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J.191 Ruhaka Jaataka Ruhaka was the chaplain of the bodhisatva, born as king of Benares. The king gave him a horse with rich trappings and when he rode him, everybody was lost in admiration. Ruhakaís wife was a foolish old woman who, on hearing the peopleís praise, declared that the excitement was due not to the qualities of the animal but to its trappings, and that if Ruhaka would go out wearing the horseís trappings, he would be similarly applauded. Ruhaka agreed to the suggestion and suffered great humiliation. He went home in anger, determined to punish his wife, but she had escaped and had sought the kingís protection. The king persuaded Ruhaka to forgive her because ëall womankind is full of faultsí. The occasion for the story is given in the Indriya Jataka (J.423). 57/224 Jaataka Khuddhaka J.ii.113ff. women, fools, advice, praise

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