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J.437 Puutima.msa Jaataka Once, on the slopes of the Himalayas, lived a jackal called Putimamsa with his mate Veni. Nearby dwelled a flock of wild goats. Putimamsa formed a strategy for killing the goats one-by-one and eating their flesh until only a nanny-goat named Melamata remained. Wishing to devour her as well, Putimamsa suggested to Veni that he should pretend to be dead and that Veni should entice Melamata into the cave by asking her to assist in the funeral rites. The nanny-goat was too wise to be fooled. Veni tried to deceive her again, saying that Putimamsa had recovered at the sight of her and she was invited to a feast to celebrate his return to health. Melamata agreed to attend together with friends of hers who were all fierce dogs. At this suggestion, Putimamsa and Veni fled from their cave, taking refuge elsewhere. The story was told to the monks in order to impress on them the necessity for keeping guard over the senses. 59/730 Jaataka Khuddhaka J.iii.532ff. restraint of the senses

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