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XXIV:2 Effect of good and bad deeds

On one occasion, while the Buddha was on an almsround at Rajagaha, he saw a dirty young female pig and smiled. When questioned by the Venerable Ananda, he replied, 'Ananda, this young pig was a hen during the time of a previous Buddha. As she was staying near a monastery, she used to hear the sound vibration of recitations of the sacred texts. When she died, she was reborn as a princess. One day she noticed maggots in the toilet and became mindful of the loathsomeness of the body, etc. When she died, she was reborn in the Brahma realm as a brahma. But now, due to some evil kamma she accumulated previously, she has been reborn as a pig. Ananda! See how on account of good and evil kamma there is no end to the round of existence.'

55/170 Dhammapada & Commentary Khuddhaka J.i.106ff. despair

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