aU deaths are dead . there are to the who surely pass Living By And and visible of utmost goal Fourth Stage Holy ones the Buddhs they of stainless soul. Him the Three Worlds in ruin should not shake AU life is lived for him. Error. Him the Gods envy from their lower seats . . the is come Nirvana's verge unto. False Faith. and Doubt three. Is broken. are The Love of Self. Hatred and Lust. Who of these Five is conqueror hath trod there abide Three stages out of of Four : yet The Love Life on earth. Desire for and Heaven. Karma will no more make . Pride. Ten sins along these Stages Ue in dust.230 THE LIGHT OF ASIA. Lo ! like fierce foes slain by some warrior. Two more. Self-Praise. nought o'er him but the boundless man blue. these sins being slain. Nay. As one who stands on yonder snowy horn Having So.
If any teach NIRVANA is to live. unto such they Ue. Enter the Path ! There is no grief like Hate ! sense No pains Uke passions. New houses. Say Nor Nor unto such they err . he gains aU " Foregoing Say self. Seeking nothing. not knowing this.BOOK THE EIGHTH. 23 1 . lamps. timeless bUss. no deceit like gone whose ! Enter the Path ! far hath he foot Treads down one fond offence. Enter the Path ! There spring the healing th' streams immortal Quenching aU thirst ! there bloom Carpeting aU the way with joy ! there throng flowers Swiftest and sweetest hours ! . If any teach NIRVANA is to cease. what Ught shines beyond their broken Ufeless. the Universe grows I " .
or force fraud. wliat is his Bear not false witness. nor lie . By greed. Shun drugs and drinks which work the wit abuse . Truth is the inward purity. More is the treasure Sweeter than Delightful of the Law than gems . neither commit Sins of the flesh unlawful and unfit. Clear minds. Thereby live Hear the Five Rules aright : KiU not for Pity's sake and lest ye slay The meanest thing upon its upward way. clean bodies. sweetness comb its . its delights to past compare. 0:^0 . speech of slander not. Touch not thy neighbor's wife. Give freely and receive. but take from or none own.232 THE LIGHT OF ASIA. need no Soma juice.
BOOK THE EIGHTH. by howsomuch the householder of self and Purgeth himself helps the world. newly bathed. fellows. when our By Rajagriha in the bamboo-grove on a For dawn he walked there and beheld The householder Smgala. This he spake. Because what faUs for ill is frait and what of ill weU of good Wrought in the past. And that falls . children. mother. aU things which live even as themselves . pitiful. he to next By In As so much happier comes stage. patient. friends not Teaching how such as may swiftly break whose The cUnging chains of sense feet are weak To tread the higher road should order so This life of flesh that aU their hither days Pass blameless in discharge of charities And first true footfalls in the Eightfold Path . . so much bettered being. Living Loving pure. Lord : walked also long before. 233 These To words the Master spake of duties due . reverent. father.
Bowing To with bare head to the earth. It is the way. and so The six main quarters wiU be safely kept. off evil before the toil from the sky and all begins." . To hold And above blow. Great Sir ! our fathers taught At every dawn. days end . Brother ? " said the Lord . four quarters Heaven.2 34 himself THE LIGHT OF ASIA. to Saints : and the blessed Dead above shut So shall all evil be off. loving thoughts and acts to all. To parents as the East where rises light . " " Bowest thou. red and white. To humblest And Angels li^ving things beneath. To teachers To as the South whence rich gifts come wife and children as the West and aU where gleam Colors of love and and calm. while he threw Wherefore thus Rice. and aU . To friends kinsmen and aU men as North ." earth beneath. the winds which Then the World-honored But offer spake : " Scatter not rice. and he. . from both hands.
the Three own Chief Refuges. how Must know the Three Doors and the Triple Thoughts . . the . scorn From life's low vale. the Fivefold Powers . strainer. them of the yeUow robe They who. soar with. . free eat and from the love and wealth What drink and carry three plain cloths. almsbowl. Yellow. dweU . The Five Great Iddhi . and wing towards the Sun To these he The taught the and Ten Observances a mendicant Dasa-Sil. The Eight High Gates of Purity . of stitched stuff.BOOK THE EIGHTH. Modes Of Understanding . Thus he laid The great foundations Order of of our Sangha well. wom with shoulder bare A girdle. 235 But to his own. That noble the YeUow Robe to Which to this day standeth help the World. The Sixfold States of Mind . as wakened eagles. which are food Sweeter than Amrit for the The yhdna's and holy soul . Upekshd Meditations. Also he taught his How how they snares of should live.
thereafter showed he those .236 THE LIGHT OF ASIA. little have the Teacher rains and I told the Ways of Touching Forty-five Peace. " Take me. teaching the Law for they Also the who : on no eyes feU sleep heard Rejoiced with tireless joy. King." Thus passed Into the Path. all happy now. and said." sweet " Yasodhara. o>S< Here endeth what I write Who love the Master for his love A little of us. throne When this And -with was finished. kno^wing. Cried Give to Rahula of thou Blessed One ! The Treasure the Kingdom of thy Word these Three For his inheritance. rose upon his bared feet bowed low before his Son and Kissing Lowest And his hem . So And aU that night he spake. O Son ! least of all thy Company.
Law ! Ah I Lover ! Brother I Guide I Lamp I refuge- of the take my est thy name and thee I . Emperors And where he passed and what proud Carved his And how sweet words upon the rocks and caves : in fulness of the times it feU The Buddha Even died. wtt wrong. o. Measuring wtth little thy lofty Lo^ve. as a man 'mongst men. 23/ In many lands Our Asia and many tongues stiU and gave Ught. fulfiUing all : And how a thousand thousand crores since then which Have trod the Path Unto Nirvana leads whither he went where the Silence fives.BOOK THE EIGHTH.<o Ah I Blessed Lord ! Oh. High Deliverer ! which doth thee Forgive this feeble script. the great Tathagato. strong grace : Conquering All which world with spirit of is written in the holy Books. the that is beautiful.
THE SuNRISE COMES I The Dewdrop slips into the shining Sea ! . Great Sun I THE WAVE. I I TAKE MY refuge IN THY LaW OF GOOD ! TAKE MY REFUGE IN THY OrDER I OM ! I rise. The Dew And Om is on the lotus LIFT MY LEAF AND MIX ME WITH MANI PADME HUM.238 THE LIGHT OF ASIA.
I know. not the room. not the garb. can see can your falling tears. . " and white and cold as snow ye say. . a garment no more fitting. a cage a Like from which. at last. BY EDWIN ARNOLD. not I.after eatfi in ^raifa. Love the inmate. at AbdaUah 's dead ! and Weeping I I " the feet head." mine. . He who died at Azan sends : This to comfort aU his friends It Faithful friends I Pale And " lies. not the bars Which kept him from those splendid stars. it is Sweet friends ! For its last bed Is but Is Is a What the of women lave the grave. and let it lie . Of the falcon. tears. this. the plume The wearer. hawk my soul hath passed. hear your sighs and prayers Yet I smile and whisper not your I am the Cease It was thing you kiss . hut which I am quitting.
the soul. fid AUah sealed. unspoken bUss. too.240 AFTER DEATH IN ARABl. shaU fareweU . it Ues jar. . the while it hid That treasure of his treasury. A mind that loved him . whose there . sheU broken.t. dweU. you By such light as shines . one gone not worth a wistful an of empty sea-shell. let it fie I shard Let the be earth's once more. Loving friends 1 Be wise and dry Straightway every weeping eye. What Is 'T is Out The The 'T is ye lift upon the bier tear. pearl. man whom ye call WhUe the dead. Now thy Now the Yet In ye world is understood long. instead. ye. an earthen is here. long wonder ends weep. Lives a life that never dies. which the pearl is is . . lost. for 't is trae. In enlarging paradise. my erring friends.' the all. But in the light ye cannot see Of unfulfilled feUcity. FareweU. you Lives and loves . friends I Yet not Where I am. Since the Allah gold shines in his store ! glorious I Allah good ! .
is that our souls death. A moment's time. first breath when we enter draw Life. rain stiU must foUow for . heart. Weep awhile. ye are fain. Be Be which is of all Ufe centre. if Sunshine love taught. by wise That here is all. 24I 1 am gone before your lace. to and come Bravely onward your home ! ! La Allah ilia Allah I Thou love divine ! yea Thou love alway 1 He that died This to those at Azan gave who made his grave. know. there is naught. !6 . above Viewed from Allah's throne ye stout of . space. ye certain aU seems love. stepped wiU wonder why and ye wept wiU know. Only not at Now I Which death. a little When Ye Ye ye come where I have .AFTER DEATH IN ARABIA.
they laid it fair . As a lady should fie. Ues she." Come away ! was they . And said. And and scents of eglantere." And taey held their breath tiU they left the room. " come away .BY EDWIN ARNOLD. to glance at its stUlness and glof>m . " She is dead ! and " they said to him . understands. And drew Which - her white feet her white silk shoes were the whitest no eye could choose And " over her bosom " they said crossed her hands. " God And there sUence. tender touch thin they closed up weU sweet Ups that had and secrets to tell . thy love is clay ! of They smoothed her tresses of stone On her forehead Over her eyes dark bro'wn hair . and nothing there But silence. they and " rose" and . " Kiss her leave her. With ?i shudder. much that gazed too They With The drew the Uds a with a gentle touch . rosemar)' jasmine. About her brows beautifiJ face her marriage They tied her on veU and lace.
Though he He and she kissed. dear ? Was it the infinite wonder of aU That " you ever could let life's flower faU ? to feel steal Or was it a greater marvel The " perfect calm o'er the agony ? Was the miracle greater to find how deep Beyond " all dreams sank downward that sleep ? Did fife roU as back its records dear." HE AND 243 weU But he who loved her too to dread The sweet. the stately. no voice. she loved erewhUe. . they say it does. the yet she would not Though he He and she caUed her the name smile. And tumed it alone again He and she . I wiU Usten of soul. witho'it Then he Is there " said : " Cold Ups no and breasts of breath. .SHE. lamp and took the key he and she. What " the secret dying. stiU she did not move To any one passionate whisper of love. But to heart " and to soul distinct. past And show. the beautiftil He lit his dead. in the old place. language death ? Dumb to the ear and stiU to the sense. with intense ? not ear See now was . but she would not speak. quiet cheek. things clear ? .
sweet. dead. . The very strangest and suddenest thing Of aU the surprises that dying must bring. your darling. not As high " as to heaven. To " make you so placid from head to feet ! if I were I would teU you. bride. There must pleasure in dying. You should not ask of aU vainly. and is this. of I would say. though the Angel Death had laid His " sword on my lips to keep it unsaid. And was it the innermost heart so. with streaming eyes." fooUsh world Ah. Which " deaths was the chiefest surprise. I have died ' . do tell. never And know that. dear . though dead. in the dear old way " : The utmost wonder And " see you." 244 " HE AND SHE. and kiss you. who was your And am your angel. I hold the breath " my soul to hear ! I listen as deep be as to horrible and you heU. And 'twere " hot tears upon my brow shed. O most kind dead ! believe it was said Though he Wlio wiU told me. I hear love you. soft voice. With the sweet. what a wisdom of the bliss To find " out love is ? O perfect dead I O dead of most dear. who wiU ? believe that he heard her say.
in living form.NOTICES "THE LIGHT OF ASIA. that he feels with if lifted into this grand and lovely teacher of the Way to Peace." Buddha lives as and moves and speaks again in these pages'. saintly and gentle poem been beautifully trayed than in this . of has the familiar of effort with the poet proved. he Hved and moved and taught amid the sacred groves of India. Mass. speculative and ethical and to this outline of his systems in vivid pictorial representation. Channing. through youth birth in extreme age. that the finest genius of the Orient.'] the effort The Light of Asia " is a poem which is made to bring before our modern of call sublime embodiment whom age. semi-legendary biographies Siddartha Gautama. sketch we Buddha. his whole is so glowingly brought before personal communion " the reader. to his towards new . in its prime. . Wm." Rev. in the Western world. And marvellously Those who successful are most Prince admit the semi-historical. will be the most prompt never and to that has the sage and imago of more the serene and por heroic. a London. [Extract from " a Letter to Friend in in Concord. H. manhood.rowth perfection as from infancy.
the manners. nor amid the cloistered aisles universities. dewy air of a spring morning. bustling fatigable morning. before and around us. One is the that the more surprised. of of the purest ideal types of a heavenly human life known in concentrated history. is certainly a surprising instance power. sweet. &c. editor-in-chief of probably in Christendom . and actual society is made to pass. lifted veil. or my ac quaintance with literary attained efforts. two thousand years or more ago. And the con fagged and trast rejuvenates our weary powers delightfully. harass ing cares. week approached or by in London. That. the responsibilities. the dusty. Within my experience. Hindostan. social. the communities. readers For the the poet is one of the most inde editors week of in. calm behind and dignity. for to my knowledge this . to learn created this writer has lovely work of art. for Edwin Arnold is the Daily Telegraph. But vital one of the chief charms of with which the poem is the singularly reaUty and people the of the very scenery and climate. in reading this poem. past The long-buried is reanimated at the poet's touch. but right in the throng and uproar of this a metropolis. which has an aver a million of age circulation of a quarter of copies. and interruptions^ anxieties. and every out. scientific. political. an epic in books. And certainly no editor writes on a wider range of topics. in his few hours for quiet thought. summer noon wo could bathe our fevered brows in fresh. dwellings. addresses the largest circle of " leaders " in Great any writer of daily press Britain. meditative quiet of the East. on one of the loftiest themes for spiritual con and one templation. with prob ably four amidst readers a copy. a poet evoke.2 THE light of ASIA. as if in palingenesia. into the tranquil stillness. not inlhe stilness of of country solitude. no greater certain success of this kind has been . as if from sultry. And from the midst of the rush and turmoil a of our restless modern age vre enter. could eight ever-varying distractions of such a life.
and the road preferment when was compelled child to leave his illness much-loved India by the death of a and the his young wife. 3 begun last September. and so a rest and refreshment lover of India. knowledge of Here he resided for seven the Sanscrit and other years.NOTICES. John Lawrence (the saviour of the Punjaub. Lord afterward was on Lawrence). after the death of Hunt. So the poem wrote itself out of Trained at Oxford. where during our civil war he defended and the cause of freedom the coniidently rose predicted the triumph Republic." and printed History of Lord Dalhousie's of another volume of poems. agination. &c. acquiring Indian languages. a where he appointed as Principal the Deccan College at Poona. and gained the Newdigate Prize for Poetry. text and as interlinear In India he became the friend of vocabulary. he wrote and pubUshed. he advanced to the responsible post of editor-in-chief. has been to the poet a labor of love.'' translating the the very " Hitopordesa. for Edwin Arnold is an impas and has for years been a loving admirer of Buddha. Arnold was publishing a in early life to Hin of after dostan. Mr. an important and instructive " Administration. until. in the of Becoming then engaged as a sub-editor Telegraph. Lord Dalhousie. and has been perfected and published in one of the most disturbed and trying periods that this nation has passed through for this 6ook was only conceived and generation at least. to and other leading he statesmen . went small volume of poems. and Counsels. in two volumes. and has become greatly But amidst distinguished as a writer of powerful " leaders. and a translation of one of the books of Herodotus. After his return. This effort. where his memory and im he won honors as a classic. . . he gradually Thornton to higher was influence. he has still found leisure for literary work." his incessant toil. sioned indeed." interesting "Book of Good which has long been a valued text-book it is accompanied with an for Sanscrit scholars.
having panied translated a volume and of the poets of Greece. he has found a fit sphere for his poetic genius in this representation of Buddha. Arnold's end to indorse . in several portant even essential points my estimate very im of Gau tama differs very widely from the poet's. matched and virile descriptive power. scanly of critical which and uncertain as they prove to be under the a of hand poem. then criticised. and person. Mr. But Goethe's " prime rule of has a long been my guide. sitely beautiful of version of the Indian Song of Songs." yourself up to a Mr. In speaking thus warmly. light of ASIA. it is nowise my wish view of enthusiastically even. give a work art. and In that spirit let this beautiful book be read. Dr. Arnold has Now a sympathetic conceived appreciation composed his poem as Hindoo Buddhist. of Before passing judg or a book. first of them. of of earnest study Oriental literature and of a personal residence of several years in India are embod ied in this stately poetical romance. And now." one the most characleristic productions of Hindoo fiterature. at length. From the dim and shad owy legends of the princely founder of the great religion of the East. research. in which he has embodied his own highest ideals and or and aspirations. and an accom exqui by biographical critical " notices. of this Mr. and \h^ principles and tendency o/"his philosophical and moral criticism ment on System.4 thf. most remarkable will not be easily im- erature among the of the day. a scheme of doctrine. poem. splendor diction. The fruits Ripley. in the New an York Tribune. Buddha and and his system for. productions in the fit His starting-point is the historical . Arnold has constructed for affluence of imagination. both as to the character of the Man.
Japan. because garded the spirit of Asiatic thought point of must be re from an Oriental view." China.NOTICES. from Swed His spiritual dominions over the time reach Nepaul and Ceylon " the whole Eastern Peninsula to therefore." has put his poem into the mouth of an Indian Buddhist. information. and most beneficent. and which surpassed the highest of : his teachers. spared the resources culture of Oriental monarchy for the training the youthful Prince. cumstances as attending the birth of the founder of a religion by the to describe his wise and After relating the cir Prince Siddartha (known name of Buddha). in speech all ." in the history of Not a single exception. in order to gain a cor rect appreciation of its significance. ish Lapland. who united the truest with the intellect of a sage and the passion martyr. He early displayed a of an and and pre cocity skill of intellect character. Mr. Arnold remarks. 5 has existed portance of the Buddhist faith. though of imperfectly in the existing sources with one act or gentlest. " which mars the perfect word is recorded purity and of the highest. Siberia. this illustrious Prince. and now surpasses in the number of followers religious minions and the extent of its prevalence any other and of form belief. presaged a future of marvellous import Which reverence Lord Buddha kept Albeit heyond their to his schoolmasters. cannot but holiest. none the poet proceeds provided education under who the discipHne of by his liberal father. tenderness this princely qualities ate devotion of a The author Indian teacher. Thibet. revealed appear owe their moral and religious whose ideas to personality. learning taught . More than " and even a third of mankind. of our Not less than four hundred race live and at die in the tenets present seventy Gautama. Central Asia. which during its of twenty-four centuries. Thought.
" if the bird were dead To send it to the swan slayer might But the The lives . tender As he his soothed frightened. 'Vet in mid-play the boy would ofttimes pause. my cousin be well. you send 'Will quoth Siddartha. his And ever with the years 'Waxed this To compassionateness of our Lord. but hardly not Knew the young child of sorrow. the to be felt. Save as strange names for things Nor ever pain. leaves yet as a great tree grows from two soft sjijread its shade afar . modest. would ofttimes yield His half-won Fetched Swept Even Saddened to o'er race because the laboring steeds painful breath . deferent." some one came who which said. he of of Siddirtha. shot poet then relates an of instance of " illustrating early of the development the "quality one as mercy in the bosom It happened vernal day that a wild swan was near by an the idle the courtier the flock flew bird the palace. In mimic contests scoured the Palace-courts .^or tears.O THE LIGHT OF ASIA. Yet yet so wise . and wounded bird fell into the hands from its side." god-like speed which throbbed in this white " And Devadatta answered. roses here. princely of mien. hath but killed wing. or if his princely mates lose. And tender-hearted. No bolder horseman in the youthful band softly-mannered in gay chase of the shy No keener driver of the chariot E'er rode gazelles . fluttering the with touch. The Prince. and drew the own wrist arrow pressed the barb into to make trial pain : " Then A swan. The wild thing. Letting the deer pass free . felt by kings. . Right gentle. or if some wistful dream thoughts. though of fearless blood . He bids " Nay. . My Prince hath ? " shot me fell among the pray you send it.
cherisher sustains. but fall'n 'tis mine. but when the for honor. In full divan the business had debate. teach compassion unto men That I And be shall a speechless world's interpreter. Say no ! the bird is mine. his who my prize. human suffering upon a visit with his father to different scenes in the royal domain. in the clouds. fair Laid the swan's neck beside his Give me " Cousin. hooded snake glide King some one saw a forth. I know. he was gone . the saviour of a life Owns 'Who The more the to living thing slay all than he can own sought the slayer spoils and " wastes. The gods come ofttimes thus ! So our Lord Buddh Began his works of mercy.NOTICES. Come. and a fresh impulse is given His experience of to his already On deep ! sympathy the with the woes of his kind : " another son day. man's alone. Spring. The first of myriad things which shall be mine By right of now For mercy and love's lordliness. give him the bird . yield Sweet Its and see the pleasaunce of the earth And how the fruitful riches is wooed to realm to the reaper . 7 Living 'Twas or dead. how my Which shall be thine when the pile flames for me . by what within me stirs. Which judgment Sought And out the sage found just . of Abating Not Let him And this accursed flood woe. Till there arose an unknown priest who said." Then our Lord own smooth cheek And gravely spake. King said." So it done . And many thought this thing and many that. wise was submit this matter we will wait the=y word. but if the Prince to the disputes. is greatly en larged by the suggestive spectacle. " If life be aught. is no man's fetched it down .
Pleased The bee. the fat soil rose and rolled plough smooth dark back from the . the steers yoke shoulders in the creaking the Dragging In the ploughs waves . too. All things spoke peace and plenty. rode So they Green grass. marked Goading flanks : then he. looking deep. beneath. Feeds all its mouths and keeps the King's chest filled. brown sisters chattered pied fish-tiger hung above the pool. how he urged great-eyed oxen through the flaming hours. among the water The And tinkle of the where rippling rang. painted temple peacocks cooed The blue doves from every well. it ran the glad earth and the spears of 'broidered it With Ijalsams Elsewhere And all lemon-grass. bee-eaters hawked Chasing Striped The The The nine the purple squirrels butterflies . where. . he this rose of saw The thorns How the which grow upon life : swart peasant sweated and Toiling The for leave to live . bright blooms. flew. alone at his green forge Toiled the loud coppersmith .THE LIGHT OF ASIA. egrets stalked The kites About the sailed circles among in the buffaloes. and cries of Into a land of wells and gardens. plough-time. But. raced. and the Prince Saw and rejoiced. in the thorn. Fair is the season with new leaves. And all the thickets rustled with small life Of lizard. far off The village drums beat for some marriage-feast . at the and creeping things Spring-time. beetle. In the mango-sprays sun-birds flashed . the golden air ." All up and down the Strained their strong rich red loam. the mynas perked and picked. the jungle laughed nesting-songs. were sowers who went with forth to sow . their velvet for his wage. who drove Planted both feet To make upon leaping share palms the furrow deep .
Go air what plots ! aside show. and let me muse on what ye So saying. mutual murder. 'Who himself kills his fellow . first Upon the three sumptuous surrounded with step of " the path. the boy attained thereat their stress That DhySna. show Life Of living one death. So the fair grim 'Veiled vast. the with sportive streams and odorous strayed at will. and. forth to see ? How The The No salt with sweat the peasant's bread ! how hard oxen's service ! in the brake how fierce i' th' war of weak and refuge e'en strong ! in water. The lad 6^ ." attainment of his eighteenth year by palaces were delicious by command blooming gardens. with a new thickets. The shrike chasing the bulbul. first began of meditate this deep disease life. " living Is me strife The Prince Siddartha That this. in which Siddirtha pleasure for every hour. by such passion to heal pain. 9 him. robbed How lizard And kite on fed' on ant.NOTICES. his princely spirit passed To ecstasy. What its far vast a source and whence its pity filled him." happy earth they brought he said." A space. and snake on both . statues with ankles and holy sit. savage. such wide love For living things. the good Lord Buddha seated him Under As To So a jambu-tree. seeing which The hungry ploughman and his laboring kine. conspiracy man. purged from mortal taint Of sense and self. of his father. diversified built Prince. remedy. from the worm to Their dewlaps blistered The " with the bitter yoke. which did The jewelled butterflies . and how the fish-hawk The fish-tiger of that which it had seized . crossed. till everywhere Each slew a slayer and upon chase in turn was slain. rage to live which makes all sighed.
in the sway of uni A shrewd old fox among the counsellors all recommended ness of power of love as the cure for the wayward the " boy : soft wives and make Find him Eyes that heaven forget. may choose for Love Love's eyes. maidens for all. As the lake's silver dulls with driving clouds. life was rich. And cheat his Highness into happiness. tival and accepted should the advice of another counsellor fes be appointed in which the maids of the realm should contend " for the palm of youth and grace : Let the Prince when give the prizes to the fair. one or There So shall be those who mark sadness of if Change the fixed we his tender with cheek own ." This thing seemed good . something to the gate. So flocked Kapilavastu's ." and lips of should The King feared lest the permitted dainty boy range not of find a wife at to his mind. the lovely victors pass his seat. dearer to him than his heart's blood. wherefore upon The criers bade the young and beautiful a day Pass to the palace. two And. pretty playfellows. and he his ministers as to the course to be pursued with the son. and his youthful blood moved quickly in his veins : Yet The shadows of still came meditation his back. balm. was happy. and destined to trample versal on the neck of dominion. rich richest for the fairest judged. the his enemies. and the Prince Would The give the prizes. for 't To hold a court of was in command pleasure.lO THE LIGHT OF ASIA. The heart consulted of the King was troubled at these signs. if to the garden Beauty that a will.
so divine he seemed. . march flowers. so sate so passionless. and she alone Gazed full folding her palms across her breasts On the boy's gaze. Fair show it was of all those Indian girls Slow-pacing Fixed on past the throne with large black saw the eyes the ground. " Is there a gift for me ? " she asked. Eyelashes lustred Fresh-bathed the soorma-stick. and from the look sprang love. " therewith he loosed The from his throat. " yet take This for amends. when last Came young Yas6dhara. and they that stood Nearest Siddartha saw the princely boy Start. her stately neck unbent. made beat fluttering hearts. her world. for awe of when they Prince More than the Their Majesty he them. then fled to join her mates favor. and smiled. one and saint-like and above Thus filed they. afraid to gaze . to touch She The stood like a scared antelope gracious at Trembling So high hand. emerald necklet . maid Gentle but beyond Each took With down-dropped lids her gift. of whose grace Our happy city boasts . Eyes like Words cannot paint hind's in love-time." gifts are the Prince replied. and all this beauteous Was ending and the prizes spent. and clasped Its green beads round her dark and silk-soft waist . Of as the radiant girl mould approached. slender hands and feet With crimson. dear sister. And if the people hailed some lovelier one. And their eyes mixed. A form heavenly a . Beyond her rivals worthy royal smiles. " The gone.NOTICES. all in shawls and cloths new-stained Of gayest . and the tilka-spots stamped bright. face so fair its spell . 1 1 Each with her dark hair newly with and scented smoothed and bound. a gait like Parvati's . The city's bright maid after another.
Three times Sprang to his mighty back. for no rider yet each him. that he should make good any one asked a maid of a noble his claim by martial and athletic arts against all challengers. nobly bred. bidding loose the chains. and held The proud jaws fast with grasp of master-hand. men see an unbroken horse. but white Kantaka Left even the fleetest far behind so swift. and if her the sword. Furiously reared. and. day length came. it was afraid would that such a be the best thing for all .12 THE LIGHT OF ASIA. or wield horse better than they. or back a lover could bend the bow. : the turn came cleaving trees with for the trial of horseman and ship Then brought they steeds. his child was sought by The father accordingly repfied princes far and near. Had crossed with nostrils wide and tossing mane. "We too might win with such as Kantaka. Unshod. and flung In dust His and shame seat young Sikya but the hot steed them to the plain . The King determined her father in the to send messengers to demand the . but he cloistered youth would have no chance But the Prince only laughed at at in so grave a contest. High-mettled. Siddartha the prize at the shooting when with the bow. So that in storms of wrath and rage and fear . unsaddled. led by three chains. and shook the bit. him. Fierce-eyed. Lashed the black flank. house. only Ardjuna held awhile. but Nanda said. . but it was maiden of marriage when for his son the law of country that. their won and declared that he The was ready to at meet all and comers chosen games. this. sword. That ere the foam fell from his mouth to earth Twenty Bring A spear-lengths he flew . and three times scoured Around the maidin." and let Who best stallion can back as So the syces brought dark night.
NOTICES. And would have slain him. the Prince's pleasure-place. speaking some low word. Prince's arms." With quiet grasp. love's prison-house Stately and beautiful he bade them build. and "Love was aU in : Yet Alone trusted the not to love King . Midway in those wide palace-grounds there rose A verdant hill whose base Rohini bathed. the garments the bride bridegroom tied. his blood " but the Prince said. the gifts bestowed and old holy men. Sink his fierce Nor crest and stand subdued and our As though he knew stirred Lord and worshipped he while Siddartha mounted. " Let go the chains. best. the earth no marvel was So that in all Like Vishramvan. but the grooms ran in Fettering "Let not the maddened beast. so that the people said. And all along the neck and panting flanks. for Siddartha is the The was maid was thus given to the on Prince. Gripped by the foot Ardjuna. aU" The sweet Yas&dhara brought home. the of temple -offerings made. tore him down. with songs and trumpets. 13 the plain The savage stallion circled once Half-tamed . him. then Went soberly to touch of knee and rein Before all eyes. which he held Give me bis forelock only. Red flame . the marriage-feast alms and and kept. ." " Strive no more. but sudden turned with naked teeth. be good The gray father spoke to the Prince to to her whose was life was now to be only in him. Laid his eyes. And drew it gently down the angry face. to the. Then this all men cried. right palm across the stallion's Till men astonished saw the night-black horse meek. Murmuring adown from Himalay's broad feet. Whose liver is tempest. Siddartha a meddle with and Bhut. and.
and the doors Sandal-wood. porch God Ganesha. against the blue untrod. Its beams Radha Sita And were carved with stories of old time and Krishna and the sylvan girls and on Hanuman middle the Draupadi . White with pink veins . with flank and pillared cloisters round. and splintered Led climbing thought higher It seemed precipice and higher. and With disc and hook to bring wisdom and wealth - Propitious sate. and scream Of circling eagles . crest and Infinite. the lintel lazuli. green slope and icy horn. The threshold alabaster. the save if the city's hum Came Hum wind no harsher than when out of sight in thickets. set with pale sky-colored ganthi flowers. Fronting pavilion this the bright up. until Riven ravine. and shelf. vast. bees soared out on the world. to stand in heaven snows and speak with gods. towers Fair-planted On either the terraced hill. tamarind-trees and sil. of marble wrought. To bear its tribute into Gunga's Southward Thick Shut a growth of waves. Clatter of wild sheep on the stones. Northwards The stainless ramps of white ranks Ranged in huge Himala's wall. By winding ways of garden and of court The inner gate was reached. wonderful whose uplands And lifted Shoulder universe of crag. . Beneath the With dark forests spread. cut in pictured panelling . sharp laced the great leaping cataracts and veiled with clouds : Lower Where grew rose-oaks and fir groves echoed pheasant's call and panther's cry.14 THE LIGHT OF ASIA. under these the plain Gleamed like a praying-carpet at the foot Of those divinest The builders set on altars. wreathing his sidelong trunk.
fish Gleamed through their crystal. And brown-eyed monkeys chattered to the crows. on Through latticed galleries. painted roofs Passed the delighted foot. green and on gilded cornices Over the shining pavements peacocks drew The splendors of their trains. like a smooth stream Banked Queen by perpetual flow'rs. so that in each part lovely sights were gentle faces found. scarlet. lattice basked The timid lizards on the Fearless. Fluttered among the Built their safe nests doves. proud to obey . of rainbow wing gray. the lonely years of preparation in which holy anointing as a chosen prophet . And all this house of love was peopled fair With With sweet attendance. his sleepy Under the moon-flowers. Yasodhara of the enchanting Court. whirred from bloom to bloom. where the musk-deer played. birds palms . With lotus and nelumbo where cool fountains and fringed danced. of The interior the palace is described the as the scene of Oriental luxury and delight. Till life glided beguiled. sedately watched By milk-wh'ite herons and the small house-owls. Soft speech and willing service. Great-eyed gazelles in sunny alcoves browsed The blown red roses . and blue.of he hu manity : . each one glad To gladden. .NOTICES. gold. The plum-necked parrots yellow sunbirds The swung from fruit to fruit . I^ Whereby to lofty halls and shadowy bowers stately stairs. coils all was peace : the shy black snake. on which author la'vishes the all the resources of his art to present the of strange contrast youth and between sub the effeminate indulgences sequent receives Siddartha's austere. that gives sunned Fortune to households. 'neath And clustering columns. For the squirrels ran to feed from hand. pleased at pleasure.
Lifted Here. new chilled with snows of sweetmeats made of subtle sweet Himalay. and night and day Delicious foods Sherbets And With were spread. daintiness. and all along the frieze With tender inlaid as work of agate-stones. more joy-giving Than morning's. bordered round the tank And Cool It on the steps. whether it was night or day none knew. to take always streamed that softened light. and silence at that gate bower's the the gate For there beyond the chamber Beautiful.I^ THE LIGHT OF ASIA. had spent secret chamber lurked. halls. and silken And heavy splendor of the purdah's beds. cymballers. And night and day lutes sighed. For only the loveliest in. but as cool as midnight's breath . cup-bearers. was. and laid with slabs Of milk-white marble . pale. Delicate. As if the very In love Day paused and grew Eve . fringe. Of sweet . And always breathed sweet airs. the dropped Their gold. chosen tree-milk in its own ivory And Of night and day served there a and band nautch girls. a wonder of world ! windows Soft light from On perfumed lamps through fell nakre and stained stars of golden cloths lucent film outspread. cup. where skill lovely fantasies to lull the mind. silvery. Softened to shadows. The entrance of it was a cloistered square Roofed by the sky. and dewy fruits. But Beyond the A All richness of those hundred innermost. and. and in the midst a tank Of milky marble built. passing into porch and niche. . more bnght Than sunrise. but as tender as the eve's . summer-time on snows sunbeams to tread in was to loiter there . and dim. dark-browed ministers of love.
^7 And Of Who fanned the sleeping eyes of the happy Prince. And in the silence of yon My fated message sky I read flashing. Siddirtha " announces " resolution : I will depart. when he waked. earth summon me To that which saves the but sunders us . hour is come ! Thy tender lips.NOTICES. its loneliest My dwelling. I choose To tread its paths with patient. linked . Unto this all nights and Came I." he spake . for I will not have that Which may be mine : I lay aside those realms Which wait the gleaming of my naked sword : My chariot shall not roll with bloody wheels From victory to victory. Making its dust my bed. till earth Wears the red record of my name. the sacrifice of self for the deliverance of the race. . soul again Siddartha lived forgetting. Standing by the his the his sleeping wife. while essences charm By Of chime of ankle-bells and wave of arms silver vina-strings And musk and champak and the blue haze and thus spread From To drowse burning spices soothed his by sweet Yas8dhara . dear sleeper. The fated couch of of consummation now struck. and unto this days crown Have led me . the charitable of their will. stainless feet. cave sheltered by the no more Than the dim lends or pomp jungle-bush. led back his thoughts to bliss music amorous songs and With whispering through the blooms. and its meanest things Clad in Fed Give with no meats save what wastes my mates : no prouder garb than outcasts wear. and dreamy dances. But no enchantment which of earth's delights of could stay the soaring hour spirit sought the crown renunciation.
like wasted Those litanies smoke ? If one. not. spent himself to search for truth. one. If such a Gave all. Wringing the secret of deliverance or Whether it lurk in hells Or hover. to chant the charms. hide in forth. and free to choose one aot worn and Earth's loveliest Who ache at his will : one even as I. the freshness tir-ed life's King of kings long day but glad a . if healing may be found renouncing the and great By uttermost For which of all strong strife.THE LIGHT OF ASIA. of If one. laying it down for love of men. mine. This will I do because the flesh woful cry up Into my ears. unrevealed. Surya.eat and fortunate. from birth designed To I' rule if he not would rule with its morning. dowered with health and ease. the worthiest of who saye not from the griefs that teach flattery and fear Ascending day by day. And thenceforth having so much to give. one not cloyed With love's delicious feasts. and lesser Gods seen them who^ Have power or pity? Who hath What have they wrought to help their worshippers ? How hath it steaded man to pray. heavens. being g. and call Shiva. then. and pay Tithes of the corn and oil. to rear fane. None To slay the shrieking sacrifite. and all my soul is full Of pity for the sickness of this world . Rich. But joyous in the glory and the grace That mix with evils here. sadly sage. The stately On 'Vishnu. lack not. grieve not. save with griefs Which are not except as I am man . but hungry still . Which I will Of life and all living cometh heal. to feed the priests. If wrinkled. nigh unto all : .
somewhere. because my heart Beats with each throb of all the hearts that ache. I will depart. thine arms. a of Mr. sacifice stars a thousand offer now. I And that shall save. My throne. seek avail. and the exquisite beauty of its descriptive passages." come again till what I Be found if fervent search and strife We need cull no further specimens from this rich Oriental the con flower-garden to show that Mr. Arnold's imaginative gifts are com with singularly the music perception historical sense. share Whom if I Wife ! child bless my mind will fail. Because I love my realm. veil would far off. million more Saved by this I Oh. these that are mine and those be mine. and Never to flesh learn the Law. and a rare rhythmical harmonies and the . acute of splendor of coloring. mournful earth ! For thee and thine I lay my youth. my and My happy palace Harder to put aside golden days. road would open should for his painful feet. the world. sweet all the rest Queen ! than Yet thee. sometime. the hidden blossom wait of our loves. Arnold has presented of world with a poem equally striking for the novelty its ception. ! father ! and people ! ye must to this A little while the anguish of and all now hour That light may break Now am I fixed. who a realm lose. its vigor of execution. saving this earth .NOTICES. which stirs within thy tender womb. summoning ! I come aside ! Oh. Known Which and shall unknown. lift for his deep-searching eyes. my joys. 19 Surely The The at last. I do. The originality of its plan is fully sustained by its power of invention. My child. and force bined of illustration. too. That This be won for which he lost to And Death will might find him have conqueror of death. my ! nights.
grasp the soul. of the self evolution from our an exclusive which devotion to so to a tender phi charity for kind. shadowing forth in some of legendary loftiest of fife Siddartha of the deepest soul. As an exposition of the rehgious system of Buddha than the no numer we reckon this poem as no more successful ous similar attempts in prose. We have But as a sufficient data work for the of solution of the problem. and a loftiest human^virtue. and by the hand as a genuine prophet of the . mysteries and great experiences so the human The doctrine earnesdy insisted on is in fact the key-note of the poem. character by Goethe and and Carlyle. Nor is his or poem to be regarded a merely in the light ethical of imagination history. renunciation. is lucidly set forth in the losophy of Herbert Spencer. curious significance of a felicitous phrase. is illustrated with all the charms of a fascinating narrative and the enchantments of melodious verse. the It forms grave of treatise.20 THE LIGHT OF ASIA. sublime we magnificent imagination. author appeal in the interests of the tender it the sincerest welcome.
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