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J.166 Upasaa.lhaka Jaataka | Upasaa.lha Jaataka The brahmin upasalhaka instructs his son to cremate his body after his death in a cemetery unpolluted by outcasts. On his way to indicate the spot to his son, the brahmin and son meets the Buddha. The Buddha reveals the Jataka which shows that it is also in former births that the brahmin has been so fastidious in his cremations. In that previous time, the Bodhisatva had been a holy ascetic possessed of supranormal powers. When the bodhisatva heard of the brahminís (then Upasalhaka) quest, he reveals that the point of their meeting on Gijjhakuta is a place where Upasalhaka had already been cremated 14,000 times. After revealing the Jataka, the Buddha preaches to them the way of deathlessness. 57/103 Jaataka Khuddhaka J.ii.054ff., DhA.ii.99 deathlessness, cremation

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