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J.401 Dasa.n.naka Jaataka Once the bodhisatva was born as Senaka, a brahmin counsellor to King Maddava of Benares. Maddava, seeing that his chaplainís son was yearning for his chief queen, gave her to him for a week. But at the end of the week, the queen ran away with the youth and the king became ill with longing for her. Senaka thereupon arranged for a festival, in the course of which the king was shown a man swallowing a sword. The king asked his counsellors if anything could be harder than such a trick. They replied, in turn that to promise a gift, to make a gift, to make it and not to regret it, these acts were, in increasing degrees, far harder than swallowing a sword (a Dasannaka sword). The king, grasping the purport of their answers, regained his self-composure. The story was told to a monk tempted by his former wife. The king was identified with the monk and the other counsellors with Moggallana and Sariputta. 59/253 Jaataka Khuddhaka J.iii.336ff. regret at giving


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