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J.493 Mahaavaa.nija Jaataka A company of merchants once went astray in the forest without food or water, and, seeing a huge banyan tree with moist branches, they cut off a branch and water poured out, from another branch came food, from another a company of girls and from the fourth precious things. Overcome by greed, they wished to cut the tree from its roots in order to get more. Their leader, the bodhisatva tried to prevent this, but they refused to listen. Consequently, the Naga king who lived in the tree, ordered his followers to slay all the merchants except the leader. Him, the nagas escorted to his home with all the treasures. The Jataka was told to a company of merchants from Savatthi, followers of the Buddha, who had a similar experience. However, having only moderate desires, they made no attempt to cut down the tree. They then returned Savatthi, and offering some of the precious things to the Buddha, dedicated the merit therefrom to the deity of the tree. The Buddha praised their moderation. Sariputta is identified with the Naga King. 60/484 Jaataka Khuddhaka J.iv.350ff. moderation

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