The Price Of Sin – A Zen Buddhist Spiritual Story

The Bodhisattva was once born as a great archer. Later he became an ascetic and came to be known as Sarabhanga. Sarabhanga had many disciples and he sent them to various places to preach the importance of leading a virtuous life.

But unfortunately, they were often ill-treated.

Once Kisavaccha, his chief follower was abused by King Dandaki of Kumbhavati. Kisavaccha was heartbroken and went back to his home near River Godavari where he breathed his last. Such was his piety that during his funeral, the Gods showered flowers on his pyre as a mark of respect.

The kingdom of Kumbhavati together with King Dandaki soon perished as a punishment for ill-treating Kisavaccha and abetting his death. When the kings of neighbouring states came to know about this, they felt scared. Many of them atoned for their past sins and started living a virtuous life.

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