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Academic Sutta Name Notes PSA Plae Vagga Nikaya PTS Keywords
J.359 Suva.n.namiga Jaataka The bodhisatva was once a golden stag who lived happily with a beautiful doe. The stag was leader of eight myriads of deer. One day a hunter set a snare and the bodhisatvaís foot got entangled therein. He gave a succession of warning cries and the herd fled. The doe, however, came up to him and encouraged him to try to break the noose. However, all his efforts were in vain, and when the hunter approached, the doe went up to him and asked to be allowed to die in her mateís place. The hunter was so touched that he set them both free and the stag gave him a magic jewel which he had found on the feeding ground. The Jataka was told in reference to a girl of Savatthi who belonged to a family devoted to the two chief disciples. She married an unbeliever but was allowed to practise her own religion unmolested. She finally persuaded her husband to hear a sermon by Sariputta and both husband and wife became sotapannas. Later they joined the Order and became arahants. Channa (the husband) is identified with the hunter while the woman was the doe. 58/775 Jaataka Khuddhaka J.iii.182ff. loyalty

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