Dear Members,The Buddha, Moggallana and Sariputta
I love Thera Moggallana not just because he's a great teacher...he's also great with his supernatural powers. David's Book : List #546
[By Dr.David N. Snyder]
List no. 546
11 super normal (psychic) powers:
1. Having been one, he becomes many
2. Having been many, he becomes one
3. He appears and vanishes
4. He goes unhindered through a wall, through an enclosure, through a mountain, as though
5. He dives in and out of the earth as though it were water
6. He walks on water without sinking as though it were earth
7. Seated cross-legged, he travels in space like a bird
8. With his hand he touches and strokes the moon and sun so powerful and mighty
9. He wields bodily mastery even as far as the Brahma-world
10. The divine ear element, which is purified and surpasses the human, that Blessed One hears
both kinds of sounds, the heavenly and the human, those that are far as well as near
11. The Blessed One encompasses with his own mind the minds of other beings, other persons
(from Majjhima Nikaya 12 Samyutta Nikaya 12.70)
[ Edit from http://www.ignca.nic.in/jatak090.htm
Moggallana was one of the two chief disciples of the Buddha. He was ordained along with Sariputta; and on the same day the Buddha, too, had declared that they were the Chief Disciples.As Sariputta was best known for his wisdom, Moggallana was best known for the possession of the supernatural powers.
Sariputta was the preceptor of Rahula (the son of the Buddha); Moggallana was his teacher. Both Sariputta and Moggallana had a mutual request for each other. Moggallana died a fortnight after Sariputta on a new moon night.
Moggallana was born on the same day when Sariputta was born. He derived his name from his mother who was called Moggali (or Moggallani). He was also called Kolita, which was the name of his village.The friendship between the families of Moggallana and Sariputta existed for seven generations; and the two were the friends since their childhood.
Once, the two friends went to see a mime-play (giraggasamajja) and realised through the play that the “world itself is a drama” as “all the worldly things are impermanent”. This realisation made them renounce the world.
Love Thera Moggallana,