Ananda and the Buddha’s other students saw all this and were very amazed. They asked, “Who is this child?” The Buddha replied, “This boy is uncommon. Through his aspirations and this connection with me here today, he will become a very great king about 250 years after my mahaparinirvana. He will help spread the Dharma and support the sangha. He will create as many monuments to Buddhism throughout the world as the grains of sand that he placed in my bowl. This is a very special child, and the friends who helped him today will continue to support his activities in the future.” Then the Buddha said a special dedication prayer and continued walking into the city.”
Liberating Duality with Wisdom Display (pgs 68-69)
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