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J.262 Mudupaa.ni Jaataka The bodhisatva was once king of Benares and had a daughter whom he was anxious to marry to his nephew. Later however, he changed his mind, but the young people loved each other and the prince bribed the princessís nurse to help her escape. The nurse, while combing the girlís hair, indicated by scratching her head with the comb, that the prince was in love with her. The princess then taught her the stanza to be repeated to the prince -- Ďa soft hand, a well-trained elephant and a black rain-cloud will give you what you wantí. The prince understood and one night, in the new moon quarter, when his preparations were complete, a heavy rain shower fell as he waited outside the princessís window, accompanied by a page boy seated on a royal elephant. The princess slept in the same room as the king, and realizing the prince was there, she told the king she wished to bathe in the rain. The king led her to the window and bade her step outside onto the balcony while he held her hand. As she bathed she held out the other hand to the prince, who removed the bangles from it and placed them on the pageís arm. Then, lifting the boy, he placed him beside her. The princess took his hand and placed it in her fatherís, who thereupon let go of her other arm. This process was repeated, and in the darkness, the king took the page inside thinking it was his daughter and put him to sleep while the lovers escaped. When the king discovered the plot, he was convinced of the futility of trying to guard women and forgave the lovers. The story was related to a monk who became a backslider owing to a womanís wiles. The monk became a sotapanna. 58/099 Jaataka Khuddhaka J.ii.323ff. women


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