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Academic Sutta Name Notes PSA Plae Vagga Nikaya PTS Keywords
J.148 Sigaala Jaataka The bodhisatva was once born as a jackal and, coming across the dead body of an elephant, ate into it from behind and lived inside it. When the body dried up, he became a prisoner and made frenzied efforts to escape. Eventually the storm broke, moistening the hide and allowing him to emerge through the head, but not without losing all his hair as he crawled through. He thereupon resolved to renounce his greediness. The Jataka was told in reference to 500 companions, rich men of Savatthi who joined the Order. One night the Buddha perceived that they were filled with thoughts of lust. He therefore sent Ananda to summon all the monks in the monastery and told the tale to illustrate the evil effects of desire. The five-hundred monks became arahants. 56/591 Jaataka Khuddhaka J.i.501ff. greed

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