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Academic Sutta Name Notes PSA Plae Vagga Nikaya PTS Keywords
J.525 Cullasutasoma Jaataka The bodhisatva was once born as the son of king Sudassana of Benares, under the name of Soma. Because he was fond of soma-juice he was called Sutasoma. When he came of age his father gave up the throne to him, and he had 16,000 wives, of whom Candadevi was the chief consort. As time went on his family became very great and he wished to become and ascetic as soon as grey hair appeared on his head. Everyone in the palace tried to turn him from his resolve -- rich merchants offered him their immense wealth but all in vain. Having handed over the kingdom to his brother Somadatta, he donned the garb of an ascetic and left the city unknown to anyone. When his departure was discovered, all the inhabitants of the city left their belongings to follow him. Sakka sent Vissakamma to build a hermitage thirty leagues in extent, for all of them. 61/694 Jaataka Khuddhaka J.v.177ff. aging, grey hair

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