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J.254 Ku.n.dakakucchisindhava Jaataka A householder was lodging in a poor woman’s house on the road from Benares to Uttarapatha. During his stay there, his thoroughbred mare foaled, and the foal was given to the poor woman as part of the payment for lodging. The woman brought up the foal as if it were her own child. Later the Bodhisatva passed by the same house and bought the horse from the lady, making her rich. The foal exhibited marvellous powers and was later adopted by the king as the State horse, and he gained power over the whole of the Jampudavipa. The story was told in reference to Sariputta who was the only monk left uninvited when all the citizens of Savatthi had decided to offer food to one of the monks of the Order. Sariputta was allotted to the house of a poor lady -- but when the invitation became known to the king, he provided the lady with luxurious food, garments and money to make her hospitality respectable. The lady consequently went from rags to riches in a single day. Sariputta is identified with the throroughbred foal. See also Kundakasindhavapotaka Jataka (J.109) which is related in reference to the Buddha being allotted to receive the rice-husk cakes of a slave woman (DhA.iii.325ff.) 58/030 Jaataka Khuddhaka J.ii.286ff. poverty, humility

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