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J.507 Mahaapalobhana Jaataka The bodhisatva once left the Brahma-world and was born as Anitthigandha the son of the Benares king, but would have nothing to do with women. When he grew up, his father was filled with despair -- until a dancing-girl offered to seduce the prince. She sang outside the prince’s door until he was filled with desire. Eventually he came to know the joys of love, and filled with madness, ran amok through the streets, chasing people. The king banished both the prince and his seducer and they went to live in a hut away down the Ganges. One day a hermit visited the hut and, seeing the woman, lost his power of flying through the air. When he saw the bodhisatva, he ran away and fell in the sea. The bodhisatva, realizing his plight, told him of the wiles of women and helped him to regain his lost power, while he himself sent the woman back to the haunts of man and became an ascetic. The story is told in reference to a backsliding monk. 61/219 Jaataka Khuddhaka J.iv.468ff. seduction, women

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