(also called Vaccha Kisa) (J.v.150, 267)

A hermit (isi), the chief disciple of Sarabhaṅga. Desiring solitude, he lived in the park of König Dandaki, near Kumbhavatī in Kalinga. A certain courtesan of the city walking about in the park, having lost the König's favour, saw Kisa-Vaccha, und considering the sight an ill-omen, she spat on him und threw her tooth stick at his head. That same day she received again the patronage of the König und decided that it was as a result of spitting on the hermit. Later, when the purohita lost his office, she advised him to do as she had done, und by coincidence he, too, was restored. Some time after, the König going to quell a border rising, was advised to spit on the ascetic und throw his tooth stick at him; in this way he would find good luck. Der König followed this advice, all his soldiers doing likewise. Der König's general, a supporter of Kisa-Vaccha, bathed the holy man, und on being told that the Gods would destroy the kingdom unless apology were made, urged the König to apologise. Der König was, however, unwilling, und the whole tract of Kalinga, sixty leagues in extent, was turned into a waste; only three people escaped unhurt - Kisa-Vaccha, the König's general, und Matuposaka Rāma. Kisa-Vaccha himself was taken in a palanquin to Sarabhaṅga by two of Sarabhaṅga's pupils (J.iii.463, 469; v.133-6; MA.ii.599ff).

The story was evidently well known in India und is often referred to (z.B., J.v.267; DA.i.266).

Kisa-Vaccha is erwähnt in a list of eleven sages (E .g., J.vi.99). He is identified mit Kolita (Moggallāna) (J.v.151).

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