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Thus have I heard:
On one occasion the Blessed One was living on Isigili mountain near Rajagaha. Then he addressed the monks saying, "O monks." "Bhante (Venerable Sir)," replied those monks in assent to the Blessed One. Thereupon he said this:
"This has been the very name, monks, the very designation for this Isigili mountain. In the past, monks, five hundred paccekabuddhas1 lived for a long time on this Isigili mountain. As they were entering the mountain they were visible, but once they have entered, they were invisible. People seeing this remarked: 'This mountain swallows these seers (isigilati)'; hence the name Isigili came into being.
"Arittha,2 monks, was a paccekabuddha who lived for a long time on this Isigili mountain, Uparittha... Tagarasikhi... Yasassi... Sudassana... Piyadassi... Gandhara... Pindola... Upasabha... Nitha... Tatha... Sutava... Bhavitatta, monks, was a paccekabuddha who lived for a long time on this Isigili mountain.
i. "The names of those supreme beings3 who are free from sorrow and desire, who have overcome their passions,4 and have individually attained enlightenment, noble among men. I make known. Listen to me:
"These and others are paccekabuddhas of great power whose desires for
becoming (re-living) are destroyed.
1. They are Buddhas, who have attained enlightenment independent of another's aid, but lack the faculty of convincing others.
2. For stories connected with these thirteen names see Dictionary of Pali Proper Names, G. P. Malalasekera.
3. Literally those essences of beings, MA. iv. 129. Having declared the names of these thirteen paccekabuddhas, the names of those others who are the essences of beings, are now revealed in verse.
4. Literally removed the spike of passions (visalla).
5. It would appear that the reason why in the Pali stanzas attributes are mentioned in respect of some paccekabuddhas, and not all, is for metrical purposes.
6. Culla Jali and Maha Jali.
7. Four Anandas, four Nandas and four Upanandas, MA., iv. 129.
8. The five aggregates of: body; feelings or sensations; perceptions; formations and consciousness.
9. Sangha, attachment or grasping, they are: lust, hate, delusion, pride, and false views.
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