shivaaH puShkariniish c' aiva
n' aajNayaa cetan"-otkarShaad
dikShu sarvaasv aciikhanan
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And lovely lotus pools
Of finest quality water,
Not at anybody's behest,
but because of being uplifted,
They had dug in all directions.
Lovely lotus pools are a nice idea, but they can never become a reality without water, whose qualities as a substance supporting life might be unsurpassed by any substance. Furthermore, although Ashvaghosha seems to be giving all the credit to the Shakya bosses, the ultimate fact remained that some poor bugger had to pick up his spade and do the digging.
Apropos finest quality water, on arriving in France in a somewhat fatigued and dehydrated state, I wrote the following ...
The gold I dig out, in a dream,
Is not what others think.
Now burbling of the forest stream
Sounds wet enough to drink.
If the main point of yesterday's verse was to portray the Shakya dictators as benevolent dictators, today's verse can be regarded as providing further clarification of the same -- the 3rd line clarifies what genuine or spontaneous benevolence is; and the 3rd and 4th line together underline the point that nobody was pulling the strings of the Shakya bosses, but they were pulling the strings (again via the causative aorist form) of the guys doing the digging.
Looking at the 4th line on its own, "digging commanded in all directions" might be taken just as a description of sitting-buddha, having carved out of space a bit of solitude, enjoying that solitude... and yet not being satisfied with that level of practice and so regressing on and digging deeper towards...
the greater joy of balanced stillness, but not attaching to that joy, and so regressing on and digging deeper towards...
ultimate ease, and not being satisfied with this experience of complete ease but rather seeing a fault in it, and so regressing on and digging deeper towards...
total indifference and full awareness...
at which stage, even having dug down this deep, the five upper fetters, which are bound up with superiority and which tie a practitioner to the first person, might still remain to be cut...
Without order from anyone but only because of their exceeding wisdom, they dug in all directions pleasant lotusponds filled with water of pre-eminent virtue.
They had lovely lotus pools dug in every quarter, with water of the finest quality, not because they were asked to, but because they were noble-minded.
shivaaH (acc. pl. f.): auspicious , propitious , gracious , favourable , benign , kind , benevolent , friendly
puShkariniiH (acc. pl.): f. a lotus pool , any pool or pond
param'-aagrya-guN'-aambhasaH (gen./abl. sg.): of/from water of the highest quality
parama: mfn. (superl. of para) most distant , furthest, best
agrya: mfn. foremost , topmost , principal , best
guNa: m. quality
ambhas: n. water
aajNayaa = inst. sg. aajNaa: f. order , command ; authority , unlimited power
cetan"-otkarShaad (abl. sg.): because of upward-pulling consciousness
cetanaa: f. consciousness , understanding , sense , intelligence
utkarSha: mfn. superior , eminent ; m. pulling upwards, m. excellence , eminence
ud: up, upwards
karSha: the act of drawing , dragging
dikShu = loc. pl. dish: f. quarter or region pointed at , direction
sarvaasu (loc. pl. f.): all
aciikhanan = 3rd per. pl. [causitive?] aorist khan: to dig