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Academic Sutta Name Notes PSA Plae Vagga Nikaya PTS Keywords
J.314 Lohakumbhii Jaataka The bodhisatva was once an ascetic of great power. The king of Benares heard the four sounds ëduí, ësaí, ënaí and ësoí uttered by four kings who were denizens of hell and was filled with fear. When he consulted his chaplain, he suggested a four-fold sacrifice. To avert needless loss of life, the bodhisatva went to the royal park, and there with the help of the chaplainís chief disciple (who also did not favour the sacrifice) explained the meaning of the sounds he had heard and had the sacrificial animals released. The chaplainís disciple is identified with Sariputta. The Jataka was told in reference to Pasenadi, who one night heard four syllables uttered by four inhabitants of hell. These had once been nobles of Savatthi guilty of adultery. After death they were born in four iron cauldrons. After 60,000 years they had gradually come to the top of these cauldrons and had uttered these syllables in their attempt to proclaim their misery. The king, very frightened, consulted his priests, who ordered a sacrifice. However, Mallika intervened and sent the king to see the Buddha, who explained the matter and allayed the kingís fears. 58/465 Jaataka Khuddhaka J.iii.043ff., DhA.ii.005ff, PvA.279ff. hell

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