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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.

 

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