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Academic Sutta Name Notes PSA Plae Vagga Nikaya PTS Keywords
J.498 Cittasambhuuta Jaataka The bodhisatva was once born as an untouchable in Ujjeni. He was called Citta and his brother, Sambhuta. One day, when they were out sweeping, two rich women on their way to the park noticed them and turned back. Their followers, disappointed at their loss of a picnic, beat the two untouchables. Later the two brothers went to Takkasila to study. Citta became very proficient and was sent one day, instead of his teacher, to the house of a villager who had invited the teacher and his pupils. When they were there, in a moment of forgetfulness, the brothers used the Candala dialect, and having disclosed their caste, were driven out of Takkasila. In their next birth they became does and subsequently ospreys. They were always together and met their death together. Later Citta was born as the son of the chaplain of Kosambhi and Sambhuta as the son of the king of Uttarapa~ncala. Citta became an ascetic at the age of sixteen and remembered his previous births. He waited until Sambhuta had reigned for fifty years and knowing that he also had the power to recollect previous existences, taught a stanza to a boy and sent him to recite it before the king. Sambhuta heard the stanza, remembered his brother, and after inquiry, visited Citta, who had then gone to the royal park. There Citta gave him counsel and not long afterwards, Sambhuta too, renounced the world. After death, they were both born in the brahma world. Ananda is identified with Sambhuta. The story was told in reference to two monks, colleagues of Mahakassapa, who were greatly devoted to each other. 61/031 Jaataka Khuddhaka J.iv.390ff. loyalty

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