when venerable Ananda asked, what the cause, that so mighty an earthquake should arise?”
Then the Blessed One said: “There are eight reasons, Ananda, eight causes for a mighty earthquake to arise. What are those eight?
- “This great earth, Ananda, is established upon liquid, the liquid upon the atmosphere, and the atmosphere upon space. And when, Ananda, mighty atmospheric disturbances take place, the liquid is agitated. And with the agitation of the liquid, tremors of the earth arise. This is the first cause for the arising of mighty earthquakes.
- “Again, Ananda, when an ascetic or holy man of great power, one who has gained mastery of his mind, or a deity who is mighty and potent, develops intense concentration on the delimited aspect of the earth element, and to a boundless degree on the liquid element, he, too,
causes the earth to tremble, quiver, and shake. This is the second cause for the arising of mighty earthquakes.
3 – 8. “Again, Ananda, when the Bodhisatta departs from the Tusita realm and descends into his mother’s womb, mindfully and clearly comprehending; and when the Bodhisatta comes out from his mother’s womb, mindfully and clearly comprehending; and when the Tathagata becomes fully enlightened in unsurpassed, supreme Enlightenment; when the Tathagata sets rolling the excellent Wheel of the Dhamma; when the
Tathagata renounces his will to live on; and when the Tathagata comes to pass away into the state of Nibbana in which no element of clinging remains — then, too, Ananda, this great earth trembles, quivers, and shakes.
“These, Ananda, are the eight reasons, the eight causes for a great earthquake to arise.
May all beings be well and happy & attain the fruits of Nibbana.