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      The Flight of Sakka

Once the Bodhisatta took his birth as Sakka, which is regarded as the king of the devas. Even though he was the king of the devas, nevertheless, he ruled the earth and had attained marvelous splendor. The danavas, the promising enemies of the devas since time immemorial, neither liked Sakka nor his growing splendors. So, one day they occupied the celestial empire with a large army to assume the power.

Sakka entering his golden chariot obtained by the thousand horses put a severe struggle with his army of devas. But the devas almost lost the battle and began to leave. When Matali, the charioteer of Sakka noticed the journey of the Deva army from the battle-field, he, too, turned his chariot back and escaped in the air.

When the chariot was going high, Sakka noticed some eagle-nests on some tall trees, which were to be expected to be hit by the chariot. Moreover, any of the change in the direction would have intended his imprisonment in the hands of the demons. So, the concerned king of the devas, in order to save the young ones of the eagles ordered his charioteer to turn back to fight the demons. So, he gave a mighty battle-cry and wave his weapon to smack at the following enemies. When the demons saw the king of the devas turning about and ready to fight they flee as they thought that the fearless king, true to his courteous status had a way out to some fresh battle-approach with some fresh support.

Finally,Soon the devas get back their kingdom; and the young ones of the eagles also survived at the last.