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Academic Sutta Name Notes PSA Plae Vagga Nikaya PTS Keywords
J.536 Ku.nala Jaataka Kunala, king of the citrakokila-birds, though well served by his hen consorts, always despised them and found fault with them. The king of the phussakokila-birds, Punnamukha, however, always sang the praises of his consorts. One day the two kings met and Punnamukha asked why Kunala was not more gracious to his women. ‘Because I already know too much about women’ he answered. Later Punnamukha fell ill and his escorts deserted him, coming to Kunala. Kunala drove them away and tended to Punnamukha himself. Subsequently Kunala related his many lifetimes of woe as the result of the deceitfulness, ingratitude and immorality of women. The Jataka is related in order to destroy the discontent that rose in the hearts of the Sakyan youths, kinsmen of the Buddha, who having entered the Order, were troubled by the thought of the wives they had left behind. They became arahants as the result of hearing the Jataka. 62/514 Jaataka Khuddhaka J.v.412ff. women

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