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Soṇananda Jātaka (No.532)

Once when Manoja was king of Brahmavaḍḍhana (Bārāṇasī), the Bodhisatta was born as Soṇa, the son of a rich brahmin. He had a brother Nanda. When the boys grew up their parents wanted them to marry, but they refused, and declared their desire to become ascetics after the death of their parents. Then the parents suggested that they should all, at once, become ascetics; this they did, and lived in a pleasant grove in the Himavā. After some time, because Nanda brought unripe fruit for his parents in spite of Soṇa’s warning, Soṇa dismissed him. Nanda thereupon sought Manoja, and, with his magic power, helped him to win various kingdoms in Jambudīpa, bringing into subjection one hundred and one kings in seven years, seven months and seven days. All these kings Manoja brought to Brahmavaḍḍhana, where he caroused with them. Nanda spent his time in the Suvaṇṇaguhā in the Himavā, obtaining his alms from Uttarakuru. At the end of the seventh day Manoja looked for Nanda, who, reading his thoughts, appeared before him. Manoja wished to give some token of his gratitude, and Nanda asked that he should intercede for him with Soṇa and win for him Soṇa’s forgiveness. Together they went to Soṇa accompanied by a large retinue. Soṇa explained why he had forbidden Nanda, to look after their parents, and Nanda asked his forgiveness for having given his parents unripe fruit in his eagerness to wait on them. Soṇa forgave him, and they all lived together once more, while the kings returned to their countries, where they ruled wisely.

The occasion for the story is the same as that for the Suvaṇṇasāma Jātaka (q.v.), regarding a monk who supported his mother. Nanda is identified with Ānanda and Manoja with Sāriputta (J.v.312, p.332).

The story is also given in the Cariyāpiṭaka. Cyp.iii.v.

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