Ajita Kesakambala. One of the notorious six heretical teachers criticized by the Buddha for propounding false doctrines. The epithet ‘kesakambala’ derives from the hair garment worn by Ajita which the Buddhists described as foul-smelling and repellent. In spite of his austere garb Ajita was a materialist who denied the doctrine of the retribution of actions (karma) and the purpose of the religious life.
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