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Academic Sutta Name Notes PSA Plae Vagga Nikaya PTS Keywords
J.289 Naanacchanda Jaataka Once the bodhisatva was king of Benares and while walking about in the city in disguise, he fell one night into the hands of drunken thieves. He pleaded poverty, gave them his robe and escaped. In the city, lived his fatherís former chaplain who had been dismissed. He told his wife how, as he watched the stars that night, he had seen the king fall into hostile hands and then escape. The king heard all this in the course of his wanderings and the following morning sent for his astrologers. They had not observed any such thing in the stars. He dismissed them therefore, and appointed the other in their place, giving them a boon. When the chaplain went home to consult his family about which boon he should ask, his wife Chatta and his slave Punna each wanted something different. He reported this to the king, who gave to each what they desired. The circumstances leading up to the Jataka are given in the Ju.nha Jataka (J.456). The brahmin is identified with Ananda. 58/310 Jaataka Khuddhaka J.ii.426ff. wish

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