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Academic Sutta Name Notes PSA Plae Vagga Nikaya PTS Keywords
J.431 Haarita Jaataka | Harittaca Jaataka The bodhisatva was born in a wealthy brahmin family and was called Harittaca because of his golden colour. When his father died, he left the world and became an ascetic with great supranormal powers. He went to Benares and was invited by the king to live in the royal park. He accepted the invitation and lived there for twelve years. The king was called away to quell a frontier rebellion and instructed the queen to look after the ascetic. One evening the ascetic returned rather late to the palace and the queen, rising hastily at his arrival, let her garment slip. Harittacaís mind became filled with thoughts of lust and taking her hand and drawing a curtain around them, he lay with her. This then became a daily occurrence and the scandal spread about. The ministers wrote to the king, but he refused to believe them. Even when he returned and the queen confessed her guilt, he refused to believe her. Only when Harittaca himself admitted guilt did he believe him, but admiring his truthfulness, forgave him. Harittaca preached to the king on the misery of sensual desire, once more developed his supranormal powers and taking leave of the king, returned to the Himalayas. The Jataka was told in reference to a monk who had grown discontented because of beautiful women. See also the similar Sa.nkappa Jaataka (J.251) and Mudulakkha.na Jaataka (J.066). 59/647 Jaataka Khuddhaka J.iii.496ff. women, temptation, passion


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