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of mountains. But what a doctrine for vile
ignorance !

In the medieval Additions to the Talmud, there
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is a story told by Rabbi Nathan of a stone-cutter
who broke up a mountain piecemeal, and pusht
the last remaining rock into the Jordan, Tho told
as a parable, it appears to preserve some reminis-
cence of a Palestinian trying to carry out literally
the words of Christ. See Rodkinson's Babylonian
Talmud, translation of Tract Aboth, p. 29.



44. HEALING THE SICK.



Matthew VIII. 16.
When even was come, they brought unto
him many demoniacs: and he cast out the
spirits with a word, and healed all that were
sick.

The parallel passage in Mark I. 34, says that
he healed many, not all.

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John XV. 3.

Already ye are clean because of the word
which I have spoken unto you.

It is true that spiritual cleanness is here meant,
but we know that in the New Testament, the two
go hand in hand. See Mark II. 5 ; John V. 14.



Classified Collection XLVI. 14.

Thus have i heard. At one season the
Lord was staying at Rajagaha, in the Bambii
Grove beside the Squirrels' feeding-ground.
Now at that season St. Kassapo the Great was
staying at the Fig-tree Grotto, and was sick,
suffering and severely ill. Then the Lord,
having arisen from his evening retirement,
went up to St. Kassapo the Great, and sat on a
seat prepared for him. And so sitting, the
Lord said: "I hope you are bearing up; I
hope you are able to move, and that your pains
are going away, and not coming on. Deep
breathing is a sign that they are going away,
and not coming on."

"No, Lord; I am not bearing up; I am
not able to move ; my severe pains are coming
on ; they are not going away ; the deep breath-
ing is a sign that they are coming on, and not
going away."

" Kassapo, there are these seven branches
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developt; and they conduce to higher know-
ledge, to full enlightenment, to Nirvana. What
are the seven ? They are :

[i.] Mental collectedness.
[2.] Search for truth.
[3.] Will-power.

[4-] Joy.

[5.] Peace.

[6.] Sustained collectedness (or, Trance).

[7.] Equanimity.

These are the seven branches of wisdom
thoroly taught by me, practist and developt;
and they conduce to higher knowledge, to full
enlightenment, to Nirvana."

" Certainly, O Lord, these are the branches
of wisdom. Certainly, O Auspicious One, these
are the branches of wisdom."

This is what the Lord said, and St. Kas-
sapo the Great was rapt and rejoiced at the
utterance of the Lord. And St. Kassapo the
Great got up from that sickness ; and so his
sickness was renounced, (i)



Ditto XLVI. 15.

The more celebrated disciple Moggallano is
cured in the same way at the Vulture's Peak.

(i) Pahlno, the regular word for renouncing or forsaking
sin.

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Ditto XLVI. i6.

At one season the Lord was staying at
Rajagaha, in the Bambu Grove beside the
Squirrels' feeding-ground. Now at that season
the Lord was sick, suffering, and severely ill.
And St. Cundo the Great went up to the Lord,
and sat respectfully on one side. And while
he was so sitting, the Lord said to him :
"Cundo, call to mind the seven branches of
wisdom."

" Lord, there are these seven branches of
wisdom thoroly taught by the Lord,practist and
developt ; and they conduce to higher know-
ledge, to full enlightenment, to Nirvana."

[Cundo then recites them as given above.]

''Certainly, Cundo, these are the branches
of wisdom ; these are the branches of wisdom."

This is what St. Cundo the Great said, and
the Master approved. Then the Lord got up
from that sickness ; and thus his sickness was
renounced.



All three of these passages are in the Parittdy
an ancient Pali manual of Scriptural selections for
use in daily life. It was partly translated into
French (but with none of these passages) by Leon
Peer in 1871, who also, in 1883, translated the first
of the three from the Tibetan. The Paritta or
Parittam (i.e. Defense) is used in Ceylon to this day
as a ward against evil. The Greek historian Arrian

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(second century, but using pre-Christian sources)
bears witness to the Hindu belief in spiritual heal-
ing. He says (/¬Ђ^2


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