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XXII:2 Those who suffered for their evil deeds

Once the Venerable Moggallana was coming down a hill with Venerable Lakkhana when he saw some unhappy spirits. Back at the monastery, Moggallana told Lakkhana in the presence of the Buddha, that he had seen five suffering spirits with their bodies engulfed in flames. Thereupon, the Buddha said, 'During the time of the previous Buddha, those five spirits were bhikkhus. They were not interested in their spiritual development. Instead, they had committed much evil. For the evil deeds they have suffered in hell and now they are paying out the remaining term as suffering spirits.'

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