When the Bodhisattva cut off his hair and put on the saffron-colored cloth, one hundred thousand gods felt joyous, pleased, and elated.
Happy and delighted, they called out cries of joy and exclaimed:
“Friends, Prince Siddhārtha has left his home.
Friends, Prince Siddhārtha has become a monk!
He will awaken to unexcelled, perfect and complete buddhahood and will turn the wheel of the Dharma.
He will liberate from birth the infinite number of beings who are born.
Then he will free them from old age, death, sickness, pain, lamentation, suffering, depression, and distress, and ferry them to the other shore of the ocean of saṃsāra. He will establish them in the realm of phenomena, which is blissful, peaceful, deathless, and free from fear, suffering, harm, and stain.” These words of amazement, delight, and joy resounded all the way up to the Highest Heaven.Ārya Lalitavistara Nāma Mahāyāna Sūtra
Today, the 27th March 2015, 8th Day of the 2nd Lunar Month, Upavasatha Day, the Chinese Mahayana Tradition commemorates the Lord's Great Renunciation