Once an ascetic named Nārada, younger brother of Asita Devala (Kāḷadevala), became a disciple of the Bodhisatta Jotipāla (also called in the story Sarabhaṅga), and lived in the mountainous country of Arañjara. Near Nārada’s hermitage was a river, on the banks of which courtesans used to sit, tempting men. Nārada saw one of these courtesans, and becoming enamoured of her, forsook his meditations and pined away for lack of food. Kāḷadevala, being aware of this, tried to wean him from his desires. Nārada, however, refused to be comforted, even when his colleagues, Sālissara, Mendissara and Pabbatissara admonished him. In the end Sarabhaṅga himself was summoned and Nārada, having listened to the words of his Master, was persuaded to give up his passion.
The story was told in reference to a backsliding monk. He went about for alms with his teachers and instructors but, being their junior, he received very little attention. Dissatisfied with his food and treatment, he sought his wife of former days. She provided him with every comfort and gradually tempted him with the desire to become a householder again. When the monk’s fellow-
The Buddha is stated on this occasion to have taught also the Kaṇḍina Jātaka (J.i.153 ﬀ), the Rādha Jātaka (J.i.495 ﬀ), the Ruhaka Jātaka (J.ii.113 ﬀ), the Kaṇavera Jātaka (J.iii.58 ﬀ), the Āsaṅka Jātaka (J.iii.248 ﬀ) and the Alambusā Jātaka (J.v.152 ﬀ).
See also the Sarabhaṅga Jātaka.