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Assaka Jātaka (No.207)

King of Potali in the kingdom of Kāsi. His queen consort Ubbarī was very dear to him, and when she died he was plunged into grief. He put her corpse in a coffin, placed it under his bed and lay thereon, starving for seven days. The Bodhisatta was then an ascetic in the Himavā, and just at this time he visited Potali. There, in the royal park, the king came to see him because he was told that the ascetic would show him Ubbarī. The Bodhisatta showed him Ubbarī now reborn as a dung-worm in the park, because, being intoxicated with her own beauty, she had done no good deeds. Seeing the king incredulous, the ascetic made her speak, and she declared that she cared much more for the dung-worm, who was now her mate, than for Assaka who had been her husband in her previous life. Assaka went back to the palace, had the body disposed of, married another queen and lived righteously. J.ii.155‑8.


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