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The Story of Sutasoma
Once, there was a Bodhisatta who was born as a prince.
He was born in the
royal house of the Kurus in Indraprastha. His face was like moon.
That is why, he was called as Sutasoma. Good
learning, humanity, kindness, humility and
so on were his some of the virtues for which he was
as the inheritor-evident.
Once it was a stunning spring day when he visited the
royal garden with his wives and maids. There the
women charmed him with their charming songs,
music, dances and loving and playful
motions. During that time a recluse named
Nanda came to the spot. The prince welcomed him
with the owed respect and offered him a place
to sit and provide some religious sermon.
However, in the middle of the sermon a
violent cannibal known as Kalmasapadasa attacked the
garden and kidnapped the prince. The cannibal was
under a promise to sacrifice one hundred princes to
please a goblin, who was his patron.
Further, before attacking Sutasoma he had
already held one hundred princes as prisoner for
Though arrested, Sutasoma was not frightened. He
was rather apologetic for not having presented
any gift to the recluse whose sermons he had enjoyed so much.
Worried with those thoughts:
his eyes filled with tears. When the horrible
being saw tears in his eyes, he thought that the
prince was scared. So, he laughed aloud and
remarked, “Why do you regret, O Prince! Is it
not that you are frightened of the death ?” The
prince said, “No, I am not scared of the death.
I am sad because I just lost an opportunity to
hear the complete sermon of the honored ascetic
and to offer him some gifts. Will you,
therefore, allow me to visit the palace for a
little-while?” Kalmasapadasa did not trust the
prince’s declaration, yet he allowed him to
fulfill his last wish.
The prince was true for whatever he declared. He gave
handsome gifts to the ascetic and took his wise
lessons and returned to the cannibal again after
Upon his return the man-eater was surprised and
said, “You are true to your words but you
“No, you are wrong. On opposing, I am better
skilled in political perception because I know that
resorting to such artfulness eventually leads to
the fall of a man from the righteousness and
constant delight; and leads to all types of
suffering. I am now ready for death”, said the
king in his serenity.
Deeply Impressed by the prince’s sense of the
righteousness the cannibal said, “I am pleased
with you. You can ask for some advantage from me.”
The prince laughed in reply and said, “what
you can present on others? You are yourself a
slave of Passion and shackle by animal-like evil
karmas. Your righteousness is destroyed every
moment. So, how can you show any good deed to any
one ? It is now time for you to satisfy your
cannibalistic craze by killing me.”
Though born of a lioness, Kalmasapadasa was a
son of a man, who was rather a presumed virtuous
king known as Sudasa. So, these words of the
prince made him feel ashamed; and opened his
eyes. The man in him was, thus, awaken. And he
finally vowed to direct a virtuous life. So, he
freed all the captive princes and became a
disciple of Sutasoma.
Later, Sutasoma helped Kalmasapadasa get back his
kingdom, which he ruled officially before than