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J.463 Suppaaraka Jaataka The bodhisatva was once a master mariner of Bhaarukaccha. His eyes were injured by the salt water and he went completely blind. The king appointed him valuer and assessor. One day an elephant was brought before him which was designated to be the state elephant, but feeling it over with his hands, he condemned it saying that its mother had dropped it in its youth, injuring its hind feet. He similarly condemned a horse, a chariot and a blanket for various reasons -- all of which were originally designated for royal use. All his judgements were verified by the king and found to be correct -- but the king gave Suppaaraka only eight pieces for each of his decisions so he left the king’s service in disgust. Some merchants commissioned a ship and while searching for a captain, thought of Suppaaraka. At first he refused, and later accepted, navigating the ship successfully through various oceans and surviving a storm by means of an Act of Truth, returning safely to Bhaarukaccha. The Jataka is related in reference to the Buddha’s perfection of wisdom. See also Jatakamala No.14. 60/095 Jaataka Khuddhaka J.iv.136ff. observation, wisdom

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