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J.288 Macchuddaana Jaataka The bodhisatva was once the son of a landed proprietor, and after his fatherís death, he and his younger brother went to a village to settle some business. On their way back, they had a meal out of a leaf-bottle, and when they had finished, the bodhisatva threw the remains into the river for the fish, dedicating the merit for the river-spirit. The power of the river-spirit increased and she discovered the cause. The younger brother was of a dishonest disposition, and when the elder was asleep, he packed a parcel of gravel to resemble the money they were carrying and hid them both. While they were in mid-river, he stumbled against the side of the boat and dropped what he thought to be the parcel of gravel, but what was really the money. He told the Bodhisatva about it, who forgave him. However, the river spirit, out of gratitude to the bodhisatva, made a fish swallow the parcel of money. The fish was later caught and hawked about, and owing to the influence of the river-spirit, the fisherman asked 1000 pieces + 7 annas for the fish. Everyone laughed thinking it was a joke, but when the fisherman reached the bodhisatvaís house he offered the fish for only 7 annas. The fish was bought and cut open by the wife and the money given to him. At that instant the river-spirit informed him of what she had done and asked him to have no consideration for his brother, who was a thief and was greatly disappointed at the failure of his trick. In spite of the warning, the bodhisatva sent his brother 500 pieces. The Jataka was told in reference to a dishonest merchant who is identified with the cheat. 58/304 Jaataka Khuddhaka J.ii.423ff. deceit, cheat

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