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Academic Sutta Name Notes PSA Plae Vagga Nikaya PTS Keywords
J.150 Sa~njiiva Jaataka The bodhisatva was a famous teacher in Benares and among his pupils was a young brahmin called Sa~njiva who was taught a spell for raising the dead, but not the counter spell. One day he went with his companions to the forest and they came across a dead tiger. He uttered the charm and restored it to life. The tiger instantly killed him and fell down dead again. The story was told in reference to Ajatasattu after his visit to the Buddha. The Buddha said that had it not been for his crime of parricide, he would have become a sotapanna, but because of his association with Devadatta, he had committed numerous bad deeds and shut himself out from the possibility. Sa~njiva is identified with Ajatasattu. 56/607 Jaataka Khuddhaka J.i.508ff. black magic

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