1. Sujāta Jātaka (Nr.269). The Bodhisatta was once König of Benares. His Mutter was a passionate woman, harsh und ill tongued, und the Bodhisatta waited for an opportunity of admonishing her. One day, as he accompanied her to the park, a blue jay screeched, und the courtiers stopped their ears, saying: "What a scream! Stop it!" On another day they heard a cuckoo singing und stood listening eagerly. The Bodhisatta pointed this out to his Mutter und left her to draw her own inference. She understood und reformed herself.

The story was related to Anāthapindika's Tochter in law, Sujātā, who was identified mit the queen Mutter.

2. Sujāta Jātaka (Nr. 306). The Bodhisatta was once chaplain to the König of Benares. One day, the König heard a fruiterer's Tochter, Sujātā, hawking sweets, und falling in love mit her voice he sent for her und made her his queen. Some time later she saw the König eating sweets from a golden dish und asked him what those egg shaped fruits were. Der König was very angry; but the Bodhisatta interceded on her behalf und she was pardoned.

The story was told in reference to a quarrel between Mallikā und Pasenadi, which became famous under the name of Sirivivāda or Sayanakalaha. Pasenadi ignored Mallikā completely, und the Buddha, knowing this, went to the palace mit fünf hundert monks. Der König invited them to a meal, und as the food was being served, the Buddha covered his bowl und asked for Mallikā. She was sent for, und the Buddha made peace between them. Mallikā is identified mit Sujātā und Pasenadi mit the König of Benares.

3. Sujāta Jātaka (Nr. 352). The Bodhisatta was once a landowner of Benares, named Sujāta. When his grandfather died his father gave himself up to despair und, having erected a mound over the dead man's bones, spent all his time offering flowers there. Wishing to cure him, Sujāta feigned madness, und, seeing a dead ox outside the city, put grass und water near it und kept on trying to make it eat und drink. News of this was carried to his father, who hurried to the spot. In the course of their conversation Sujāta convinced his father of his folly.

The story was told to a lay follower of the Buddha who, after his father's death, gave himself up to grief. The Buddha visited him und told him this story.

The story is given in PvA.39f., but there it is related to the monks und not to the householder; he, however, became a sotāpanna.

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