The Marriage-feast In Jambunada

There was a man in Jambunada who was to be married the next day,

and he thought, "Would that the Buddha, the Blessed One, might be

present at the wedding."

And the Blessed One passed by his house and met him, and when he

read the silent wish in the heart of the bridegroom, he consented

to enter.

When the Holy One appeared with the retinue of his many bhikkhus,

the host whose means were limited received them as best he could,

saying: "Eat, my Lord, and all thy congregation, according to

your desire."

While the holy men ate, the meats and drinks remained

undiminished, and the host thought to himself: "How wondrous is

this! I should have had plenty for all my relatives and

friends. Would that I had invited them all."

When this thought was in the host's mind, all his relatives and

friends entered the house; and although the hall in the house was

small there was room in it for all of them. They sat down at the

table and ate, and there was more than enough for all of them.

The Blessed One was pleased to see so many guests full of good

cheer and he quickened them and gladdened them with words of

truth, proclaiming the bliss of righteousness:

"The greatest happiness which a mortal man can imagine is the

bond of marriage that ties together two loving hearts. But there

is a greater happiness still: it is the embrace of truth. Death

will separate husband and wife, but death will never affect him

who has espoused the truth.

"Therefore be married unto the truth and live with the truth in

holy wedlock. The husband who loves his wife and desires for a

union that shall be everlasting must be faithful to her so as to

be like truth itself, and she will rely upon him and revere him

and minister unto him. And the wife who loves her husband and

desires a union that shall be everlasting must be faithful to him

so as to be like truth itself; and he will place his trust in

her, he will provide for her. Verily, I say unto you, their

children will become like unto their parents and will bear

witness to their happiness.

"Let no man be single, let every one be wedded in holy love to

the truth. And when Mara, the destroyer, comes to separate the

visible forms of your being, you will continue to live in the

truth, and you will partake of the life everlasting, for the

truth is immortal."

There was no one among the guests but was strengthened in his

spiritual life, and recognized the sweetness of a life of

righteousness; and they took refuge in Buddha, the Dharma, and

the Sangha.

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