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J.222 Cullanandiya Jaataka The bodhisatva was once a monkey named Nandiya and with his brother Cullanandiya, headed a band of 80,000 monkeys. They had a blind mother, and finding that when they were away foraging, she never received the fruits they sent her, they decided to stay with her in a banyan tree near a village. One day a brahmin who had studied in Takkasila, entered the forest with his bow and arrow. He had been warned by his teacher Parasariya to curb his wickedness, but he could find no way apart from killing, to look after his wife and child. Seeing the aged monkey, he prepared to shoot her, but her sons offered him their lives in her place. The brahmin killed them first and then the mother. On his way home he heard that lightening had struck his house and that his family was dead. He himself was thereupon swallowed up by the fires of hell. The story was told in reference to Devadatta’s wickedness. The hunter was devadatta. 57/389 Jaataka Khuddhaka J.ii.199ff. matricide, ingratitude

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