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Academic Sutta Name Notes PSA Plae Vagga Nikaya PTS Keywords
J.532 Sonananda Jaataka Once when Manoja was king of Brahmavaddhana (Benares), the Bodhisatva was born as Sona, the son of a rich brahmin. He had a brother Nanda. When the boys grew up, their parents wanted them to marry, but they refused and declared their desire to become ascetics after the death of their parents. The parents then suggested that the whole family should become ascetics -- and they became ascetics in the Himalayas. Later Nanda was dismissed by Sona for bringing his parents unripe fruit. Nanda thereupon sought Manoja and with his magic power helped him to bring 101 other kings under subjection of Benares within seven years, seven months and seven days. Manoja wanted to thank Nanda and was asked to intercede and win Sona’s forgiveness, this he did and the family were re-united. The occasion for the Jataka is the same as for the Saama Jataka (J.540), regarding a monk who supported his mother. Nanda is identified with Ananda and Manoja with Sariputta. The Jataka is also found at Cyp.iii.v. 62/272 Jaataka Khuddhaka J.v.312ff. filial piety, renunciation

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