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Academic Sutta Name Notes PSA Plae Vagga Nikaya PTS Keywords
J.042 Kapotaka Jaataka Once the bodhisatva was born as a pigeon and lived in a straw basket hung in the kitchen of a banker of Benares. A crow, sniffing the savour of food being cooked in the kitchen and longing to taste it, struck up a friendship with the pigeon in order to gain admission. In the evening, having searched for his food in the pigeonís company, he accompanied him home, and the bankerís cook, on seeing him, prepared a basket for him. One day, seeing some fish being prepared, the crow feigned illness and stayed behind in his basket, in spite of the warnings of the pigeon, who suspected his real reason. The cook caught the crow stealing a piece of fish and in order to punish him, plucked his feathers and soused him in a pickle of ginger, salt and cumin with sour butter milk. The pigeon returned to find the crow in this state, and having learned the story, flew away, not wishing to live there any more. The crow died and was flung on the dust-heap. The story was related in reference to a greedy monk who was identified with the crow.See also the practically identical Lolaa Jataka (J.274), Rujira Jaataka (J.275), Kapotaka Jaataka (J.375) and Kaaka | Jaataka (J.395). 56/016 Jaataka Khuddhaka J.i.241ff. greed

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