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J.412 Ko.tasimbali Jaataka | Ko.tisimbali Jaataka A garuda king seized a naga king and when the naga coiled himself around a banyan tree, the garuda uprooted the banyan and took it with him. He ate the Nagaís fat seated on a kotisimbali tree and threw away the banyan and the Nagaís carcase. A bird who was in the banyan tree left it and took up abode in the simbali. The bodhisatva who was a tree sprite in the simbali, trembled at the sight of the tiny bird, because the sprite knew that from the birdís droppings huge trees would spring up and kill the simbali. The garuda, seeing the tree-sprite trembling, asked the reason, and on learning it, frightened the bird away. It is right to see danger in small things. The story was related to five hundred monks who were in danger of being overcome by sinful desires. See also Palaasa Jaataka (J.370). 59/395 Jaataka Khuddhaka J.iii.397ff. seeing danger in small things.

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