Kamatha’s second incarnation

Now, Kamatha, unappeased by the murder of Marubhuti, not being made to speak by the guru, blamed by the other ascetics, died, engaged in especially painful meditation*; he became a kukkuta-serpent230 and roamed, destroying creatures like a winged Yama. One day as he roamed he saw the Marubhuti elephant* drinking pure water heated by the sun’s rays in a pool. He happened to be mired in mud at that time and was unable to get out because of his emaciation from penance and he was bitten on the boss by the kukkuta-serpent. Knowing his own death* (at hand) from the stream of the poison, the elephant rejected the four kinds of food*, engaged in concentrated meditation.*

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