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J.245 Muulapariyaaya Jaataka The bodhisatva was once a brahmin teacher of great fame. Among his pupils were 500 brahmins versed in the three Vedas, who thought they knew as much as their teacher. Knowing this, the bodhisatva gave them a riddle -- ‘Time consumes all, even itself, but who can consume the all-consumer?’ For a whole week the students tried to find an answer before admitting defeat. The bodhisatva rebuked them for having ‘holes in their ears but no wisdom’. Their pride was quelled, and from that time on they honoured their teacher. The story was told in reference to some monks to whom the Mulapariyaya Sutta was preached. The disciples are the same in both cases. 57/502 Jaataka Khuddhaka J.ii.259ff. arrogance


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