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J.386 Kharaputta Jaataka Once Senaka, king of Benares, saved a Naga king from being beaten to death by village lads and the Naga consequently rewarded the king with many gifts. One of the gifts was a Naga maiden. The king later found that the maiden was unfaithful and punished her. The maiden complained to the Naga king, later, when she was found to be in the wrong, the Naga king taught Senaka a charm which allowed him a knowledge of all sounds in compensation. He was warned that teaching the charm to anyone else would incur death. Senakaís queen discovered his possession of the charm and even though she knew it would cost the king his life, begged him to teach it to her, day and night, until finally he agreed. Sakka intervened and suggested that Senaka could save himself by telling the queen that the initiation for the charm entailed 100 lashes. The queen agreed to the initiation, but after the first few lashes didnít wish to continue. The king had her lashed 100 times anyway to punish her for her selfishness. The Jataka was told concerning a monk who was tempted by his former wife. 59/114 Jaataka Khuddhaka J.iii.275ff. women

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