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Romaka Jātaka (No.277)

v.l. Pārāpata Jātaka.– The Bodhisatta was once born its king of a flock of pigeons (pārāpata). For a long time they visited regularly a good ascetic in a cave nearby, until, one day, he left and his place was taken by a sham ascetic. The pigeons continued their visits, until one day the villagers served the ascetic with a dish of pigeon’s flesh, and he, liking the flavour, conceived the desire to kill the pigeons. The Bodhisatta, suspecting his intentions, warned his followers and charged the ascetic with hypocrisy. J.ii.382‑4; cp. Godha Jātaka (No.325).

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