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J.202 Ke.liisiila Jaataka Brahmadatta, king of Benares, could not look upon anyone old or decrepit without playing jokes on them. He made old men roll about on the ground and played practical jokes on old women. His friends behaved likewise. All the old people left his country -- no parents or aged persons remained to be tended by the young -- and the newcomers among the gods were few in number. Sakka (the Bodhisatva), wishing to teach the king a lesson, once appeared before him in the guise of an old man, with two jars of buttermilk in a crazy old cart, having willed that only the king would be able to see him. The king was riding on his state elephant, and when he asked the old carter to move, the latter smashed the two jars on the king’s head and the onlookers laughed to see the milk dripping down his face. Resuming Sakka’s form, the Bodhisatva admonished the king. The Jataka was related to account for Lakuntaka’s deformity. 57/281 Jaataka Khuddhaka J.ii.142ff. respect for the aged

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