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J.380 Aasa"nka Jaataka Once the bodhisatva was an ascetic in the Himalayas. At that time, a being of great merit left Tavatimsa and was born as a girl in the midst of a lotus pool near the bodhisatvaís hermitage. The bodhisatva, noticing a peculiarity in the growth of the lotus, swam to it and recovered the girl, who he brought up as his daughter, giving her the name Asanka. Sakka, coming to visit him saw the girl, and enquiring what he could do for her comfort, provided her with a crystal palace and divine food and raiment. She spent her time waiting on the bodhisatva. The king of Benares, having heard of her great beauty, came to the forest with a great following and asked for her hand. The bodhisatva agreed on the condition that the king would tell him her name. The king spent a whole year trying to guess it and having failed, was returning home in despair, when the girl looking out of her window, told him of the creeper of Asavati for whose fruits the gods wait 1,000 years. She thus encouraged him to try again. Another year passed and she again raised hopes in the disappointed king by relating to him the story of a crane whose hopes Sakka had fulfilled. At the end of a third year, the king, disgusted by his failure, started to go home, but again the girl engaged him in conversation, and in the course of the talk, the girlís name was mentioned. When the king was told that the world had occurred in his talk, he returned to the bodhisatva and told it to him. The bodhisatva then gave Asanka in marriage to the king. See also Indriya Jataka (J.423). 59/051 Jaataka Khuddhaka J.iii.248ff. patience

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