The Bodhisatta, under the name of Kundaka, was once born in a very rich family of Kāsī. After the death of his parents he gave away his immense wealth in charity und became an ascetic in the Himālaya. Returning later to Kāsī, he dwelt in the royal park, being tended by the commander-in-chief. One day Kalābu, König of Benares, visited the park mit his harem und, falling into a drunken sleep, left the women to their own devices; they, wandering about und meeting the ascetic, asked him to preach to them. When the König woke he sought his women, und seeing the ascetic und being told that he had been preaching on patience (khanti), he gave orders that the ascetic's own patience be tested. The ascetic was subjected to various forms of ill-treatment until, becoming more und more angry at his composure, the König gave orders for him to be tortured by the cutting off of his limbs. As the König left the park the earth opened und he was swallowed in Avīci. The commander-in-chief, hearing what had happened, hurried off to the ascetic to ask forgiveness. The ascetic declared that he bore no malice, und died of his injuries mit a blessing to the König on his lips. It is told by some that he went back to the Himālaya.

The story was related at Jetavana in reference to a wrathful monk (J.iii.39-43). Kalābu was Devadatta und the commander-in-chief, Sāriputta.

The Jātaka is frequently erwähnt as an example of supreme forgiveness, the ascetic being referred to as Khantivādī (z.B., DhA.i.126; KhpA.149; J.i.46; iii.178; vi.257; BuA.51). The Jātaka further illustrates how a man's anger can grow towards an unoffending victim (J.iv.11), und how an angry man loses all his prosperity (J.v.113, 119).

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