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Academic Sutta Name Notes PSA Plae Vagga Nikaya PTS Keywords
J.162 Santhava Jaataka The bodhisatva was once a brahmin and, when he grew up, he lived in a hermitage in the forest, tending to his birth fire (jataggi). One day, having received a present of rice and ghee, he took it home, made his fire blaze up and put the rice in the fire. The flames rose up and burned his hut. Deciding that the company of the wicked was dangerous, he put out the fire and went up into the mountains. There he saw a hind licking the faces of a lion, a tiger and a panther. Nothing is better than good friends thought the bodhisatva. The story was related to show the uselessness of tending the sacred fire. 57/081 Jaataka Khuddhaka J.ii.041ff. fire-worship

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