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J.058 Tayodhamma Jaataka Once Devadatta was born as king of the monkeys and the Bodhisatva was his son. The monkey-king had the habit of gelding with his teeth, all his male offspring, lest, one day, they should supercede him. The bodhisatva's mother left the troupe before the child was born and brought him up elsewhere. When he came of age, he came to see the monkey king, and on the latter's trying to kill him by giving him a 'bear hug', the Bodhisatva showed greater strength than his father. The father then asked him to collect lotuses from a nearby lake that was inhabited by an ogre, saying that he wished to crown his son king. The bodhisatva guessed the presence of an ogre and plucked the flowers by picking them from mid-air while jumping over a narrow part of the lake. The ogre, seeing the valiant efforts, praised him saying that those who combine dexterity, valour and resourcefulness can never be vanquished. When the monkey-king saw the son returning with the ogre who was carrying the flowers, he died of shock. The Jataka wa related in reference to hunting. 56/100 Jaataka Khuddhaka J.i.280ff. observation, dexterity, valour, resourcefulness

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