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Academic Sutta Name Notes PSA Plae Vagga Nikaya PTS Keywords
J.334 Raajovaada Jaataka Once the king of Benares, wishing to discover if he ruled justly, travelled about in disguise, and, in the course of his wanderings, came to the Himalayas, where the Bodhisatva lived as an ascetic. The ascetic gave him ripe figs, and, when asked why they were so sweet, explained that the king of the country was evidently a just ruler. The king returned to his kingdom and ruled unjustly for a while -- returning again to the hermitage, he found that the figs had become bitter. The story was related to Pasenadi in order to show the importance of a king ruling wisely and justly. Ananda is identified with the king of the Jataka. See also Mahakapi Jataka (J.407). 58/606 Jaataka Khuddhaka J.iii.110ff. justice

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