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J.158 Suhanu Jaataka The bodhisatva was once minister to the king of Benares. The king had a wild horse called Mahaaso.na. The king was miserly and one day, when some horse-dealers brought horses for sale, he gave orders, unknown to his minister that Mahaaso.na should be let loose among these horses, and when he had bitten and weakened them, they should be bought at a reduced price. The dealers complained to the minister. After enquiring into the matter, he advised that next time they visited Benares they should bring Suhanu, a very strong horse they had. This they did, and when Mahaaso.na and Suhanu were confronted with one another, they showed each other great affection. The king saw this and was told by the minister that the horses recognized each otherís virtues. He then warned the king against excessive covetousness. The Jataka was told in reference to two hot-headed monks, both passionate and cruel. One lived in Jetavana and the other in the country. One day the country monk came to Jetavana and the monks eagerly awaited their quarrel. However, when the two monks met, they showed great affection. The Buddha explained that this was because of their like nature. 57/054 Jaataka Khuddhaka J.ii.030ff. like personality, mutual respect


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