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     Maha Maya’s Dream


Maya was the mother of Gotama, she was often called as Mahamaya. Gotama's mother was the daughter of the Sakyan Anjana of Devadaha and mother Yasodhara – who was the daughter of Jayasena. She had two brothers and one sister. She and her sister Maha Pajapati were both married to Suddhodana, who was the king of Kapilavatthu.

Mahamaya overcome every good values of being the mother of the Buddha. She never spoilt the practice of panchasheela (five promise of good perform, which means refraining from killing; stealing; sensual quest, lies and intoxicants). Moreover, according to the tradition she had practiced parami for one thousand years; which was suitable to become the mother of the Buddha.

The day when the Buddha was to be visualize she kept fast; and at night she saw a dream. In her dream she saw that the four devas, called the Chatumaharajas, took her to the Himava and placed her on a bed under a Sal tree. Then the wives of the devas came and gave a bath to her in the Lake Anottata and dressed her in godly robes. They then took her to a golden palace and placed her in a magnificent couch, where the Bodhisatta in the form of a white elephant holding a white lotus in his glorious trunk entered her womb through her right side. That was a full-moon day of Uttara Asalha to mark the beginning of a seven-day festival. She, too, had participated in the festival. Even, on that day she did not sleep with her husband.

Next day, she told the dream to the king, who in turn talk to the court astrologers, and from them heard the forecast that the child would either be universal monarch or a Buddha.

 

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