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Cincamana's Accusations

The ditthiss (unbeliever's) persuaded a hermitess named Cincamana (Cincamanavika) to make accusations against the Buddha.

Cincamana, dressed finely and properly, went toward Jetavana monastery at night-time and slept at a club house of the unbelievers near the monastery. In the early morning she hurried toward the city as if she had come out of Jetavana monastery.


When passersby asked her why she was in a hurry and where she had slept, she replied coyly in a question form:

"What can you gain from knowing what I have been doing?"

Cincamana had been doing like this for a month or so, and then when people enquired about her goings-on, she said by way of admission,

"I went to Jetivana monastery and slept with Gotama."

Three or four months later, she placed a bale of cloth on her stomach and tied it around her waist and covered it with her outer garment to make it look like a pregnancy.

Then one day at a sermon meeting at Jetavana monastery Cincamana walked into the audience and made accusations saying, "Oh Great Monk, it is good that you have been giving sermons but you have neglected the pregnancy you have caused in me and failed to make arrangements for my confinement."

That was the meanest attempt to put the Buddha to shame, but soon, owing to the great powers of the Buddha, the false bulge of the stomach slipped down.

The audience was angry and drove Cincamana out of the monastery.

The wicked hermitess was swallowed up by the earth when she got out of sight of the Buddha, and went directly down the deepest bowels of hell.

Source

http://www.myanmarnet.net/nibbana/lokadm2b.htm