Now Parsva, the Blessed One, knew that the fruit of his own pleasure-karma had been consumed and set his mind on mendicancy. As if knowing his intentions, the Lokantika gods came at that time and announced to Parsva, “Lord, found a congregation.*” Then the Master began to give gifts for a year with money furnished by the Jrmbhakas instructed by Vaisravana. The initiation-ceremony of Parsva, the Supreme Lord, was held by the Vasavas, sakras and others, and by the kings, Asvasena and others. He got into a litter, Visala by name, carried by gods and mortals and went to the garden Asramapada. The Blessed One, son of Asvasena entered the garden whose surface was darkened by the dense masses of marjoram; which was making an invocation to Love, as it were, by the bees of the jasminesB; with swarms of bees kissing the multitude of mucukundas;244 fragrant from the pollen of the lavali floating in the air; with singing gardeners seated on the edge of sugar-cane fields.
The Lord Parsva, wearing (deva-)dusya given by Vasavas, got out of the palanquin, and laid aside ornaments, et-cetera, thirty years old. On the forenoon on the thirteenth of the dark hah0 of Pausa, the moon being in Radha, observing a three-day fast, the Master became a mendicant with three hundred kings. At that time the Lord’s knowledge called “Mind-reading” arose. For it arises at the initiation of all the Arhats.
On the next day the Lord broke his fast in a hamlet, Kopakata, with a milk-pudding in the house of the householder Dhanya. The gods made there the five things, rain of treasure, et-cetera. But Dhanya made a footstool on the ground of the Master’s feet.245 Unhindered like the wind, the Lord wandered in villages, mines, cities, et-cetera, an ordinary ascetic, his gaze fixed six feet ahead. One day in his wandering the Master came to a hermitage near a town and the sun set. The Teacher of the World stood in pratima under a banyan tree near a well, motionless as its foot.