Title- The Eight Great Victories: {3} The Great Victory Over Cincamanavika


 

Cincamanavika was a female disciple of the heretics who lived in Savatthi. She was a graceful lady with fair complexion. Moreover she was full of cunning.

 

 

 

When the Buddha appeared in the world, the influence and material gains of the heretics declined as the light of a firefly becomes insignificant under the sunlight. So they conspired to bring disgrace to the Buddha, and used Cincamanavika as a decoy to defame Him.

 

 

 

By the time people came back from Jetavana monastery, after listening to Buddha’s teachings, Cincamanavika, holding flowers and fragrant essence, pretended to go to the monastery. When others asked her, she gave a mischievous answer to cause miscomprehension, saying, “Does it matter to you wherever I go?”

 

 

 

She spent the night at a heretic’s quarter near Jetavana monastery and returned to the city early in the next morning as if she returned from Jetavana monastery after spending the night there. Some people who went to the monastery early in the morning to pay obeisance to the Buddha asked her where she had come from. She gave the same enigmatic answer. In this way, Cincamanavika kept on pretending for over a month. Then she said that she returned from the fragrant chamber of the Buddha after staying with Him for the night. And three or four months later, she wrapped her belly with rough cloth and covered it with her outer garment so that she looked like a pregnant woman. She told the people whom she met in the city that she lived together with Gotama and became pregnant.

 

 

 

After eight or nine months, she fastened a curved wooden block in her belly so that she appeared to be in her late pregnancy. She beat her insteps with the jaw bone of an ox so that they might get swollen.

 

 

 

One day, while the Buddha was giving a discourse, she stood in front of the throne and charged the Buddha with irresponsibility for failing to look after her and to make preparations for her to give birth her child conveniently. The Buddha, then, stopped His discourse and replied calmly: “Well, Cincamanavika only you and I know the truth of your words”.

 

 

 

“Yes, ascetic, because of the affair that only you and I know, I have become pregnant”, said Cincamanavika.

 

 

 

In that moment, due to the power of the Buddha’s Perfections, a strong wind lifted her garment upwards exposing the wooden block, which was unwrapped instantly, and it fell down onto her insteps, cutting her toes. When the people drove her out of the monastery, she was swallowed up by a fissure appearing in the earth.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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