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J.252 Tilamu.t.thi Jaataka Brahmadatta, son of the king of Benares, was sent to Takkasila to study. One day, when going to bathe with his teacher, he ate some white seeds which an old woman had spread in the sun to dry. He did this on three different days. On the third day, the woman reported him to the teacher and he was beaten. When Brahmadatta ascended the throne, he sent for his teacher, wishing to avenge this insult by killing himuhe teacher did not come until the king had grown older, but when he did arrive, the sight of him so kindled the kingís hatred, that he ordered him to be put to death. The teacher however, told him that if he had not been corrected in his youth, today he would be a highway robber. Convinced that the teacherís action had been due to a desire for his welfare, Brahmadatta showed his forgiveness and showed him all honour. The Jataka was told in reference to a monk who showed resentment when advised. 58/012 Jaataka Khuddhaka J.ii.277ff. criticism

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