Visuddhimagga XII-48

Idānissa anekavihitabhāvaṃ dassento ‘‘ekopi hutvā’’tiādimāha.


Ñ(XII,48): Now, in order to show that variousness, it is said: 'Having been one, [he becomes many; having been many, he becomes one. He appears and vanishes. He goes unhindered through walls, through enclosures, through mountains, as though in open space. He dives in and out of the earth as though in water. He goes on unbroken water as though on earth. Seated cross-legged he travels in space like a winged bird. With his hand he touches and strokes the moon and sun so mighty and powerful. He wields bodily mastery even as far as the Brahmā-world]' (D.i,77).

Tattha ekopi hutvāti iddhikaraṇato pubbe pakatiyā ekopi hutvā.


Ñ: Herein, having been one: having been normally one before giving effect to the supernormal power.

Bahudhā hotīti bahūnaṃ santike caṅkamitukāmo vā sajjhāyaṃ vā kattukāmo pañhaṃ vā pucchitukāmo hutvā satampi sahassampi hoti.


Ñ: He becomes many: wanting to walk with many or wanting to do a recital or wanting to ask questions with many, he becomes a hundred or a thousand.

Kathaṃ panāyamevaṃ hoti?


Ñ: But how does he do this?

Iddhiyā catasso bhūmiyo cattāro pādā aṭṭha padāni soḷasa ca mūlāni sampādetvā ñāṇena adhiṭṭhahanto.


Ñ: He accomplishes, (1) the four planes, (2) the four bases (roads), (3) the eight steps, and (4) the sixteen roots of supernormal power, and then he (5) resolves with knowledge.

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