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J.243 Guttila Jaataka The bodhisatva was born as a musician, Guttila, in Benares. He was unmarried and supported his blind parents. He had a pupil Musila from Ujjeni and Guttila taught him all he knew. Later Guttila introduced Musila at the king’s court, where as soon as he could attract the king’s attention, arranged for a competition with his master, that the king might decide who should be the court musician. Guttila, fearing a contest in his old age, fled into the forest where Sakka appeared before him and promised to help him to victory. The contest was held and when Guttila played according to Sakka’s instructions, the sound of his music filled the city and heavenly nymphs descended to earth to dance. Musila was defeated and stoned to death by an enraged crowd. Later, Sakka sent Matali to fetch Guttila to Tavatimsa in his chariot and in return for his music Guttila was allowed to discover to what good deeds the inhabitants of Tavatimsa owed their birth there. On returning to earth after seven days, he told the people what he had seen and exhorted them to do good. Musila is identified with Devadatta, Sakka with Anuruddha and the king with Ananda. The Jataka was told in reference to Devadatta. The monks had tried to persuade him to acknowledge the Buddha as his teacher, because it was from him that he had learned the three Pitakas and the four jhanas. Devadatta had not consented. 57/484 Jaataka Khuddhaka J.ii.248ff. ingratitude

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