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Vimāna Vatthu 4.1 Mañjeṭṭhaka Sutta
Crimson Mansion

A servant offers flowers to the Supreme Buddha and gains much happiness.

Moggallana Bhante:

Dear Devata, your mansion is crimson colored. Golden sand spreads all over your compound. Delightful music is always playing. You enjoy listening to that music very much.

Now you leave your mansion made of gems and walk towards the park of sala trees, full of beautiful flowers. When you go under a sala tree, something wonderful happens: the branches of the tree bend towards you and shower you with flowers. There are many beautiful birds in the park. Sala trees are blown by the wind in a beautiful rhythm, spreading their fragrance in all directions.

Do you smell these scents? Have you seen your beauty? We now ask you, what kind of meritorious actions did you do to gain these results?

Devata:

In my previous life I lived in the human world. I was a servant girl in a good family. One day, the Supreme Buddha visited my master’s house. I was very happy to see the Buddha sitting inside the house. I offered sala flowers spreading them around the Blessed One. I also made a beautiful garland-crown out of sala flowers and with delight offered it to the Supreme Buddha.

In this way, I practiced lots of meritorious deeds as encouraged by the Buddha. This is why today I live very happily in this heaven without any sorrow or pain.

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Vimāna Vatthu 4.1 Mañjeṭṭhaka Sutta: Crimson Mansion

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