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Academic Sutta Name Notes PSA Plae Vagga Nikaya PTS Keywords
J.541 Nimi Jaataka | Nemiraaja Jaataka Once the bodhisatva was reborn as the son of the king of Mithila, in the Videha country. He was a rebirth of Makha-deva who came down among men from the Brahma world in order to bring the total of world-renouncers in his family to a total of 84,000. Because the boy was born to ‘round off’ the family, like the hoop of a chariot, he was called Nemi (hoop). On his father’s renunciation, he came to the throne and engaged himself and all his subjects in righteousness and generosity. Once, when doubt arose in his mind as to which was more fruitful, the holy life or giving alms, Sakka himself appeared before him to answer and encourage him. His fame spread to Tavatimsa and when gods desired to see him, Sakka sent his chariot with Matali, to fetch him. On the way to Tavatimsa, Matali showed the king various hells and heavens and the palaces of various gods and goddesses. Arriving at the Sudhamma Hall, Nimi discoursed to the assembled gods. After staying in Tavatimsa for seven days, he returned to Mithila to tell his subjects what he had seen. When later, his barber told him of the appearance of his first white hair, he, like all his predecessors, handed over the throne to his son and became an ascetic. His son, Kalarajanaka, was the last of the eighty-four thousand kings of Makhadeva’s dynasty. The story was told by the Buddha when he visited Mithila. He smiled when he came across the site of Makhadeva’s palace, and when asked why he smiled and related the Jataka. Anuruddha is identified with Sakka and Ananda with Matali. The story forms the basis of the Makhadeva Sutta (M.083) and is included in the Cariyapitaka (Cyp.i.006, CypA.042ff.) 63/213 Jaataka Khuddhaka heaven, hell, renunciation

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