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Academic Sutta Name Notes PSA Plae Vagga Nikaya PTS Keywords
J.144 Na"ngu.t.tha Jaataka Once the bodhisatva was born in a brahmin family in the North Country, and on the day of his birth, his parents lit a sacrificial fire for him. When he grew up, family life had no attraction for him, so he took the fire to a forest and there tended it. One day he was given a cow in lieu of a fee, and wishing to sacrifice it to the lord of the fire, he left it by the fire and entered the village to look for salt. When he returned, he found that thieves had eaten the cow leaving only the hide and the tail. Disgusted that the lord of the fire could not even guard his own possessions, he put out the fire and became a recluse. The story was related in reference to whether the Ajivikas, some of whom lived behind Jetavana, obtained any merit as the result of their difficult penances. 56/574 Jaataka Khuddhaka J.i.493ff. fire worship, asceticism

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