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Academic Sutta Name Notes PSA Plae Vagga Nikaya PTS Keywords
J.494 Saadhina Jaataka | Saadhinaraaja Jaataka The bodhisatva was once born as Saadhiina, king of Mithila. He built six alms-halls and spent 60,000 daily on alms. He lived a good life and his subjects followed his example. In the assembly of devas his praises were spoken and various devas wished to see him. Sakka sent Matali with his chariot to fetch Saadhiina to Tavatimsa. When he arrived, Sakka gave him half his kingdom and his luxuries. For 700 human years, Saadhiina ruled in heaven and becoming disatisfied, returned to his royal park on earth. The park-keeper brought news of his arrival to Narada the reigning king, seventh in direct descent from Saadhiina. Narada arrived, paid homage to Saadhiina and offered him the kingdom. However, Saadhiina turned down his offer, saying that all he wanted was to offer alms for seven days. Narada arranged a vast largesse for distribution. For seven days Saadhiina gave alms and on the seventh day he died and was born in Tavatimsa. The story was related to the laity to show them the importance of keeping the observance day. Ananda is identified with Narada, and Anuruddha with Sakka. Saadhiina was one of the four human beings who went to Tavatimsa while in their human body. 60/494 Jaataka Khuddhaka J.iv.355ff. royal virtue

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