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Academic Sutta Name Notes PSA Plae Vagga Nikaya PTS Keywords
J.023 Bhojaajaaniiya Jaataka The bodhisatva was once born as a thoroughbred horse asn was made the destrier of the king of Benares. He was given every kind of luxury and was shown all honour. Kings of seven surrounding kingdoms coveted Benares and they laid seige to the city. At the suggestion of his ministers, the king sent out a knight mounted on the royal destrier. Mounted on the noble steed, the knight destroyed six camps, whereupon his horse was wounded. He thereupon took it to the gate, loosening its armour and prepared to arm another horse. However, the injured horse, knowing that no other horse could accomplish what awaited him, insisted on attacking the seventh camp. Then when they brought him back to the kingís gate, the king came out to look upon him. The horse died while exhorting the king to be merciful towards the captured kings. The story was told in reference to a monk who had given up striving. Ananda is identified with the king. (see also Aja~n~na Jataka) 55/287 Jaataka Khuddhaka J.i.178ff. perseverence

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