Once the Bodhisatta was born as Junha, son of Brahmadatta, king of Benares.
He studied in Takkasilā and, on one occasion,
while walking in the dark, he ran up against a brahmin, knocking him down and
breaking his bowl. Junha raised the brahmin to his feet and, on being asked for
the price of a meal, told the brahmin who he was. He had no money with him, but
requested the brahmin to remind him of the circumstance when he should become
In due time Junha was anointed, and the brahmin stood one day by the road
when the king was passing on his elephant. The brahmin stretched out his hand,
crying, "Victory to the king." Junha took no notice, so the brahmin uttered a
stanza to the effect that a king should not neglect a brahmin's request. Junha
then turned back, and the man explained who he was, asking Junha for five
villages, one hundred slave girls, one thousand ornaments and two wives, all of
which Junha gave him.
The story was related in reference to the eight boons granted by the Buddha
to Ananda when the latter became his constant
attendant. Ananda is identified with the brahmin (J.iv.95-100).
See also the Nānacchanda Jātaka.