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Buddhist Dictionary of Pali Proper Names by G P Malalasekera
Cūlahatthipadopama Sutta:Jānussoni,travelling in a carriage,meetsPilotika,from whom he hears praise of theBuddha.He learns how Pilotika,having heard the Buddha’s teachings to nobles,Brahmins,house-holders and recluses,was convinced that the Buddha was all-enlightened,just as an expert elephant-tracker seeing a broad elephant-footprint would conclude that it indicated the track of a really large elephant.

Jānussoni goes to visit the Buddha and reports his conversation with Pilotika.The Buddha tells him it would be a mistake to conclude at once from seeing a broad footprint that it belonged to a very large elephant; there are many other possibilities which should first be eliminated.He then proceeds to describe the life of a real recluse,the disciple of the Noble One,and the attainments he reaches; these he calls the Truth-finder’s foot prints.Following this,the disciple makes further discoveries,till his mind is completely free from the āsavas,and then he realises the Truth-finder’s real quest.Jānussoni becomes a follower of the Buddha (M.i.175ff).

This was the first sutta preached in Ceylon by Mahinda to Devānampiyatissa.At the end of the discourse the king accepts the Three Refuges.Mhv.xiv.22.

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