|Central Asians blend East and West|
- *For example, Bu.xxvi.15; Mhv.ii.24 calls her Bhaddakaccānā. But see Thomas, op. cit., 49; she is also called Subhaddakā, this being probably a variant of Bhaddakaccānā.
- [The Buddha had a sister and brother, or at least half-sister and half-brother, Sundari Nanda and Nanda, who also became enlightened monastics and lost in the shuffle of names. The Buddha got them to ordain on his return to his Scythian homeland, "Shakya Land," seven years after his enlightenment around the time his son, Rahula, was ordained as a Buddhist monk.]
A new monastic name
|The captivating Scythian/Central Asian beauty|
- [The Shakyians/Scythians, who were actually outside of the Vedic/Brahminical "Indian" caste system were considered kshatriyas, i.e., fierce warrior princes/princesses, nobles, nomads, soldiers, wanderers from the northwest frontier lands of Central Asia in what is now the Stans west of modern India].
|If I don't go now, I'll never be able to go.|
|The royals were once in love from the age of 16 on.|
She had taken to wearing saffron robes of a spiritual wayfarer/wanderer rather than royal raiment, eating only once a day, sleeping on the ground rather than using a high and luxurious bed, and so on [things such as the 13 sane ascetic practices] as the ascetic Siddhartha took on additional austerities, some sane, some severe.
- [This should pause to those who believe that Prince Siddhartha abandoned his family, left them behind, and had no consideration about their feelings. They knew where he was, why he left, and what he was doing. This means his former wife and the mother of his child knew. His father and mother, King Suddhodana and Queen Prajapati, the sister and co-wife of the Buddha's biological mother, Maya Devi, Queen Maya, who passed away seven days after his birth.]
- [It may be that Prince Rahula was not his one and only child. Ananda may have been a son not a cousin, as the Mahavastu states" Ananda's mother's name was Mrigi ("little deer"), who is named in the Kanjur and Sanghabedavastu as one of Gautama's royal harem wives (prior to his renunciation). This points to the strong possibility that Ananda was in fact the Buddha's son (Wendy Garling, Stars at Dawn: Forgotten Stories of Women in the Buddha's Life, Shambhala Publications, 2016, pp. 94-106). In the 20th year of (20 being the minimum age when a male can take full ordination in the Buddhist Monastic Order) of the Buddha's ministry, Ananda became the Buddha's personal attendant, accompanying him on most of his wanderings and taking the part of Socratic interlocutor in many of the recorded dialogues or sutras/discourses.]
|Life in one of the three palaces of the Shakyians' three royal palaces for the couple|
|Royal family as monks: Rahula, the Buddha, Ananda|
This is probably the only passage in the Three Collections of Buddhist texts (Tri-pitaka) where Bimba/Yasodhara/Rāhulamātā is mentioned by name.
King Suddhodana, moreover, was upset because he intended little Prince Rahula to eventually rule. Now the king, or local ruler of the Shakya clan (this particular band of Scythians), had no proper heir.
|Cool! I get to go be with my dad and relatives!|
Prince Siddhartha had gone away to find the way to the end of suffering for everyone, not least his own family and people. He was now called the muni ("sage") of the Scythians/Shakyas or Shakyamuni. They treated the Buddha, the Light of Asia and the World, as if he had returned to rule and lead a home life.
The new rule was that anyone who is not yet an adult (i.e., who is under 20, the age of majority at that time, which is equivalent to our 21 because in Asia people are born 1-year-old for the 10 lunar months they have spent on earth in the womb) should not be ordained by the monastics without parental consent.
|Princess Bimba (like mother Maya shown as a salabhanjika) giving birth to Rahula.|
|Together at home and wandering|
Who was the first Buddhist nun ordained by the Buddha? That would be his adoptive mother, who raised him from the time he was 7 days old, Queen Mahā Prajāpatī Gautamī, the sister of the Buddha's biological mother Queen Maya (AA.i.198) King Suddhodana's primary wife.
|Merit (wholesome and profitable karma) makes one wise and attractive life after life.|
In this account Bhaddakaccānā is mentioned as the daughter of the Shākyian [Scythian] Suppabuddha and his wife Amitā.*
*Cf. Mhv.ii.21f. It is said (DhA.iii.44f) that Yasodhara's father, Suppabuddha, did not forgive Prince Siddhartha (now the Buddha) for leaving his daughter; Devadatta [the Buddhist "Judas"] was Bhaddakaccanā's [brother], and it has been suggested that Devadatta's enmity against the Buddha was for reasons similar to her father's.
- [The significance of this is that a kalpa (Pali kappa) may in this case refer to "an ordinary human lifespan" rather than a "great aeon." If that is the case then the time between the arising of buddhas is not enormous epochs, ages, and aeons but rather just many lives.]
|The kind and swift witted Princess Bimba|
*J.ii.392f.; cf. the Supatta Jātaka, where Sāriputra, at Rāhula's request, obtained for her from Pasenadi rice with ghee flavored with [presumably savory/umami/fermented digestive aid] red fish. This was for abdominal pain (J.ii.433).
|Buddha as a Central Asian king|
[This shows how she was connected to the Bodhisattva, the Buddha-to-be, from the distant past because we are all often reborn in cohorts due to our karma].
- the queen consort in the Abbhantara Jataka,
- Sammillabhāsinī in the Ananusociya,
- Samuddavijayā in the āditta,
- Udayabhaddā in the Udaya,
- the potter's wife (Bhaggavī?) in the Kumbhakāra,
- the queen in the Kummāsa,
- the queen consort in the Kurudhamma,
- Pabhāvatī in the Kusa,
- Candā, in the Khandahāla,
- the queen in the Gangamāla,
- the female in the two Cakkavāka Jātakas,
- Candā in the Candakinnara,
- Sumanā in the Campeyya,
- the woman ascetic in the Cullabodhi,
- Candā in the Culla Sutasoma,
- the queen in the Jayaddisa,
- Sītā in the Dasaratha,
- the queen in the Pānīya,
- the wife in the Bandhanāgāra,
- Sujātā in the Manicora,
- Manoja's mother in the Manoja,
- Sīvalī in the Mahājanaka,
- Subhaddā in the Mahāsudassana,
- the mother deer in the Lakkhana,
- Visayha's wife in the Visayha,
- Maddī in the Vessantara,
- Suphassā in the Supatta,
- the queen in the Susīma,
- and the smith's wife in the Sūci Jataka.