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Academic Sutta Name Notes PSA Plae Vagga Nikaya PTS Keywords
J.436 Samugga Jaataka | Kara.n.daka Jaataka The bodhisatva was once an ascetic of great iddhi-power. Near his hut lived an asura who from time to time listened to his preaching. One day the asura saw a beautiful woman of Kasi going with an escort to visit her parents. The asura swooped down on the party and, as soon as the men had fled, took the woman and made her his wife. For her safe protection, he put her in a box which he then swallowed. Some time later the asura went to bathe and having taken out the box and let the woman bathe, he allowed her to remain free until he himself had bathed. A son of Vayu, a magician, was travelling through the air, and the woman, seeing him, invited him to her box and there covered him up. The asura, unsuspecting, closed the box and swallowed it. He then visited the bodhisatva who greeted him with the words ëwelcome to all three of youí. The asura expressed his surprise and the bodhisatva explained the matter to him. The box was produced and the truth of his story proved. The magician went his way and the woman was allowed to go hers. The story was related to a monk who was hankering after a woman. 59/718 Jaataka Khuddhaka J.iii.527ff. possessiveness, women, desire

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