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Academic Sutta Name Notes PSA Plae Vagga Nikaya PTS Keywords
J.123 Na"ngaliisa Jaataka Once the bodhisatva was a brahmin teacher, and among his 500 pupil was a foolish but devoted youth, who had a knack of saying the wrong thing. Hoping to cure him, the bodhisatva asked him to report anything which he saw. One day the youth saw a snake, and on being asked by the bodhisatva how it looked, reported ëlike the shaft of a ploughí (na"ngalisa) The bodhisatva thought the simile was good, but when it was used again about an elephant, a sugar cane, molasses and even curds and milk, he realized the boy was hopeless. The story was told in reference to Laludayi, who never made an appropriate remark. Laludayi is identified with the youth. 56/475 Jaataka Khuddhaka J.i.446ff. appropriate speech

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