9. Magandiya's Grudge
was such a beautiful girl that many wealthy men wanted to marry
her. Her Brahmin parents always turned down the suitors, finding none
of them good enough for her. Even when her parents found a suitable
man for their daughter she refused to agree, saying she would
marry nobody less than a king. Magandiya was determined to use
her beauty to marry well.
day, as the Buddha was surveying the world, he noticed that Magandiya's
parents were spiritually developed. All it needed was one statement
from him to open their eyes to truth. The Buddha went to the
place where the Brahmin was making fire sacrifice outside his
Magandiya's father saw the Buddha coming, he was moved with
wonder by his physical beauty, calmness and noble manner. There
could not be a better person to give his daughter to in marriage,
the Brahmin thought. "Don't go away, O monk," he
called out excitedly. "Wait here until I bring my daughter
to see you. You are an ideal partner for her, and she for you."
Buddha did not speak and remained silent. He did not stay either,
but stamped his footprint on the ground and went away. Very
pleased with what he thought would happen, the Brahmin rushed
home to tell his wife. "Dress her up quickly, dear,"
he said. "I have seen a man worthy of our daughter."
When the three of them came back to the spot, the Buddha was
nowhere to be seen. The only sign he was ever there was the
wife, who was familiar with signs, read the print and said, "I
don't think this is the print of one who would marry our daughter.
It belongs to a person who has given up worldly pleasures."
"You and your signs again," grumbled her husband.
"You see crocodiles in a water pot, and robbers in the
middle of the house. Look, there he is sitting under the tree.
Have you seen, my dear, anyone so marvelous? Come along, daughter.
This time your suitor is so perfect that you cannot complain."
family rushed over to the Buddha and the father called to him,
"Monk, I'm giving my daughter in marriage to you."
The Buddha turned down the offer, explaining that he had overcome
all his worldly pleasures. He told how he had given up household
life with all its enjoyment, and how he could not be tempted
by even the beautiful daughters of Mara. He said that however
beautiful the body may be, it is still full of impurities.
this, the Brahmin and his wife understood immediately that the
worldly life is miserable and not something to be attached to,
no matter how nice it may appear. Both of them attained anagami,
the third stage of sainthood.
proud Magandiya, who was not spiritually developed, could not
understand the real meaning of these words. She thought the
Buddha was insulting her beauty. "How could this monk insult
me when so many men have fallen for my beauty at first sight?
Even if he doesn't want to marry me, he shouldn't declare that
my body is full of dirt." Clenching her fists, she whispered
under her breath, "You just wait, O monk. When I marry
a husband who is powerful, I shall teach you a lesson."
Magandiya was married to the King of Udena. When she heard that
the Buddha had entered the city, her hatred of him rose again
and she bribed and instigated the people to insult the Buddha
and drive him away.
Ananda, who was with the Buddha, did not want to stay on and
endure the insults, but the Buddha advised him to practice tolerance
and patience. The Buddha said, "As an elephant in the battlefield
withstands the arrows shot from a bow, even so will I endure
abuse of irreligious people." The Buddha said that the
abusive talk would not last long, for such is the power of the
Buddha. They stayed on in Udena, and all the abuse ended shortly.