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Buddhist Dictionary of Pali Proper Names by G P Malalasekera
Dasannaka Jātaka:Once the Bodhisatta was born as Senaka,a brahmin,counsellor to King Maddava of Benares.Maddava,seeing that his chaplain’s son was yearning for his chief queen,gave her to him for a week.But at the end of the week the queen ran away with the youth and the king became ill with longing for her.Senaka thereupon arranged for a festival,in the course of which the king was shown a man swallowing a sword.The king then asked his counsellors,Ayura,Pukkusa and Senaka,if anything could be harder to do than that.They,in turn,replied that to promise a gift,to make it,and having made it,not to regret it,these acts were,in increasing degrees,far harder than swallowing a sword made in Dasanna.The king,grasping the purport of their answers,regained his self-composure.

The story was told in reference to a monk who was tempted by his former wife.

The king was identified with the monk,Ayura with Moggallāna,and Pukkusa with Sāriputta (J.iii.336-41).

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