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J.481 Takkaariya Jaataka | Takka Jaataka | Mahaatakkaari Jaataka Brahmadatta had, as chaplain, a tawny-brown brahmin who was toothless and whose wife had a paramour of the same attributes. Wishing for the death of the latter, the chaplain asked the king to build the southern gate of the city anew, and declared that on the day of opening, a tawny-brown brahmin should be sacrificed to the guardian spirits. The king agreed, but the chaplain, unable to restrain his wife’s conduct, told her about it. The news spread and all tawny-brown brahmins fled from the city, leaving, on the auspicious day, only the chaplain. The people demanded that he should be sacrificed to avert ill-luck, and that his pupil Takkariya (the bodhisatva) should be appointed in his place. The chaplain confessed his plan to Takkariya, who thereupon related several stories showing how ‘silence is golden’. In the end, Takkariya allowed the chaplain to flee from the city and had the corpse of a goat buried under the city gates in the dead of night. The story was related in reference to Kokalika who came to grief by abusing the Chief Disciple. The tawny-brown brahmin is identified with Kokalika. 60/293 Jaataka Khuddhaka J.iv.242ff. silence is golden


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