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Academic Sutta Name Notes PSA Plae Vagga Nikaya PTS Keywords
J.290 Siilaviima.msana Jaataka The bodhisatva was once chaplain to the king of Benares. He was both learned and good, but wishing to test which quality brought him greater honour, he started stealing money from the treasurer. On the third occasion he was arrested and led before the king. He saw snake charmers exhibiting their snake and warned them lest it should bite them -- but they retorted ‘he is not like you: he is good’. The king ordered the chaplain’s execution, but on hearing of his intentions, he allowed him to become an ascetic. The Jataka was related in reference to a learned and pious brahmin in the service of the king of Kosala who carried out a similar test. He consequently joined the Order and became an arahant. See also Siilaviima.msana Jaataka (J.086) and Siilaviima.msana Jaataka (J.362). 58/316 Jaataka Khuddhaka J.ii.428ff. learning, virtue

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