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Source: Adapted from Archaic translation by Robert ChalmersEdit

JATAKA No. 104


"From four to eight."--This story was told by the Master while at Jetavana monastery, concerning an unruly Brother(Monk). The incidents are the same as those in the previous story of Mittavindaka (*1), but belong to the days of the Buddha Kashyapa.

Now at that time one of the damned who had put on the circlet and was suffering the tortures of hell, asked the Bodhisattva--"Lord, what sin have I committed?" The Bodhisattva detailed the man's evil deeds to hire and uttered this stanza:-

From four to eight, to sixteen from there, and so
To thirty-two insatiate greed did go,
Still pressing on till insatiety
Did win the circlet's griding misery.

So saying he went back to the Realm of Devas(Angels), but the other dwelling in hell till his sin had been purged from him. Then he passed from there to fare according to his deeds.

His lesson ended, the Master identified the Birth by saying, "This unruly Brother(Monk) was then Mittavindaka and I the Deva(Angel)."


(1)No. 41.

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