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XIII:8 Thirty bhikkhus who suddenly disappeared

Once, thirty bhikkhus came to pay homage to the Buddha. When they came in, the Venerable Ananda, who was then attending to the Buddha, left the room and waited outside. After sometime, Ananda went in, but he did not find any of the bhikkhus and he asked where they had all gone.

The Buddha replied, 'All those bhikkhus have gone.' 'By what path did they go, Venerable Sir?' 'Through the air, Ananda.' 'But Venerable Sir, have they attained Arahanthood?' 'Yes, Ananda. After hearing the Dhamma, they have attained Arahanthood with supernormal powers.'

At that moment the Buddha saw some swans flying through the air. He commented, 'Ananda, those who have attained Sainthood, fly through the air like swans.'

55/170 Dhammapada & Commentary Khuddhaka J.i.106ff. despair

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