A Sutta Query

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A Sutta Query

Postby plwk » Sat Jul 28, 2012 5:04 pm

Mahāparinibbāna Sutta
5.1. The Lord said: 'Ānanda, let us cross the Hiraññavatī River and go to the Mallas' sāl-grove in the vicinity of Kusinārā.'
'Very good, Lord', said Ānanda, and the Lord, with a large company of monks, crossed the river and went to the sāl-grove.
There the Lord said: 'Ānanda, prepare me a bed between these twin sāl-trees with my head to the north. I am tired and want to lie down.'
'Very good, Lord', said Ānanda, and did so.
Then the Lord lay down on his right side in the lion-posture, placing one foot on the other, mindful and dear­ly aware.

Does anyone know what is the or is there any significance of the bolded part?

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Re: A Sutta Query

Postby Bhikkhu Pesala » Sat Jul 28, 2012 7:22 pm

He would be facing the setting sun. Disciples paying their last respects would have a clear view of his face, not seeing it in shadow.
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