At the end of that night, in the early morning,
the charioteer yoked the chariot and let it remain at the gate.
He came to queen Candadeví and said,
‘O queen, be not angry with me. I just follow the king’s command.’
Then he carried the prince and came down from the palace.
The queen lamented with a loud cry and collapsed.
Then the Bodhisatta looked at his mother and thought,
‘When I do not speak she will die because of her sorrow,
and thus, I would like to speak.’
But he refrained from speaking with the thought,
‘If I speak, my efforts of sixteen years will have become fruitless.
But if I do not speak, it will be to the benefit of myself and my parents.’
Then the charioteer lifted him into the chariot,
and it went a distance of three leagues
and there the end of a forest appeared to the charioteer as if it were a
He thought that it was a suitable place and turning the chariot
he stopped it by the roadside.
He took off all the Bodhisatta’s ornaments and laid them down.
Thereupon he took a spade and began to dig a hole not far from there.
When the charioteer Sunanda was digging the hole,
the Bodhisatta thought, ‘This is my time for effort.’
He rose up, rubbed his hands and feet and he thought that he still had strength.
He thought that he could come down from the chariot, and so he did.
He walked backwards and forwards several times
and thought that he had the strength to go even a hundred leagues.
He seized the back of the chariot and lifted it up as if it were a toy-cart for
He reflected, ‘If the charioteer would want to harm me,
I have enough strength to defend myself.’.......”
We then read that the Bodhisatta taught the Dhamma to the charioteer, saying.
“You are dependent on me, the son of the king.
If you bury me in the forest, you will commit evil.
It is as if a person who sits or lies in the shade of a tree
will not break the branches.
Because someone who harms his friend is an evil person.
The king is like the tree, I am like the branch,
and you, charioteer, are like the traveller who sits in its shade.
If you bury me in the forest, you commit an evil deed.”
We read further on that when the charioteer heard this, he implored the
Bodhisatta to return, because he knew that he was not dumb. The Bodhisatta
explained the reason why he did not want to return, and he spoke about his
inclination to become a recluse. He explained about his past lives and his fear of
the danger of hell. When the charioteer had listened to the Bodhisatta’s teaching
of Dhamma, he wanted to apply it and also become a recluse. Thereupon the
“O, charioteer, take the chariot back and return after you have paid your
because a recluse should not have debts,
as is the exhortation of all hermits.”
Then he sent the charioteer back to the king. The charioteer took the chariot and
the ornaments, went to visit the king and informed him of what had happened. The
king departed from the city together with his fourfold army, the wetnurses, the
citizens and the villagers, in order to visit the Bodhisatta.
- We need firm determination
- Conduct of Wise Temiya I
- Conduct of Wise Temiya II
- Conduct of Wise Temiya III
- Conduct of Wise Temiya IV
- Conduct of Wise Temiya V
- Steadfast in one’s determination
- Four firm foundations
- If he were to hear
- Eight qualifications I
- Eight qualifications II
- Steadfastness in relinquishment
- Steadfastness in calm and panna