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J.321 Ku.tiduusaka Jaataka A singila bird, seeing a monkey shivering in the rain, suggested to him that he should build a nest. The monkey, in envy, destroyed the birdís nest. The story was told in reference to a novice ulunkasaddaka, who had burned down Kassapaís kuti in a forest near Rajagaha. At that time, Kassapa had two novices, one who was a helpful attendant, the other ill-behaved. Whatever the good novice did, the bad novice would take for credit himself. One day, in exasperation, the good novice heated water for Kassapaís bath and then hid it in a back room, leaving only a little in the boiler. When the other novice saw the steam rising, he informed Kassapa that the water was ready. When asked where all the water had gone, the bad novice dipped a ladle in the boiler and it rattled against the bottom (thenceforth he was nicknamed ëulunkasaddakaí -- lit. rattle-ladle). Being found fault with on this and other occasions, he bore Kassapa a grudge, and one day, having set fire to the elderís kuti, he ran away. Later he was born as a hungry ghost and subsequently in Aveci. This incident was reported to the Buddha by monks who came from Rajagaha. The monkey in the Jataka is identified with the bad novice. 58/522 Jaataka Khuddhaka J.iii.071ff. fool, grudge


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