: Anant Pai
32 Pages, 9.5" x 7.0"
Book House Pvt. Ltd.
of publication: 2001
Id : co01
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Buddha attached more importance to the
emancipation of the masses than to the salvation
of the individual. His concern for the masses
manifested itself in the establishment of the
Sangha, which could be best described as an
association of seekers.
Vasavadatta were two women disciples of Lord
Buddha who gave up a life of pleasure and took to
asceticism. At first women were not admitted to
his order by Lord Buddha, but when Ananda, his
favourite disciple, pleaded on their behalf, he
relented. The story of Amrapali is told in the
Maha-Parinibbana Sutta and in Malasarvastivadas.
The garden which Amrapali gave up to Lord Buddha
was still in existence when Fa-Hien visited India
during the Gupta age. Upagupta was a disciple of
Buddha. For him, ahimsa (non-violence) did not
merely mean desisting from violence but doing
positive good and showing compassion, when
Vasavadatta was shunned by society and had nowhere
to go, Upagupta took her to his hermitage. While
adapting this story for our Amar Chitra Katha, we
have omitted a few gruesome details.