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J.057 Vaanarinda Jaataka The bodhisatva was once a monkey living on a river bank. On his way from one bank to another, he used to use a rock mid-stream as a stepping stone. A female crocodile, living in the river, longed to eat the heart of the monkey and asked her husband to get it. The crocodile thus lay on the stepping stone, ready to catch the monkey as he jumped. The monkey, noticing the rock to be higher than usual, in the absence of a low tide, spoke to the rock and received to reply. His suspicions were confirmed when he asked the rock "Oh rock! Why don't you speak to me today?" and the crocodile replied on the rock's behalf. The crocodile then revealed both its identity and its purpose and the monkey resolved to outwit him. The monkey asked the crocodile to open his mouth, knowing that when a crocodile opens his mouth he must close his eyes. The crocodile obeyed and the monkey jumped onto its back and from there to the other bank. The story was related in reference to Devadatta's attempt to kill the Buddha. See also Kumbhiila Jaataka (J.224). 56/095 Jaataka Khuddhaka J.i.278ff. wits, observation

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