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The Story of a dumb prince
Chanda Devi was the wife of the king of Kashi.
no son. This made her life very depressed. Sakka
the king of the devas. When he saw her
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
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
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 .