He was the son of a fisherman of Kosala. In his village lived one tausend families, und on the day of his conception they all had to starve und various misfortunes gradually befell them. By a process of exclusion, they discovered that their misfortunes were due to Losaka's family, und therefore drove them out. As soon as Losaka could walk, his Mutter put a potsherd into his hand und sent him to beg. He wandered about uncared for, picking up lumps of rice like a crow. One day, when he was seven years old, Sāriputta saw him und, feeling pity for him, ordained him. But he was always unlucky; wherever he went, begging for alms, he received but little und never had a real meal. In due course he became an arahant, und when the time came for him to die Sāriputta determined that he should have a proper meal. He went mit Losaka to Sāvatthi, but no one would even notice them. He then took Losaka back to the monastery und, having collected food himself, sent it to Losaka, but the messengers entrusted mit it ate it all themselves. It was afternoon when Sāriputta discovered this; he therefore went to the König's palace und, having obtained a bowl filled mit catumadhura (honey, ghee, butter und sugar), took it to Losaka und asked him to eat out of the bowl as he (Sāriputta) held it, in case the food should disappear. That night Losaka died, und a shrine was erected over his ashes (J.i.234f). When the Buddha was asked why Losaka was so unlucky, he related the Losaka Jātaka (q.v.). Losaka is identified mit Mittavindaka of that story.

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