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J.371 Diighiitikosala Jaataka Dighayu was born to Dighiti, king of Kosala and his queen while in hiding, after his capital had been captured by Brahmadatta, king of Kasi. Before his birth, the mother's morning sickness made her crave to see an army drawn up in battle array.Dighiti appeased her craving with the help of his friend, the chaplain of Brahmadatta Dighayu was sent away from the city in case harm should befall him. Later the place of hiding was discovered and the king and queen were taken away for execution.Dighayu, who was visiting the city, saw them on their way for execution, and when Dighiti recognized his son, he advised 'look not too far and not too near'. Understanding his father's advice, he entered the personal service of Brahmadatta as an elephant trainer, a musician and eventually as a personal servant.Even though he wished to avenge the death of his parents, he remembered his father's advice and desisted. It is stated in the Jataka that the full story is given in the Sanghabhedaka Jataka (J.349). No such story is, however to be found, unless it is another name for the Kosambi Jataka (J.428). The story of Dighiti was related in reference to the quarrelsome monks of Kosambi. Some of the stanzas found in the Jataka story are repeated in the Upakkilesa Sutta (M.128). 58/848 Jaataka Khuddhaka J.iii.211ff., Vin.i.342ff., J.iii.487

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