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Sīlavīmaṃsana Jātaka (No.305)

Sīlavīmaṃsana Jātaka (No.305).– The Bodhisatta was once a brahmin, head of five hundred students under one teacher. The teacher, wishing to test them, told them that he wished to give his daughter in marriage, and asked them to steal things for her ornaments and clothes without letting anyone know. They all did this except the Bodhisatta, who brought nothing. When asked the reason of this behaviour, he said: “You accept nothing unless brought in secrecy; but in wrong doing there is no secrecy.” The teacher then explained his intention, and, very pleased with the Bodhisatta, gave him his daughter in marriage. The names of six pupils who stole were: Dujjacca, Ajacca, Nanda, Sukha Vacchana, Vajjha and Addhuvasīla.

The story was related, late at night, to a company of monks who went about discussing the pleasures of the senses. The Buddha asked Ānanda to fetch them and taught them. At the end of the discourse they became Stream-winners. Sāriputta is identified with the teacher. J.iii.18‑20.

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