The story of Kusa (q.v.). It was told in
reference to a backsliding monk who fell in love with a woman in Sāvatthi,
neglected all his duties and refused food. He was taken to the Buddha, who
related this story to show how even mighty men may lose their power and come to
misery through love of a woman. (J.v.278ff; the story is also given in
Mtu.iii.1ff; ii.441f; the details differ, as do some of the names, from the Pāli
The story bears much resemblance to that
of Anitthigandha (q.v.). See also Sammillabhāsinī.