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Academic Sutta Name Notes PSA Plae Vagga Nikaya PTS Keywords
J.484 Saalikedaara Jaataka Once when King Magadha was reigning in Rajagaha, the Bodhisatva was a parrot and looked after his aged parents. When the fields of the brahmin Kosiyagotta were ripe, the parrot went there with his flock and having fed himself, took some corn for his parents. The watchman of the fields reported this to his master and on Kosiyagotta’s instructions, a snare set and the bodhisatva caught. When he raised the alarm, the other parrots flew away. The bodhisatva then explained to Kosiyagotta why he carried corn away -- to feed his parents, his young ones and those who were in need, thus, as it were, repaying a debt, giving a loan and setting up a store of merit. The brahmin was pleased with the answer and gave permission for the parrot to take corn from all of his 1,000 acres. However, the bodhisatva accepted only eight. For the introductory story see the Saama Jaataka (J.540). Channa is identified with the watchman and Ananda with Kosiyagotta. 60/349 Jaataka Khuddhaka J.iv.276ff. filial piety

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