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Academic Sutta Name Notes PSA Plae Vagga Nikaya PTS Keywords
J.028 Nandivisaala Jaataka Once the bodhisatva was born as a bull in Gandhara and was named Nandivisala. When quite young, he was given to a brahmin, who fed him on delicacies and looked after him. When Nandi grew up, in order to show his gratitude to the brahmin, he suggested that he should draw 100 carts for a wager. The brahmin boasted to his friends and they bet him that it would be impossible. On the appointed day, he loaded 100 carts, lashed them together, and having tied Nandivisala to the first, took his seat on the pole and flourishing his goad shouted ëNow you rascal, pull!í The bull, offended by harsh words refused to move and the brahmin lost the bet. As the brahmin lay groaning in bed, Nandivisala went to him and rebuked him for his harsh words. He then advised the brahmin to make a bet of 2000 on his drawing the carts and said that this time he would win. This the brahmin did, and the next day, having tied one-hundred carts together, he yoked Nandivisala to the first and stroked his back saying, ëNow then, my fine fellow, pull!í With one heave, Nandivisala pulled the carts, and the last stood where the first had been. Nandivisalaís master received many presents in addition to the wager. The story was related in reference to the taunts uttered by the Chabbaggiyas against the virtuous monks. Ananda was the brahmin of the story. It was also mentioned in relation to the Twin Miracle (DhA.iii.213) See also Saarambha Jataka (J.088) which is almost identical except for difference of details. 55/308 Jaataka Khuddhaka J.i.191ff. speech

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