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222 Ibid. , p. 222, eleven. 11-12 (corrected text): SatrJghanjjrayadr~fyabhinivdo na kartavyaiJ admatviic ca. s~ghanimillasyiisafrlskrtatvad (93-94) ninety three bankruptcy THE MAGADHAN interval normal positive factors OF THE interval. -The time period Magadhan could be utilized to the interval which prolonged from 546 to 324 B. C. and that's characterised by way of the consistent progress of the dominion of Magadha less than the successive dynasties of the Haryarikas (546-414), Sisunagas (414-346) and the 9 Nadas (346-324). regardless of the palace dramas which often bathed the throne in blood, the princes had the pursuits of the country at center and equipped up piecemeal an intensive nation which integrated the territories of the Vrjis and Kosala within the north, KuruPaiicala and the Mathura quarter within the west, the territories of the Avanti (Malwa), Haihaya at the Narmada and of Asmaka at the higher Godavari within the centre and south-west, Bengal and Kaliilga within the east. The spiritual zeal of the princes used to be no longer as nice as was once their political awareness; although, a few of them confirmed sympathy for the Buddhist Order and favoured its improvement : Bimbisara, Ajatasatru (after his accession to the throne), Udayin, Mu~Qa and Kalasoka. spiritual heritage can't fail to remember areas which had no longer but been touched through Buddhist propaganda on the Magadhan interval, yet which have been later to develop into vital holy lands : Uttarapatha and the island of Ceylon. Uttarapatha, a quarter within the north-west, and its capital Tak~sila, the seat of an historical collage, shaped, at an early date, an influential centre of Indian tradition. in response to a overdue and possibly apocryphal culture, its king Pukkusati had identified the Buddha within the 6th century and been switched over. besides the fact that, if this truth is correct, the royal instance used to be now not by means of the mass of the inhabitants, and 3 extra centuries have been required for the great legislation to be implanted within the quarter. meanwhile, the north-west used to be drawn right into a swift succession of occasions : ninety four the Achaemenid conquest and career (559-336); a lightning raid by way of Alexander (327-324), and quarrels one of the Diadochi (325-305). It was once purely in 305, after the failure of Seleucus' crusade opposed to Candragupta, that the north-west again to the mother-country and back entered the orbit of the Indian empire. in the direction of the tip of the 6th century, the island of Ceylon was once occupied through an Aryan colony, which originated in Lata (Gulf of Cambay), and superimposed itself at the primitive inhabitants of the 86 THE MAGADHAN interval (94-95) Ve<;lc,ias. those Sirp. hala, as they have been known as, have been ruled from 486 to 250 via 5 successive kings who geared up the island, gave it a capital, Anuradhapura, and ready it to obtain the message of Sakyamuni which the missionary Mahinda was once to deliver to it. in the course of the Magadhan interval, the Buddhist neighborhood, of which the most centre was once nonetheless the quarter of the center Ganges, settled down slowly yet absolutely. Its first successes have been faraway from fantastic and hardly ever handed these of the rival orders of the Nirgranthas, AJivikas, Jatilakas, Teda~c,iikas, Aviruddhakas or Devadharmikas.

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