Nāgarājā ayaṃ maṃ sinerunā abhinippīḷetvā dhūmāyati ceva pajjalati cāti cintetvā ‘‘bho tvaṃ kosī’’ti paṭipucchi.
Ñ(XII,112): The royal naga thought, 'He has squeezed me against Sineru, and he has produced both smoke and flames'. Then he asked, 'Sir, who are you?'
‘‘Ahaṃ kho, nanda, moggallāno’’ti.
Ñ: —'I am Moggallāna, Nanda'.
‘‘Bhante, attano bhikkhubhāvena tiṭṭhāhī’’ti.
Ñ: —'Venerable sir, resume your proper bhikkhu's state'.
Thero taṃ attabhāvaṃ vijahitvā tassa dakkhiṇakaṇṇasotena pavisitvā vāmakaṇṇasotena nikkhami,
Ñ: The elder abandoned that form, and he went into his right ear and came out from his left ear,
vāmakaṇṇasotena pavisitvā dakkhiṇakaṇṇasotena nikkhami,
Ñ: then he went into his left ear and came out from his right ear.
tathā dakkhiṇanāsasotena pavisitvā vāmanāsasotena nikkhami,
Ñ: Likewise he went into his right nostril and came out from his left nostril;
vāmanāsasotena pavisitvā dakkhiṇanāsasotena nikkhami.
Ñ: then he went into his left nostril and came out from his right nostril.
Tato nāgarājā mukhaṃ vivari.
Ñ: Then the royal nāga opened his mouth.
Thero mukhena pavisitvā antokucchiyaṃ pācīnena ca pacchimena ca caṅkamati.
Ñ: The elder went inside it, and he walked up and down, east and west, inside his belly.