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J.416 Parantapa Jaataka The bodhisatva was once born as the son of the king of Benares. He came to understand the speech of animals and thus learned from a she-jackal who he had offended that a hostile king with whom he would have to fight would march against the city. His father bore him no love and sent him to fight this king when he arrived. All the citizens followed the prince, however, so alarming the king, and causing the king to flee to the forest with his queen, his chaplain and a servant, Parantapa -- all living in a hut. When the king and chaplain were away collecting fruit, though with child by the king, the queen sinned with Parantapa and instigated him to kill the king while on his way to bathe in the river. The chaplain saw the deed but said nothing and on his return feigned to have been blinded by a snakeís breath. The queen bore a son, and when he was sixteen, the chaplain told him of what had happened and taught him the use of a sword. Soon after, the boy killed Parantapa and returned with his mother and the chaplain to Benares, where the bodhisatva made him viceroy. The story was told in reference to Devadattaís attempts to kill the Buddha. Devadatta was identified with the old king. 59/440 Jaataka Khuddhaka J.iii.415ff. disloyalty

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