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The Temptation of Isisanga
Once there was a young man who lived in an
well-educated family. He was well-experienced in various
arts and crafts. Still, he did not live a life of
a house-holder as he wanted to become an
ascetic. So, he construct a hermitage on the bank of
the river Ganga in the Himalaya and lived there
One day, there came a doe who drank water in the place where
the ascetic had just taken bath. The water there
was mingled with the ascetic’s semen. So, as
soon as she drank the water she form
the ascetic’s baby. The ascetic soon noticed the
changes taking place in the doe’s body, and came
what had happened to her. So, he took care of
her properly. As the time passed away, the doe
delivered a male baby, who was named as Isisanga.
The sage brought him up with fatherly love
and when the boy was young enough to learn he
taught him spiritual practices, too. The boy was
very interested. Soon he proved his excellence in
meditation and other spiritual activity.
Realizing his capability and ability the
sage warned him by saying,
Himalayan region the women are as fair as
But they may be destructive if you fall in
After conveying these instructions the ascetic
On the spot, Isisanga became an keen ascetic and
perfected the most difficult forfeit and
intelligence, which shook the Sakka’s residence.
Shaken and frightened by the practices of the
young man, Sakka sent the most gorgeous heavenly nymph to the young ascetic
to attract him. Her name was Alambusa. Though a
issue of the heavenly king, she begged release from carrying out such an order as she
considered it to be a terrible act. Yet,
by her lord, she arrived on the earth with all
her beauty and enthusiasm to attract Isisanga.
She made a sudden arrival before
him when he was walking to the river to have his
holy bath. Impressed by such a heavenly beauty and
attracted by her style he forgot everything but
to remember to sing every word of praise for her
voluptuous looks right from her hair to her
feet. Knowing that she was just about to succeed
in her mission, she did not waste a single
moment and invited him to follow her by her
loving glimpse. She then entered his cottage.
The young ascetic, forgetful of all his vows,
followed her inside and fall into her cuddle.
The doe drinking the water where Isisanga had
taken a holy dip.
When the ascetic could awake from her cuddle,
three years had passed; and all his spiritual
achievements had misplaced. Thus, realizing his
severe losses he started crying. The kind
nymph then exposed her mission with an guilt and
said sorry to him
and shared his sorrow. The ascetic wore no
cruelty against her and pardoned her.
After the finish of her mission, she get on
the golden chariot and flew back to her heavenly
abode. When applaud and celebrated by Sakka
for having skilled her task so
thoroughly, she was not pleased to the
surprise of the lord of the devas. Further, when
Sakka offered her to ask for any bonus she said,
"O Lord of Heaven!
If thou desire any boon to confer
Then never ask me to make any saint break up his vow."