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J.179 Satadhamma Jaataka The bodhisatva was once born in the lowest caste and one day went on a journey taking his food in a basket. One the way he met a young man from Benares, Satadhamma, a snob. They travelled together, and when the time came for the meal, because Satadhamma had no food, the bodhisatva offered him some. ŽI could not possibly take yoursŪ, said the snob, Žbecause you are the lowest of the low.Ū The bodhisatva ate some of the food and put the rest away. In the evening they bathed and the bodhisatva ate without offering the other anything. The latter had expected to be asked again and was very hungry. However, finding that he was offered nothing, he asked the bodhisatva for some and ate it. As soon as he had finished, he was seized with remorse the he should thus have disgraced his family. So greatly was he upset that he vomited the food together with blood. He plunged into the wood and was never heard of again. The story was related in reference to monks who earned their living in the twenty-one unlawful ways, as physicians, messangers etc. The Buddha summoned them and warned that food unlawfully obtained was like red-hot iron, a deadly poison. It was like partaking of the leavings of the vilest of mankind. Jaataka Khuddhaka J.ii.082ff. arrogance


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