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J.388 Tu.n.dila Jaataka The Bodhisatva was once born as a pig, Mahatundila, and had a brother, Cullatundila. They were adopted by an old woman of a village near Benares. The woman loved them like her own children and refused to sell them. However, one day when someone lewd made her drunk, she agreed to sell Cullatundila. When Cullatundila heard the news, he ran to his brother, but the latter preached to him how it was the fate of pigs to be slaughtered for their flesh. He should therefore meet his death bravely. All Benares heard the Bodhisatvaís preaching and flocked to the spot. The king adopted the pigs as his sons and Mahatundila was appointed to the seat of judgement. On the kingís death, he wrote a book of law for the guidance of future generations. The story was related in reference to a monk who was in constant terror of the thought of death. The monk is identified with Cullatundila. It is said that the lewd men were identical with the Bhaddavaggiya. Having heard Mahatundila preach the Five Precepts, they observed them for 60,000 years -- hence their attainment of arahantship in their final birth. 59/136 Jaataka Khuddhaka J.iii.286ff., DhA.i.083ff. ëbabeí, death, majjhumara, tundilovada

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