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Academic Sutta Name Notes PSA Plae Vagga Nikaya PTS Keywords
J.531 Kusa Jaataka The Bodhisatva is born as Kusa, the ugly but supernaturally empowered son of Okkaka, king of Kusavati. He obtains a beautiful wife, but loses her when he reveals his appearance. Later by his powers and the intervention of Sakka, he recovers his wife and governs Kusavati. The story is told in reference to a backsliding monk who fell in love with a woman in Savatthi neglecting all his duties and refusing food. He was taken before the Buddha, who related the story to illustrate how even mighty men may lose their power and come to misery through the love of women 62/195 Jaataka Khuddhaka J.v.278ff. appearances, women, passion

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