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The Spiritual Journey of Janapada Kalyani
All hopes of Nanda’s return was shattered away.
Janapada Kalyani steadily improved from her
disturbance. Moreover, as the time passed on, she felt
that her entire life was going to be a waste,
and there was nothing very important for her
to follow, At that time she, too, decided to join
in the Order.
So, she refused to live the worldly life under the
guidance of Pajapati and joined the Order because by
then the Buddha had allowed the admission of the
nuns in his Sangha.
Although she refused to livethe worldly life,
then too her
attachment to her body was intense. She still
advance her pride for her physical beauty.
Further, she never dared to listen to the
Buddha’s orations, which highlighted the
humanity of all worldly phenomena including
the physical beauty. Besides, she never allowed
the thought that her outshine beauty would
die one day.
However, on the other hand, one day, she visited the Buddha to
hear his preaching along with other nuns of the
monastery. The Buddha had known her mind. So, he
created the form of the most gorgeous maiden,
who stood admiring him before he started his
conversation that day.
When listening to the conversation Janapada Kalyani
was still quite aware of her beauty and was
still thinking about it. But when the oration of the
Buddha moved forward, she saw herself ageing fast
and reaching the stage of severe old age, with
all her skins wrinkled; hair turning grey;
sagging of the stability of her breasts; and the
sudden change in the people’s stare, which was no
longer immoral. Moreover, passing through that
stage she saw herself dead; and her body
decaying to become a heap of waste. This
expression made her spiritually important and
she became a Sotapanna. Later, upon hearing the
Buddha’s Kayavicchandika Sutta
she achieved arahatahood.