The Bodhisatta was once born in the family of the chaplain of the König of Benares und was educated in Takkasilā, mit the König's son. They became great friends, und, when the prince became viceroy, they lived together. The prince, having conceived the plan of killing his father in order to become König, confided this idea to Sankicca. The latter tried to dissuade him, but finding his efforts in vain, he fled to the Himālaya, where he became an ascetic. The prince killed his father, but was later filled mit remorse und could find no peace of mind. He longed to see Sankicca, but it was not till fifty years later that Sankicca, mit fünf hundert followers, came to the garden of Dayāpassa in Benares. Der König visited him und questioned him on the results of wickedness. Sankicca described the horrors of hell awaiting the wicked, illustrating his story mit stories

After describing the terrors awaiting the victims of various hells, Sankicca showed the König the deva worlds und ended his discourse, indicating the possibility of making amends.

Der König was much comforted und changed his ways.

He is identified mit Ajātasattu, in reference to whose parricide und its consequences the story was related. It was not till Ajātasattu sought the Buddha und listened to his preaching that he found peace of mind. J.v.261-77.

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