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Academic Sutta Name Notes PSA Plae Vagga Nikaya PTS Keywords
J.257 Gaama.niica.n.da Jaataka The bodhisatva was once born as Aadaasamukha, son of Janasandha, king of Benares. Aadaasamukha became king at the age of seven, having successfully solved the problems set him by his courtiers. Janasandha had a servant named Gaama.nica.n.da who, being old, retired when Aadaasamukha came to the throne. However, when various mishaps befell Gaama.nica.n.da, he was charged on various counts by different people. As he was being brought to the king to receive punishment, he was asked by several persons to convey messages to the king and to find out the solutions to their problems from him. The king listened to the charges brought against Gaama.ni and his explanation of them. Convinced of Gaama.niís innocence, he passed sentences which ultimately brought gain to Gaama.ni. The king then proceeded to solve the problems contained in the messages brought by Gaama.ni. He granted to Gaama.ni the village where he lived, free of taxes, and there Gaama.ni lived happily to the end of his days. The Jataka was told by the Buddha to certain monks who had been discussing his wisdom. Gaama.nica.n.da is identified with Aananda. 58/051 Jaataka Khuddhaka J.ii.297ff. wisdom, forgiveness


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