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Academic Sutta Name Notes PSA Plae Vagga Nikaya PTS Keywords
J.005 Jaataka Once the bodhisatva was appraiser to the king of Benares, with whom he always dealt fairly. The king was greedy, and thinking that his appraiser paid too much for things bought for the palace, appointed in his place a rustic who happened to be passing by. This man fixed prices according to whim. One day a dealer brought five hundred horses from Uttarapatha and the appraiser valued the whole lot at a single measure of rice. The horse-dealer sought the Bodhisatvaís advice, who suggested that the appraiser should be asked to value a measure of rice. The horse-dealer went to the king, and in the presence of the court, asked the appraiser the value of one measure of rice. The man replied that it was worth all Benares and its suburbsuhe ministers laughed, thus putting the king to shame. He dismissed the fool and reinstated the Bodhisatva. The story was told in reference to Laludayi who had a dispute with Dabba Mallaputta regarding the distribution of food tickets. The monks thereupon asked Laludayi to undertake the task. This he did so badly that great confusion ensued, and the matter was reported to the the Buddha, who related the Jataka to show that in the past, too, his stupidity had deprived others of profit. Laludayi is identified with the false appraiser. 55/196 Jaataka Khuddhaka J.i.123ff. value

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