How a vain woman was reborn as a dung-worm
|The Bodhisatta = The Buddha-to-be.|
A young Brahmin of the city of Potali entered the park, and seeing the Bodhisatta, he greeted him and sat down. The Bodhisatta began to talk pleasantly with him.
"I do not know the king, young man," replied the Bodhisatta, "but if he were to come and ask me, I would tell him the place where she has now come into the flesh again [been reborn], and cause her to speak for herself."
|The Wheel of Rebirth (samsara) showing various planes of existence: Bhava-chakra of Yama, the kind judge of the dead, holding Wheel of Life, and a buddha pointing the way out.|
|Dung beetle larva are worms (shutterstock)|
|Worms become beetles living in dung.|
|Husband and wife worms rolling lumps of dung|
|Who was I, what did I think and do (karma)?|
Once with great King Assaka, who was my husband dear,
Loving and beloved, I strolled about this garden here.
But new sorrows and new joys have made the old ones flee.
Now far dearer than King Assaka is my worm to me.
|Who Ordered This Truckload of Dung? (Brahm)|
- Source: The Jataka; or, Stories of the Buddha's Former Births edited by E. B. Cowell, Vol. 2, (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1895), No. 207, pp. 108-110. Translated from the Pali by W. H. D. Rouse. Further translated by Wisdom Quarterly, Dec. 1, 2017.