"What was the evil,"--This story the Master whilst living at Jetavana told concerning an unruly Brother. The incident that led to the story will be found in the Mahamittavinda Birth.
"Now this Mittavindaka, when cast into the sea, showed himself very covetous, and going on to still greater excess came to the place of torment inhabited by beings doomed to hell. And he made his way into the Ussada hell, taking it to be a city, and there he got a wheel as sharp as a razor fixed upon his head. Then the Bodhisattva in the shape of a god went on a mission to Ussada. On seeing him, Mittavindaka repeated the first stanza in the form of a question:--
"'What was the evil wrought by me,
"The Bodhisattva, on hearing this, uttered the second stanza:
"'Forsaking homes of joy and bliss,
"Then Mittavindaka replied in a third stanza:
"'"Far fuller joys I there shall gain
"The Bodhisattva then repeated the remaining stanzas:
"'From four to eight, to sixteen thence, and so
"But while Mittavindaka was still speaking, the wheel fell upon him and crushed him, so that he could say no more. But the divine being returned straight to his celestial abode."
The Master, his lesson ended, identified the Birth: "At that time the unruly Brother was Mittavindaka, and I myself was the divine being."