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J.026 Mahilaamukha Jaataka Once Brahmadatta, king of Benares, owned a state elephant called Mahilamukha who was gentle and good. One day thieves sat down outside his stable and started talking of their plans for robbery and murder. Several days in succession this happened until at last, by dint of listening to them, Mahilamukha became cruel and began to kill his keepers. The king sent his minister (the bodhisatva) to investigate the matter. He discovered what had happened and made good men sit outside the stables who talked of various virtues. The elephant regained his former goodness and gentleness. The story was related in reference to a monk who was persuaded by a friend to eat at the monastery of Gayasisa built for Devadatta by Ajatasattu. The monk would steal off there at the hour of the meal and then return to Veluvana. After some time his guilty secret was discovered and he was admonished by the Buddha. He is identified with Mahilamukha and the king with Ananda. see also the Giridanta Jaataka (J.184) and Manoja Jaataka (J.397). 55/299 Jaataka Khuddhaka J.i.185ff. association


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