Once there was a great shortage of whater in the small river that ran between two small [Indo-Scythian] kingdoms [in Shakyaland/Sakastan].
The people in the kingdoms were both relatives of the Lord Buddha [members of the Shakya Clan]. But they were going to fight over the water.
The Lord Buddha knew that if he did not [intervene and] prevent them, there was going to be great bloodshed.
So he came and wisely asked, "Which means more to you, water or relatives?" The Lord Buddha's question made the people realize that it is foolish to be fighting over the water.
The Lord Buddha's statement and posture holding his right hand up not only prevents his relatives from fighting but also signifies peace to the world. [The relatives relented at first, but due to their karma, they returned. They relented again. But they returned yet again and the Buddha realized he could not prevent them. It did not end well for the relatives. Sometimes even a Buddha cannot prevent what living beings are intent on.]
|The gold accented Jade Buddha and dragons, Bangkok, Thailand (Inkid/flickr.com)|
The Rohini river runs through the heart of the Buddha's homeland [Indo-Scythia, Central Asia, west of Gandhara], marking the border between the lands of the Shakyas and the Koliyas (his father's and mother's families, respectively).
|Crossing the L.A. River (latimes.com)|
The Buddha does indeed go home soon after his great enlightenment, where he picks up a number of male and female family members to join his monastic order. These include his half-brother (Nanda), several cousins (Ananda, Anuruddha, and Devadatta), and his son (Rahula). Eventually his wife (Princess Bimba, known more widely as Yasodhara, Rahulamata, and Bhaddhakaccana), the step-mother who raised him (Queen Maha Pajapati), and many other [Indo-Scythian] Shakyas also went on to become nuns and monks.
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