"Striped of all the joys of life,"--This story the Master, while dwelling at Jetavana, told concerning a councillor who was guilty of misconduct in the harem of the king of Kosala. The incident that gave rise to the story has been given in full before.
"Here too the Bodhisattva became king in Benares. The wicked councillor called in the king of Kosala and got him to seize upon the kingdom of Kasi, and to throw the Bodhisattva into prison. The king of Benares developed ecstatic meditation and sat cross-legged in the air. A fierce heat sprang up in the body of the marauding king, and he drew nigh to the king of Benares and repeated the first stanza:
"'Striped of all the joys of life,
"On hearing him the Bodhisattva recited these verses:--
"'Pleasures soon make haste to leave us,
Thus now did the Great Being expound the Truth to the usurper king, and bringing his conduct to the test, repeated these stanzas:--
"'The idle sensual layman I detest,
"'A bad king will a case unheard decide;
"'The warrior prince a well-weighed verdict gives,
"The king of Kosala having thus gained the forgiveness of the Bodhisattva and given him back his kingdom, departed to his own country."
The Master, having ended his discourse, thus identified the Birth: "At that time Ananda was the king of Kosala, and I myself was the king of Benares."