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J.120 Bandhanamokkha Jaataka The bodhisatva was once chaplain to King Brahmadatta. While the king was absent quelling a frontier rebellion, his queen sinned with all the messengers sent by the king to inquire after her welfare. On the day of the kingís return, the chaplain, while decorating the palace, entered the queenís apartments and she asked him to satisfy her lust. When he refused, the queen (feigning illness) charged him with having ill-treated her. Thereupon the king ordered that the chaplain be beheaded, but the latter begged to be brought before the king, where he protested his innocence and proved, by the testimony of the kingís messengers, the queenís wickedness. The king wished to put the queen and all the messengers to death -- but the chaplain interceded on their behalf and they were pardoned. He himself retired to the Himalayas where he became an ascetic. The Jataka was told in reference to Ci~ncaís attempt to bring calumny upon the Buddha. The queen is identified with Ci~nca and the king with Ananda. 56/454 Jaataka Khuddhaka J.i.437ff. women, passion

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