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yamaka-pāṠihāriya


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(Pāli, twin miracle).

A miracle said to have been performed by the Buddha at Śrāvastī in the course of which he caused fire and water to issue from opposite sides of his body. First of all flames came from the upper part and water from the lower, then they were reversed, and then they were emitted from opposite sides of his body. The spectacle was accompanied by other supernatural phenomena, such as rays of light of six different colours that streamed from each pore of his skin. When the miracle was concluded it is reported that the Buddha ascended in three strides to the heaven of the 33 gods and instructed his mother (who had been reborn there) in the teachings of the Abhidharma. See also pāṭihāriya; miracles; ṛddhi.

Subjects: Buddhism.


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