Ananda asks the
Buddha at Giñjakāvasatha questions
concerning followers of the Buddha in Magadha.
The Yakkha, Janavasabha, appears and says he was
once King Bimbisāra and is now reborn into the
communion of King Vessavana. He then proceeds
to relate a report he had just heard from Vessavana of an assembly of the gods
held in Tāvatimsa many years earlier, on the
full-moon day of Āsālhi. Sakka presided and there
were present also the Four Regent Gods.
All the devas rejoiced that their numbers were increasing because so many on
earth were following the teachings of the Buddha. Then there appeared in the
assembly the Brahmā Sanankumāra in the guise
of Pañcasikha; assuming thirty-three forms,
he took his place by each god of Tāvatimsa and confirmed the glad tidings of the
increasing number of devas. He then told them of the Four Ways of Iddhi and the
Three Avenues of Bliss as taught by the Buddha, and of the seven samādhi-parikkhārā.
Then they all sang the praises of the Buddha. D.ii.200ff. (gr. D.18)