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J.140 Kaaka Jaataka Once the Bodhisatva was born as a crow. One day a mischievous crop let a dropping fall onto the head of the kingís chaplain as he returned from bathing. The chaplain swore vengeance on the crows. Some time later a goat ate rice laid in the sun to dry. It was beaten with a flaming torch setting it on fire. It in turn set the royal elephant stalls on fire, burning the elephants. Seizing the opportunity, the chaplain told the king that the elephant burns could be cured by crow fat. Crows were thereby slain for the sake of their fat. The Bodhisatva sought the audience of the king and explained the chaplainís real motive -- furthermore he informed the king that in reality, crows have no fat because their life is spent in ceaseless dread. The king, being greatly pleased with the Bodhisatvaís explanation, granted amnesty to all living beings and to crows in particular. The circumstances of the story are to be found in the Bhaddasala Jataka (J.465). See also Kapi Jataka (J.404). 56/454 Jaataka Khuddhaka J.i.484ff. vengeance

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