ATTEMPTS ON GAUTAMA'S LIFE. 161
About twelve years after Gautama had attained Buddhahood be was invited by his father, King Suddodhana, to visit Kapilavastu. On his first arrival there, some of his kinsmen, actuated by jealousy, did not pay him proper respect ; but ultimately, after the performance by him of several miracles, the whole tribe of Skyas were converted to his faith, including his father, his cousin Ananda, who became from that time his personal attendant, his own son Rahula, and his brother-in-law Dwadat. His wife Yasodhar, and his foster-mother, Prajapti, also followed the same course ; and when, sometime afterwards, Gautama formed the order of female mendicants, they became the first two of the Buddhist nuns.
The position of Gautama was, however, not without its difficulties and trials. A serious schism in his Order was not long after this caused by Dwadat, whose sectarists, at his instigation, made three separate attempts on Gautama's life. On these all failing, Dwadat proceeded himself in person with a large retinue to the monastery where Gautama was then residing, in order to enforce upon him the reforms he advocated. But on his reaching its vicinity an awful fate awaited himathe earth burst open under his feet, and, surrounded by devouring flames, he fell down to the lowest hell, where three red-hot irons transfixed him
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