|Shakya Land (Scythia) at left|
|Queen Maya on her way to her parents gives birth in Lumbini standing, holding a sal tree|
|The illusory beauty Queen Maya (Maha Maya Devi) dreams of conception with royal symbols.|
|Queen Maya gives birth standing|
|Afghanistan/Shakya Land upper left|
- Imagine that! The warrior Sakas' titular god was a deva was a celestial-ruler and King of Kings Sakka? [Sakka not only was the most eminent deva, the "Lord of Lords," among the 33 in the "World of the Thirty-Three" devas but was at the same time the "King of Kings" of the next lower space plane, the "Realm of the Four Great Space Kings" (Catu-maha-rajika deva loka) of the four cardinal directions in the sky.]
|Burmese Theravada Buddhist depiction of the Four Great Sky Kings of the quarters (W)|
From there she saw Siddhartha grow into a young man, marry at 16, become a father at 29, renounce the world and become a wandering ascetic on the same day, and awaken to buddhahood at 35.
|The aunt who raised Prince Siddhartha|
(a) the 42 couplets (dyads, duka) of the Suttanta Matika, which follows the Abhidhamma Matika, both of which preface the seven Abhidhamma books. The 42 Suttanta couplets are explained in the Dhammasangani and this likewise has probably to be ascribed to the Elder. (b) the fourth and last part of the Dhammasangani, the Atthuddhara-kanda, or "synopsis."
(c) the arrangement for the recitation of the Abhidhamma (vacanamagga).
(d) the Numerical Section (gañanacara) of the Patthana.
- Iconography: the Buddha's mother is a salabhanjika
- Prince Siddhartha was born in Afghanistan, and he traveled from Scythia (Shakya Land) to "India" to find a teacher and become enlightened
|Would it be better to give birth to a buddha and go to heaven or stay on earth and become an enlightened nun, paving the way for other women to enter the Buddha's Female Order?|