a loyal son, Kunala accepted the honourable commission and met his
father to receive the fatherly blessings and necessary credentials.
taught Kunala state craft in brief and asked him to personally
scrutinize the royal orders sent from the capital. "The genuine
orders" he said, "shall be sealed with red wax and bear
the impression of my teeth". Kunala, as crown prince knew of
this practice. He assured Asoka of personal scrutiny and left for
Taxila with blessings.
was the harvest time for Tishyarakshita. She found Kunala's absence
congenial to work for his doom. She rose to the occasion. With wiles
and guiles, she pressed into service the concerned officers and
henchmen to accomplish her deed. They yielded and her plot took
final shape. Soon she dispatched to Taxila an order, bidding the
ministers to pluck out Kunala's eyes without loss of time, and to
send him into the desolate mountains to perish there.