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J.440 Ka.nha Jaataka The story of Kanha hermit. He was the only son of a wealthy brahmin from Benares. He was educated in Takkasila. When his parents died, he gave away all his wealth and retired to the Himalayas, where he practiced strict asceticism, never entering the village, eating the fruits only of a single tree and living without shelter. He acquired great mystic powers and Sakkaís throne was heated by his virtue. Sakka visited him and having tested him with various questions, granted him six boons. The ascetic chose only boons pertaining to the life of renunciation. Sakka decreed that the tree under which the ascetic lived should bear fruit perenially. The Sakka of the story was Anuruddha. It is said the ascetic was called Kanha on account of his dark complexion. 59/771 Jaataka Khuddhaka J.iv.006ff. renunciation

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