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there lived a hermit with his five hundred disciples in the Himalayan
mountains. He belonged to a wealthy brahmin family and had renounced the
worldly life because of his realisation of the transience of the worldly
day, the ascetic along with his followers visited Varanasi to beg for alms
and to spend the rainy season there. There, he and his followers were
extended the royal hospitality and served food and shelter in the royal
park. At the conclusion of the rainy season when the ascetic begged for
his leave from the king the latter requested him to stay there longer by
sending back all his followers. The ascetic accepted the royal invitation;
and entrusted the responsibility on his chief disciple for the care and
instructions of all his followers.
Back to the Himalaya, the chief disciple discharged his duty rather meticulously. Further, having thus spent there for several months, he one day came back to the royal park in Varanasi to pay homage to his guru. There, he apprised him of the activities of his followers in the Himalayas and sought necessary guidance for future course of action.
guru, however, read the mind of
the king. So, to appease the king he introduced the chief disciple and
revealed his earlier identity. He told the king that the disciple was the
monarch of a kingdom, which happened to be much mightier than the kingdom
of Varanasi. Further, the utterances of “great pleasure”, which he had
just made, were the expressions of the pleasure of the life of a recluse,
which he had never experience during the days of his sovereignty. The king
then realised his distrust in the chief disciple and felt ashamed and
guru was the Bodhisatta; and the
chief disciple was Bhaddiya).
Sukhavihari Jataka Jataka Pali No.10.
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