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Story of Leather Garmet
The Illustrated Jataka & Other Stories of the Buddha by C.B. Varma
|034 - The Leather Garment|
Bodhisatta was born in the family of merchants; and sold his products to
the market. One day, when he was on a usual round of sale he saw a haughty
mendicant clad in a leather garment. The mendicant was haughty because he
had very high and false opinion of his spiritual achievements. He thought
himself the greatest; and had the illusion that every creature in the world
was there to honour him.
Soon the merchant saw a
ram bowing before the mendicant and was about to attack him, as he was
wearing a leather garment, which it had not liked. But the brahmin, on
contrary, thought that the animal was bowing before him to honour him. The
merchant, who was witnessing the whole scene from distance, however,
warned the brahmin by shouting,
O Brahmin ! Donít be rash to trust an animal
As it would make you fall.
If it goes back
It would jump and attack.
before the brahmin could hear what the merchant was saying, the ram
attacked and knocked him down on the ground, where he lay groaning in
pain; and before the merchant could attend to him for some first aid he
succumbed to the injury.
The merchant, ascetic and the ram (left). The ram knocks down the ascetic, Bharhut
See Chamma-Sataka Jataka Jataka Pali no. 324.
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