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Academic Sutta Name Notes PSA Plae Vagga Nikaya PTS Keywords
J.233 Vika.n.naka Jaataka The bodhisatva was once the king of Benares, and one day, while dallying near a lake in his park, noticed that fishes and tortoises flocked to him. He learned, on enquiry, that these animals were attracted by his music, and ordered that they should be fed regularly. On finding that some of them failed appear, he made arrangements for a drum to be sounded at feeding-time. Later finding that a crocodile came and ate the fish, the king ordered him to be harpooned. The crocodile escaped capture but died soon afterwards. The Jataka was related to a backsliding monk. Greed always leads to suffering -- it was greed that caused the death of the crocodile. 57/440 Jaataka Khuddhaka J.ii.227ff. greed


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