Devadatta was Buddha's first
cousin, and was always jealous of him.
Buddha had left his home in
Kapilavatthu as a young prince. When he
became enlightened, he traveled far and wide
spreading his teachings. When Buddha
visited his home at Kapilavatthu , the
Sakyans joined him because they liked
what he taught. His jealous cousin, Devadatta,
also joined Buddha. He learnt
many things from Buddha, and
got some magical powers too. But, he always was
jealous of Buddha and the way
people liked him.
Devadatta was cunning. Once he visited the crown
prince of Magadha janpada , Ajatsattu,
and showed him his magical powers. Ajatsattu was
impressed and started to help him. When
Devadatta came back to Kapilavatthu ,
he spread the word around that he was better
than Buddha. But everybody
loved Buddha. Devadatta got mad
at the people because they did not support him.
Devadatta went back to Magadha and told
Ajatsattu to kill his own brother, Bimbisara,
and grab the throne. Devadatta wanted Bimbisara
killed because he supported Buddha.
Devadutta also hired sixteen archers to kill
Buddha. But the archers became
Buddha's followers when they heard him speak,
because he was so nice and pure.
The cunning Devadatta then hurled a huge rock
from a mountain when Buddha was
walking down the slope. But, magically, two huge
rocks came in the way and stopped the hurled
rock. Devadatta could not believe what he saw!
Devadatta then got a rogue elephant and set it
among the people. Everybody screamed and ran
away. Buddha calmly kept
walking towards the elephant. When the elephant
was about to trample a little baby on the
street, Buddha touched the
elephant on its forehead, which at once cooled
down the elephant. The wild animal bowed before
Buddha in respect.
People came to know how cunning and mean
Devadatta had been. They all ran him out of
Jealousy makes people blind. They have to pay
the price, as Devadatta did in the end.