Cave No. 17

Identification: Schlingloff (1986, p. 305 f.).—

A brahman, named Bodhi, and his beautiful wife, lived in the seclusion of a forest, leading an ascetic life. Once, the king of the land came across them and started lusting after the brahman’s wife. After assurances that the brahman would not curse him, the king had the wife taken away to his palace. The king was surprised at the calm reaction of the brahman, as the latter advised him to rein his natural instincts. The brahman’s tranquillity had its effect, the king was filled with remorse and he returned the lady back to her husband and begged for his forgiveness.— The brahman ascetic Bodhi was none other than the Buddha in a former existence.

—Source: Singh 2019, 31-33; Schlingloff 2013, I, 159

Related Images: