"With conscious."--This story was told by the Master while at Jetavana, about the interpretation by Sariputta, Captain of the Faith, at the gate of Samkassa town, of a problem tersely propounded by the Master. And the following was the story of the past he then told.
"Once on a time when Brahmadatta was reigning in Benares,...and otherwise....the Bodhisattva, as he expired in his forest-home, exclaimed, 'Neither conscious nor unconscious.' And the recluses did not believe the interpretation which the Bodhisattva's chief disciple gave of the Master's words. Back came the Bodhisattva from the Radiant Realm, and from mid-air recited this stanza:--
"'With conscious, with unconscious, too,
"His lesson ended, the Bodhisattva praised his disciple and went back to the Brahma Realm. Then the rest of the recluses believed the chief disciple."
His lesson taught, the Master identified the Birth by saying, "In those days Sariputta was the chief disciple, and I Maha Brahma."