The Prelude to Precious Teacher
The Blue Jewel
Indrabodhi, King of Udyana, had 108 queens, both wives and consorts, but none was the mother of a son. Therefore, on the 15th day of the first summer month, he held a great tsok [feast-offering]. After reading aloud the sutra called the Cloud of Dharma, he vowed to distribute his wealth to all the citizens of the land. He hoped that by this act of great generosity, a son would come to be born in his palace.
The king's almsgiving took a few years, but his purse was empty before the last beggar could be satisfied. Determined to accomplish his objective, he remembered that the Nagas had a chintamani -- a wish-fulfilling jewel
He had a great ship prepared with a trusty captain to sail her, and while his courtiers wailed, he set off upon the great ocean. The ship had four great sails that could be directed to the four quarters from where the winds blow. It weathered the storms, sat patiently at anchor when becalmed, until finally mountains of gold, silver and lapis lazuli rose up before it.
Then the King and his sea captain took a shallow boat to the golden sands where a marvelous castle stood, framed by the precious mountains. The experienced captain instructed the King:
The King did as his experienced advisor had told him and, by the power of the magical gem, he found himself back at the captain's side. Just like ....... that!
In their little boat, they returned to the ship filled with anxious retainers in the same amazing way. The weight of the devis gifts was so great, that the skillful captain had to reject the stones of lesser value, dumping them over the side so that the ship could safely set sail for home.
Out on the wide water, far from any shore, there was an island. On the island grew an unusually large multi-colored lotus flower. In the center of this lotus, on its domed and puffy core, sat a happy child not more than eight years old.
How did he get there?
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