Then, Kasyapa said in a gatha before the Buddha:
"O Great Holy One of the Guatama clan!
Stand up, I pray, and talk to us about the all-wonderful Law!
Do not recline on bed like any child
Or one who is sick. The Trainer,
The Teacher of Heaven and Earth,
Lies between the sala trees. The lowly
And the ignorant may say that he will surely enter nirvana.
They know nothing about the vaipulya
Or what the Buddha does. They, like one blind,
Do not see the undisclosed store of the Tathagata.
Only all bodhisattvas and Manjusri know well
The depths like any good archer.
All Buddhas of the Three Times sit on great compassion.
What is now the worth of such a great compassion?
With no compassion, the Buddha is no name.
If the Buddha definitely enters nirvana,
This is no eternal, O Unsurpassed One!
Have pity on us, answer our prayer, give
Benefit to beings, and subdue all tirthakas!"
And, also, they said in a gatha:
"I now bow to you, the Great Effort, the Unsurpassed,
The Right-enlightened, the Two-footed Honoured One!
The devas and men do not know, and Guatama knows well.
The World-honoured One practiced in the days gone by,
In the innumerable kalpas past, all penaces for us.
How comes it that you abandon what you once vowed
And desire now to enter nirvana? All beings
Now cannot see the undisclosed store
Of the All-Buddha-World-honoured One.
Because of this, it will be difficult to get out of this world,
And we repeat births and deaths, and fall into evil realms.
As the Buddha says, all arhats enter Nirvana.
But how do the lowly-born common mortals know well
What the Buddha does with the deepest mind?
He rains down on all beings the amrta,
To extract all illusions. If this amrta is partaken of,
One never more repeats birth, age, illness, and death.
The Tathagata-World-honoured One cures diseases
Of a hundred thousand innumerable beings
And extracts serious diseases
And makes it that there now remains none.
It is long since the World-honoured One
Abandoned all the pains of illnesses.
That is why he can be called the Seventh Buddha.
We pray that the Buddha will rain adown
The rain of the Law and give moisture
To our seed of virtue. All the great mass,
Men and devas, sit silent as you see."