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Story of The Flight of Sakka
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the Bodhisatta was born as Sakka (Indra), the king of the devas
(the radiant beings of heavenly abode). Although he was the king of the devas,
nonetheless, he ruled the earth and had acquired splendid glory. The danavas
(demons), the sworn enemies of the devas
since time immemorial, neither liked Sakka nor his growing glories. So,
one day they invaded the celestial empire with a large army to usurp
power. Sakka boarding his golden chariot drawn by the thousand horses put
a stiff resistance with his army of devas.
But the devas almost lost the battle and began to retreat. When Matali,
the charioteer of Sakka noticed the flight of the deva army from the
battle-field, he, too, turned his chariot back and flew in the air. When
the chariot was going high, Sakka noticed some eagle-nests on some tall
trees, which were likely to be hit by the chariot. Further, any change in
the direction would have meant his captivity in the hands of the demons.
So, the compassionate king of the devas,
in order to save the young ones of the eagles ordered his charioteer to
turn back to fight the demons. So, he gave a mighty battle-cry and
brandished his weapon to strike at the tailing enemies. When the demons
saw the king of the devas turning about and ready to fight they fled as they thought
that the valiant king, true to his chivalrous reputation had resorted to
some fresh battle-strategy with some fresh reinforcements.
Soon the devas regained their kingdom; and the young ones of the eagles also survived.
Sakka descending to help Guttila, the great musician of Varanasi at the concert Sakka was there poised in the air to help the guru-musician
Jataka, Jataka Mala 11. See
Jataka No. 243. (See Sakka’s queries on Nibbana Samyutta
Nikaya 1.201 & 4.269)
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