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J.282 Seyya Jaataka The bodhisatva was once king of Benares and ruled in all goodness. One of his ministers, having intrigued with a member of his harem, was expelled and took service in the court of an enemy king and persuaded him to lead an army against Benares. The people of Benares were allowed to offer no resistance, the king was captured alive and cast into prison in chains. While there he developed meditational powers and in retribution the body of the enemy king was filled with pain. Having discovered the reason, he set the prisoner free and restored his kingdom. The story was related in reference to a courtier of the king of Kosala who was imprisoned on a false charge. Owing to his virtue, he became a sotapanna and the king, discovering his innocence, set him free. Ananda is identified with the marauding king of the Jataka. See also Mahasilava Jataka (J.051). 58/254 Jaataka Khuddhaka J.ii.400ff. justice

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