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     The Story of a dumb prince


Chanda Devi was the wife of the king of Kashi. They had no son. This made her life very depressed. Sakka was the king of the devas. When he saw her depression he decided to help her because she was a righteous lady. So, he influenced the Bodhisatta, who was then born in the kingdom of the Tavatimsa.

The Bodhisatta then entered into the womb of the queen. When he was born, there was a heavy rain-fall in the city. As he was born wet he was called Temiya.

When Temiya was of one month old and was lying in his fatherís lap, he overheard the fatherís cruel sentence destined for some crooks. This made him remember one of his births when he was the king of Varanasi and ruled there for twenty years for which he suffered for twenty thousand years in the Ussada Niraya. So, he reviled the idea of being a king for the second time. As he was familiar with the idols of the higher world he received the advice from one of them to act as if he is dumb and lazy in order to keep away the birthright of the kingdom. He took the advice and accordingly imitated to be dumb and lazy for sixteen years.

Due to his pretence he was declared unfit as a prince or a future king and was eventually handed over to the royal charioteer Sunanda to be taken to the graveyard to be clubbed to death and buried there.

When Sunanda was digging the grave to dispose off the dead body, Temiya silently sneaked behind him and revealed his plan to him. Impressed by this, Sunanda too then wanted to be an ascetic like him. But Temiya asked him first to inform his location to the king and his mother; and then become an ascetic. The king, queen and others then soon arrived there. Temiya gave them a oration to praise the ethics of asceticism. All the people, including the king and the queen, were highly impressed by his oration and they too became ascetics. Soon, Temiya became famous all over the place, which made the citizens his followers who were living in the three kingdoms nearby to Varanasi .

 

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