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Ghata - The Virtuous King
Once there was Bodhisatta who was born in Varanasi as the
son of the king Brahmadatta with the name Ghata.
As he was educated in Taxila he gathered the knowledge of
arts and also the like subjects useful to any ruler.
When he became the king he ruled his kingdom
One day, when he entered his kingdom, he saw his
minister misbehaving with the queen.
The king punished him by dismissing him from his
The unhappy man then went to Savatthi and
entered into the assistance of King Vanka. Soon
he won the king's heart by opening the military secrets
of the Varanasi kingdom and activated him to
The military forces of Savatthi attacked Varanasi. And
in spite, the tough challenge put by the army,
King Ghata lost the battle. Then, he was captured and
was bought up and thrown into the prison.
When he entered the prison he sat down and
started doing meditation.
During that time, the King Vanka felt
burning heat in his palace; so, he moved near the prison. There, he saw Ghata
cross-legged in the air and took a great relief and
was meditating. His face
was bright and looked like a fully bloomed
flower. The king was interested to know why Ghata
neither looked sad; nor scared even though he
in an enemy’s prison.
So, he asked him,
"When others weep and shout, and mark their face
Ghata! how do you have the smiling face with no
"To be sad to change the sadness of the past is
Vanka! Why should I then complain. As the act of
the pain, shall have no effect to the future. So
why should I allow it to come up?"
Vanka was impressed through the words of the
prisoner and gave him his kingdom back again. But Ghata
handed it over to his ministers for the
caring rule and settled to the Himalayas to live
a pleasant life.