A Queen's quarrel


by Ven Dikwelle Mahinda.

While the supreme Buddha was residing at Savatthi in the monastery of Anàthapindika, there lived a garland maker. He had a beautiful daughter who was sixteen years of age. Once she went to her father's flower-garden with few other girls taking with her three pieces of rice -cakes in her flower basket. As she was leaving the down she saw the Blessed One entering it with his retinue of Bhikkhus. When she met the supreme Buddha she offered him the three pieces of rice-cake. The Blessed One accepted them. Then she worshipped the supreme Buddha and stood on one side. The Enlightened One smiled.

At that moment the Venerable ânanda wondered why the supreme Buddha smiled and asked him for reason. The Blessed One replied " ânanda this girl will today , become the chief queen of Kosala as a result of the offering she made" The girl went to the flower-garden and spent the time singing and picking flowers.

In the Kosala country there lived a great king whose name was Màhà Kosala. He had two children. One of them was a prince, Pasenadi Kosala by name, the other was a princess called Kosala Devi. When the latter grew up the king Bimbisara married her. The king Maha Kosala (father of Kosala Devi) while giving his daughter to king Bimbisara allotted her village in Kàsi as dowry.

The king Bimbisara and Kosala Devi also had a son, Ajàtasattu by name. In course of time,

the prince Ajàtasattu killed his father and became king. When king Pasenadi Kosala heard of this incident he became full of anger and prevented Ajàtasattu from possessing the village gifted by his father. He set out with large army to fight Ajàtasattu but being defeated mounted his horse and fled. When he reached the border of the flower-garden he heard the sound of singing and fascinated by it rode into the garden.

The girl's merit was ripe. When she saw the king she stayed where she was without running away. The king drew near her and inquired whether she was married. Learning that she was not married he dismounted from his horse. Then he made her mount his horse and took her to his horse and took her to his palace . Later she was sent home.

In the evening he sent a chariot to home to fetch her with great pomp and honour and made her his chief queen-consort. Thenceforth she became the dear beloved and devoted queen of the king. She came to be known as Kosala Mallika because she was the chief queen-consort of the king.

One day in the headroom, there arose a dispute between her and the king, it was what people normally call "Harem Quarrel ". The king became angry with her and would not even look at her. he ignored her entirely.

At this time she remembered the Supreme Buddha and thought: The Enlightened One dose not know that the king is angry with me. But the supreme Buddha knew all about it and

decided to go there to make peace between them.

So early in the morning he sent out with his disciples to the king's palace. The king came to meet him and conducted the monks to the palace. There he made them the choicest food.

But the supreme Buddha covered the bowl with his hand end inquired " where is the queen ? What have to do with her, reverend sir?. Her head is turned by honour and she is intoxicated with pride" Sire, said the Buddha " After you yourself have bestowed this honour on her it is wrong of you now to discard her hand not forgive her for any offence she may have committed against you.

The king listened to the words of the supreme Buddha and sent a word to the queen. She came immediately and attended on the supreme Buddha and his disciples. After the alms the sat down on one side and the Blessed One advised them saying " You ought to live

together in peace" and extolling the virtue of concord the supreme Buddha left the palace.

At the end of this short sermon she was overjoyed and spoke to the Blessed One as follows: "Now in this royal palace , Reverend Sir, there are maidens of various castes and I rule over them . From this day I will not be angry with others who abuse me: I will bestow the ten kinds of alms to monks and Brahmins and I will not be envious of the gains, honour, respect that come to others. They lived happily thereafter.