By Kenneth Roy Norman; Jan Gonda (Edtitor)
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By WALDSCHMIDT, CASF, pp. 149—62. 80 See MW, s. vv. samaya and samdja. 61 See E. HULTZSCH, Inscriptions of Asoka, Oxford 1925, p. 51. 82 The alternative suggestion, that Pali samaya is to be derived from Sanskrit samdja seems less likely, since it could only have been transmitted through a written North-Western Prakrit form. 53 They are discussed by WALDSCHMIDT, CASF, p. 149. 40 K. R. Norman • Pali Literature expected to arise in the course of an oral tradition, when a them preaching a sermon might well change a number of unimportant matters each time he recited a sutta.
The Buddha rejects the brahmanical idea of the three Vedas in favour of his own three vijjds. The brahmans with whom the Buddha was conversing had their own idea about union with Brahma, and here, as commonly, the Buddha was using the brahmanical term Brahma in a specifically Buddhist sense. 2. 28 It is, however, possible to deduce that in some cases addition or interpolation has occurred. Most of the suttas in this vagga are legends rather than discourses, and they have features which show them to be later than the suttas of the first vagga, where the Buddha is only a man, alive or recently dead.
He accepts that miracles are possible, but says that it is not his practice to ask his followers to perform them. He states that of the three wonders which he himself has realised,27 the wonder of education is the greatest, and he gives this in the words of the Samanfiaphalasutta. To this is added a second, probably later, portion of the sutta which deals with the problem of the disappearance of the four elements. The answer is that they disappear in the state of arahant-ship, when all intelligence comes to an end.
A History of Indian Literature, Volume VII: Buddhist and Jaina Literature, Fasc. 2: Pāli Literature including the Canonical Literature in Prakrit and Sanskrit of all the Hīnayāna Schools of Buddhism by Kenneth Roy Norman; Jan Gonda (Edtitor)