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Academic Sutta Name Notes PSA Plae Vagga Nikaya PTS Keywords
J.204 Viraka Jaataka The bodhisatva was once born as a marsh crow named Viraka and lived near a pool. There was a drought in Kasi and a crow, named Savitthaka, finding no food, went with his wife to where Viraka lived, and becoming his servant, ate of the fishes which Viraka caught in the pool. Later, Savitthaka, paying no heed to the Bodhisatva’s warning, tried to catch fish himself and was drowned. The story was told in reference to Devadatta’s attempt to imitate the Buddha. Devadatta is identified with the crow Savitthaka. 57/891 Jaataka Khuddhaka J.ii.148ff. arrogance

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