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J.183 Vaalodaka Jaataka Once Brahmadatta, king of Benares, went with a large army to quell a frontier-rebellion, and on his return, ordered that the horses be given some grapejuice to drink. The horses drnk and stood quietly in their stalls. The king then had some offal kneaded with provender given to the donkeys. The donkeys drank it and galloped around braying loudly. The king asked his courtier (the bodhisatva) the reason for the difference between the two. The bodhisatva told him that the low-born lack self-control. The Jataka was told in reference to some boys, attendants of devotees at Savatthi. The devotees themselves were calm and collected, but the boys would eat and scamper about the banks of the Aciravati making a great uproar. They are identified with the donkeys. According to the Dhammapada commentary, the story was related after the monks returned to Savatthi from Vera~nja. Their attendants had been quiet in Vera~nja where there was little to eat, but in Savatthi they ate the remnants of the monkÝs food and made a great noise. 57/187 Jaataka Khuddhaka J.ii.095ff., DhA.ii.154ff. accepting honour

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