I watched this story @Youtube and I emailed to my daughter in Las Vegas to translate it.
In Thailand we call poison-ivy 'mamui', which is one of the most hated plants, next to 'uttapit flower'that smell so bad like corpse!
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Princess Rohini: Poison-Ivy
[Translated by Dr.Sirikanya Sastri]
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While residing at the Nigrodharama monastery, the Buddha uttered Verse (221) with reference to Princess Rohini, sister of Thera Anuruddha.
Once upon a time, Thera Anuruddha visited Kapilavatthu. All family members of Kapilavatthu enjoyed visiting him with the exception of his favorite sister princess Rohini. Rohini never showed her face out of shame since she had ugly skin disease. Once,Thera Anuruddha learned of this reason, he desired to help her by providing her opportunities to do good deeds. He sent for her and she paid her respects as requested. She was asked to sell her clothing and jewelry in order to raise money for building a refectory for the bhikkus. Rohini agreed and the other relatives aided in construction of the refectory. Thera Anuruddha told Rohini to sweep the floors and fill the water pots daily while the construction was ongoing. Miraculously, she noticed that her skin desease diminishing each day.
At the completion of the hall, the Buddha and his bhikkhus were invited for alms-food. After the meal, the Buddha asked for the donor of the building and alms-food, but Rohini was not there. Buddha sent for Rohini to meet with him so he could enlighten her as to why she was cursed with the horrible skin disease. She admitted that she did not know. So he proceeded to tell her of how in her past life, she was a chief queen of a king of Baranasi. It so happened that the king had a favourite dancer and the chief queen was very jealous of her. So the queen had her maids put some poison-ivy powder in the dancer's bed, her blankets. Next, they called the dancer, and they threw some itching powder on her. The dancer itched all over and was in great pain and discomfort. She ran to her room and her bed, which made her suffer even more. This tortured the pretty dancer so badly that she was unable to function. So, the Buddha explained that the dreadful skin disease was the result she inflicted upon herself by her evil deed in her past life.
Buddha concluded to the congregation that they should avoid acting foolishly in anger and avoid bearing ill will towards others.
Then the Buddha spoke in verse as follows:
Verse 220: Give up anger, abandon conceit, overcome all fetters. Ills of life (dukkha) do not befall one who does not cling to mind and body and is free from moral defilements.
Because of her intent listening to the Dhamma with conviction, Princess Rohini attained Sotapatti Fruition.
Due to her previous good deeds and the Path attainment, the skin disease magically disappeared and her complexion now became fair, smooth and very beautiful. She not only became a faithful supporter of the Buddha and the Sangha, but also continued to perform many meritorious deeds over the rest of her life. After death she was reborn into the Tavatimsa-deva World as the most beautiful celestial consort of Sakka, the king of the Tavatimsa Heaven.
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