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J.406 Gandhaara Jaataka The Bodhisatva was once king of Gandhara and befriended the king of Videha, even though they had never met. One day the Gandhara king saw an eclipse of the moon and, having been stirred in his mind, left his kingdom and became and ascetic in the Himavanta forest. The Videha king, hearing of this, did likewise. They met in the Himavanta forest, but failed to recognize each other until seeing another eclipse, they exchanged reminiscences. They went out begging together, and the Videha ascetic, having once been given a large quantity of salt, stored up some of it for a saltless day. The Gandhara ascetic, finding this out, blamed his friend for his greediness and the latter begged his forgiveness. The Videha ascetic is identified with Ananda. The Jataka was told in reference to the occasion of legislating the rule forbidding monks from storing sattahakalika foods for more than seven days. 59/319 Jaataka Khuddhaka J.iii.363ff. eclipse, hoarding


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