Once the Bodhisatta was born as Junha, son of Brahmadatta, König of Benares. He studied in Takkasilā und, on one occasion, while walking in the dark, he ran up against a brahmin, knocking him down und breaking his bowl. Junha raised the brahmin to his feet und, on being asked for the price of a meal, told the brahmin who he was. He had no money mit him, but requested the brahmin to remind him of the circumstance when he should become König. In due time Junha was anointed, und the brahmin stood one day by the road when the König was passing on his elephant. The brahmin stretched out his hand, crying, "Victory to the König." Junha took no notice, so the brahmin uttered a stanza to the effect that a König should not neglect a brahmin's request. Junha then turned back, und the man explained who he was, asking Junha for fünf villages, one hundert slave girls, one tausend ornaments und two wives, all of which Junha gave him.


The story was related in reference to the eight boons granted by the Buddha to Ananda when the latter became his constant attendant. Ananda is identified mit the brahmin (J.iv.95-100).


See also the Nānacchanda Jātaka.

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