Prince Nanda was the young step-brother of the Buddha. They both shared the same father (King Suddhodana) however Prince Nanda's mother was the Buddha's mother's younger sister.
One day, Prince Nanda married the beautiful Janapada Kalyani and on that day he also joined the community of monks.
However, Nanda enjoyed no spiritual happiness. His thoughts were constantly directed towards to Janapada Kalyāni and his heart yearned for her.
Learning of this, the Buddha took Nanda on a journey to Tavatimsa Heaven. On the way Nanda saw a female monkey that had lost her ears, nose and tail in a fire, clinging to a charred stump. When they reached the heaven abode, Nanda saw beautiful celestial nymphs and the Buddha asked Nanda: "Which do you consider more beautiful? Those nymphs or Janapada Kalyāni?"
Nanda replied: "Janapada Kalyāni looks like the scalded female monkey, compared to those nymphs."
The Buddha said: "Nanda, can you see that what you thought to be exceedingly beautiful now pales in comparison to greater beauty?"
Upon hearing this, Nanda practiced diligently with the object of winning the celestial nymphs. However, when the other monks learned of Nanda's wish they ridiculed him and he eventually saw his flaw, and renouncing desire, attained Arhatship.
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