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J.309 Chavaka Jaataka | Chava Jaataka The bodhisatva was once born as a candala. His wife, who had morning sickness, yearned to eat a mango, so the husband went by night to the royal garden to try to get one. However, day broke before he could escape and he remained perched in the tree. While he was there, the king came with his chaplain and, sitting on a high seat at the foot of the tree, learned the Dhamma from the chaplain, who occupied a lower seat. The Bodhisatva climbed down from the tree and pointed out to them their error. The king, being very pleased, made him ruler of the city by night and placed round his neck the garland of red flowers which he himself was wearing. This is the origin of the tradition for lords of the city to wear a wreath of red flowers. The Jataka was related in reference to the Chabbaggiya monks who preached the Dhamma to those who sat on a higher seat than themselves. 58/430 Jaataka Khuddhaka J.iii.027ff. sitting higher to teach Dhamma


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