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Academic Sutta Name Notes PSA Plae Vagga Nikaya PTS Keywords
J.387 Suuci Jaataka The bodhisatva was once a very clever smith of Kasi, but was very poor. The principal royal smith had a beautiful daughter and the bodhisatva, wishing to win her, made a delicate needle that could pierce dice and float on water. For this needle, he made seven sheaths. He then went to the village of the head smith, stood outside the house and sang the praises of the needle. The smithÝs daughter, who was fanning her father, spoke to the bodhisatva and asked him to go elsewhere as no-one in that village would want needles. The bodhisatva answered that his were no ordinary needles and the head-smith asked him to show them. The bodhisatva suggested that all the smiths be summoned and in their presence, he gave the needle-tube to the head smith. He thought it was the needle itself, because he could find no end or tip. The tube was handed back to the bodhisatva who took out the first sheath. In this way the seven sheaths were removed and when the needle was at last revealed, he made it pierce an anvil and float on water. The whole assembly was filled with envy and admiration and the head smith gave his daughter to the bodhisatva. The story was related in similar circumstances to the Mahaummagga Jataka (J.546). The smithÝs daughter is identified with Raahulamaataa. 59/127 Jaataka Khuddhaka J.iii.281ff. craftsmanship, resourcefulness

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