In one of his many lives the Bodhisattva was born as Sakka, the King of Gods. Some demons once attacked the celestial kingdom with a huge army. Sakka boarded his golden chariot that was drawn by a thousand horses and marched ahead to fight the enemy. But the demons tolled heavy on the gods. Seeing that they were losing the battle, the gods began to flee. When Matali, Sakka’s charioteer, saw the gods fleeing, he too turned his chariot and flew up in the air. On the way, the wheels of the chariot almost crushed an eagle’s nest and the eagle’s children in it. Sakka saw this and immediately ordered Matali to turn the chariot around and move towards the battlefield. Seeing Sakka coming back, the demons thought that the King of Gods had come back with some new strategy and fell back in fear. Thus, the gods won the battle.
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