of the Bodhisatta [Chapter
upon a time in the city of Mithila, there was a king who had two
sons. The older one was named Badfruit, and his younger brother
was called Poorfruit.
they were still fairly young, the king made his older son the crown
prince. He was second in command and next in line to the throne.
Prince Poorfruit became commander of the army.
the old king died and Prince Badfruit became the new king. Then
his brother became crown prince.
long, a certain servant took a disliking to Crown Prince Poorfruit.
He went to King Badfruit and told a lie that his brother
was planning to kill him. At first the king did not believe him.
But after the servant kept repeating the lie, the king became frightened.
So he had Prince Poorfruit put in chains and locked up in the palace
prince thought, "I am a righteous man who does not deserve
these chains. I never wanted to kill my brother. I wasnt even
angry at him. So now I call on the power of Truth. If what I say
is true, may these chains fall off and the dungeon doors be opened!"
Miraculously the chains broke in pieces, the door opened, and the
prince fled to an outlying village. The people there recognised
him. Since they respected him they helped him, and the king was
unable to capture him.
though he lived in hiding, the crown prince became the master of
the entire remote region. In time he raised a large army. He thought,
"Although I was not an enemy to my brother at first, I must
be an enemy to him now." So he took his army and surrounded
the city of Mithila.
sent a message to King Badfruit "I was not your enemy,
but you have made me so. Therefore I have come to wage war against
you. I give you a choice either give me your crown and kingdom,
or come out and fight." Hearing of this, most of the city people
went out and joined the prince.
Badfruit decided to wage war. He would do anything to keep his power.
Before going out with his army, he went to say good-bye to his number
one queen. She was expecting a baby very soon. He said to her "My
love, no one knows who will win this war. Therefore, if I die you
must protect the child inside you." Then he bravely went off
to war and was quickly killed by the soldiers of his enemy brother.
news of the kings death spread through the city. The queen
disguised herself as a poor dirty homeless person. She put on old
rags for clothes and smeared dirt on herself. She put some of the
kings gold and her own most precious jewellery into a basket.
She covered these with dirty rice that no one would want to steal.
Then she left the city by the northern gate. Since she had always
lived inside the city, the queen had no idea where to go from there.
She had heard of a city called Campa. She sat down at the side of
the road and began asking if anyone was going to Campa.
just so happened that the one who was about to be born was no ordinary
baby. This was not his first life or his first birth. Millions of
years before, he had been a follower of a long-forgotten teaching
"Buddha" a fully "Enlightened One". He
had wished with all his heart to become a Buddha just like his beloved
was reborn in many lives sometimes as poor animals, sometimes
as long-living gods and sometimes as human beings. He always tried
to learn from his mistakes and develop the "Ten Perfections".
This was so he could purify his mind and remove the three root causes
of unwholesomeness the poisons of craving, anger and the
delusion of a separate self. By using the perfections, he would
some day be able to replace the poisons with the three purities
non-attachment, loving-kindness and wisdom.
"Great Being" had been a humble follower of the forgotten
Buddha. His goal was to gain the same enlightenment of a Buddha
the experience of complete Truth. So people call him "Bodhisatta",
which mans "Enlightenment Being". No one really knows
about the millions of lives lived by this great hero. But many stories
have been told including this one about a pregnant queen
who was about to give birth to him. After many more rebirths, he
became the Buddha who is remembered and loved in the entire world
the time of our story, the Enlightenment Being had already achieved
the Ten Perfections. So the glory of his coming birth caused a trembling
in all the heaven worlds, including the Heaven of 33 ruled by King
Sakka. When he felt the trembling, being a god he knew it was caused
by the unborn babe inside the disguised Queen of Mithila. And he
knew this must be a being of great merit, so he decided to go and
Sakka made a covered carriage with a bed in it, and appeared at
the roadside in front of the pregnant queen. He looked just like
an ordinary old man. He called out, "Does anyone need a ride
to Campa?" The homeless queen answered, "I wish to go
there, kind sir." "Come with me then", the old man
the birth was not far off, the pregnant queen was quite large. She
said, "I cannot climb up into your carriage. Simply carry my
basket and I will walk behind." The old man, the king of the
gods, replied, "Never mind! Never Mind! I am the cleverest
driver around. So dont worry. Just step into my cart!"
and behold, as she lifted her foot, King Sakka magically caused
the ground under her to rise up! So she easily stepped down into
the carriage. Immediately she knew this must be a god, and fell
drove the cart until he came to a river. Then he awakened the lady
and said, "Wake up, daughter, and bathe in this river. Dress
yourself in this fine clothing I have brought you. Then eat a packet
of rice." She obeyed him, and then lay down and slept some
the evening she awoke and saw tall houses and walls. She asked,
"What is this city, father?" He said, "This is Campa."
King Sakka replied, "I took a short cut. Now that we are at
the southern gate of the city, you may safely enter. I must go on
to my own far-off village." So they parted and Sakka disappeared
in the distance, returning to his heaven world.
queen entered the city and sat down at an inn. There happened to
be a wise man living in Campa. He recited spells and gave advice
to help people who were sick or unfortunate. While on his way to
bathe in the river with 500 followers, he saw the beautiful queen
from a distance. The great goodness of the unborn one within gave
her a soft warm glow, which only the wise man noticed. At once he
felt a kind and gentle liking for her, just as if where were his
own youngest sister. So he left his followers outside and went into
asked her, "Sister, what village are you from?" She replied,
"I am the number one queen of King Badfruit of Mithila."
asked, "Then why did you come here?" "My husband
was killed by the army of his brother, Prince Poorfruit," she
said. "I was afraid , so I ran away to protect the unborn one
within me." The wise man asked, "Do you have any relatives
in this city?" She said, "No sir." Then he said,
"Dont worry at all. I was born in a rich family and I myself
am rich. I will care for you just as I would for my own young sister.
Now you must call me brother and grab hold of my feet and cry out."
she did this, the followers came inside. The wise man explained
to them that she was his long lost youngest sister. He told his
closest followers to take her to his home in a covered cart. He
told them to tell his wife that this was his sister, who was to
be cared for.
did exactly as he had said. The wife welcomed her, gave her a hot
bath, and made her rest in bed.
bathing in the river the wise man returned home. At dinnertime he
asked his sister to join them. After dinner he invited her to stay
in his home.
only a few days the queen gave birth to a wonderful little baby
boy. She named him fruitful. She told the wise man this was the
name of the boys grandfather, who had one been King of Mithila.