Feast in the Palace [Chapter
Finally they arrived at Takkasila. The she-devil made her 'son'
disappear and followed alone.
the city gate the prince stopped and went into a rest house. Because
of the magic power of the charmed sand and string he had gotten
from the Silent Buddhas, the she-devil was not able to follow him
inside. She stayed outside and made herself look as beautiful as
King of Takkasila happened to see her as he was going to his pleasure
garden. Overwhelmed by her beauty, he decided he must have her.
He sent a servant to ask if she was married. When he did so, she
replied, "Yes, my husband is inside this rest house."
this, the prince called out from within, "She is not my wife.
She is a devil. She killed the five men who followed me and ate
them while their blood was still hot!" And once again she said,
"See how it is, sir, anger can make husbands call their own
wives devils and hungry ghosts! Such is the way of the world."
servant returned to the king and told him what both had said. To
which the king replied, 'Unowned goods belong to the king."
So he sent for the she-devil and seated her on a royal elephant.
After the procession returned to the palace, he made her his number
evening the king had a shampoo and bath, ate his supper, and went
to bed. The demon had her supper, made herself look even more beautiful
than before and followed the king to his bed. After pleasing him,
she turned on her side and began to weep.
king asked, "Why are you crying, my sweetheart?" "My
lord," said she, "you picked me up from the roadside.
In this palace there are many jealous women. They will say, 'She
has no mother or father, no family or country. She was found on
the side of the road.' Don't let them make fun of me like that,
my lord. Give me power over the whole kingdom so none will dare
lovely," replied the king, "I have no such power over
the whole kingdom. My authority is only over those who revolt or
break the law." But since he was so pleased by her physical
charms, the king continued, "My sweetheart, I will grant you
complete authority over all who dwell within my palace."
with this, the new queen waited until the king was asleep. Then
she secretly ran off to her home in the city of devils. She gathered
together the she-devils, he-devils, and even the hungry little children-devils.
Then she took them all back to the palace. She killed her new husband,
the king, and gobbled him up all except his bones! The other
devils ate all the rest who lived in the palace even the
dogs and chickens! Only bones were left behind.
next morning the people found the palace doors locked. Worried,
they broke through the windows with axes, went inside, and found
human and animal bones scattered around. Only then did they realize
that the man in the rest house was right, that the king's new queen
was a flesh-eating devil.
the Enlightenment Being had protected himself from the murderous
she-devil during the night. He had spread the charmed sand on the
roof of the rest house and wound the charmed string around the outside
walls. At dawn he was still awake inside, standing alertly with
sword in hand.
cleaning up the mess in the palace the citizens discussed the situation
among themselves. They said, "The man in the rest house must
be master of his senses, since he did not even look at the she-devil's
dangerous beauty. If such a noble, determined and wise man were
ruling our country, we all would prosper. Let us make him our new
unanimous agreement they went to the rest house and invited the
prince to be their king. When he accepted, they escorted him to
the palace, seated him on a pile of jewels, and crowned him king.
ruled righteously, following the ten rules of good government. He
avoided the four ways of going astray prejudice anger, fearfulness
and foolishness. And he always remembered the advice of the Silent
Buddhas, that had led him to the kingship. Unlike his five unfortunate
followers, he had resisted the blind desire for the pleasures of
the five senses. Only then could he benefit all his subjects with
his wise rule.
moral is: Living only for pleasures of their
senses, fools are devoured.