Asātamanta Jātaka (No. 61)
The Bodhisatta was once a famous teacher in
Takkasīlā. A young brahmin of Benares came
to study under him and, after completing his course, went back home. His mother,
however, was anxious that he should renounce the world and tend Aggibhagavā in
the forest. She accordingly sent him back to the Teacher that he might learn the
"Asātamanta" (Dolour Text). The Teacher had a mother aged 120 years, on whom he
himself waited. When the youth came back to learn the Asātamanta, he was asked
to look after the old woman. She, falling in love with him, hatched a plot to
kill her son.
The Bodhisatta, having been told of this plot, made a wooden figure and
placed it in his bed. The mother, thinking to kill her son, struck it with an
axe, and discovering that she had been betrayed, fell down dead. The youth,
having thus learnt the Asātamanta, returned to his parents and became a hermit.
Kāpilānī was the mother in the story, Mahā Kassapa the father and Ananda the
This story, together with the Ummadantī
Jātaka, was related to a passion-tossed monk to warn him of the evil nature
of women. J. i.285-9.