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J.318 Ka.naviira Jaataka | Ka.navera Jaataka Once the bodhisatva was born as a robber in the village of Kasi and became notorious for his banditry. When the people complained of him to the king, the latter had him arrested by the governor of the province and condemned to death. While being led to his execution with a wreath of red kanavera flowers on his head, he was seen by Sama, the chief courtesan of the city, and she immediately fell in love with him for his comely and striking appearance. Sama, sending word to the governor, that the robber was her brother, persuaded him, by means of a bribe of 1,000 pieces to set him free and send him to her for a while. Then, using all her guile, she substituted for the robber, a youth who was enamoured of her and who had happened to visit her that day. This youth was killed in the place of the robber, who was brought to Sama, and she showered on him all her favours. Fearing that when Sama grew tired of him she might betray him, the robber went with her one day to the park, and on the pretence of embracing her, squeezed her until she swooned and then taking all her ornaments, escaped. Sama imagined him to have run away for fear he had killed her. She tried to re-establish contact with him by all means, but he refused to return, sending word that he doubted her constancy. In despair, Sama returned to her former means of livelihood. 58/496 Jaataka Khuddhaka J.iii.058ff. passion

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