Kalakanni Jataka (#83)

The Bodhisatta was once a treasurer. One of his childhood friends, whose name was Curse, came upon hard times and the Bodhisatta hired him to look after his property. The Bodhisatta’s friends thought it was inappropriate to speak such as name around the house, especially for a wretch such as this man, and said he should be fired. The Bodhisatta insisted superstition about names had no merit and rejected their advice.

One time while the Bodhisatta was traveling, a band of armed robbers who knew about his trip surrounded his house to break in. But Curse, who was there alone, had a suspicion robbers were coming, so he stayed up all night waiting. When he heard them, Curse ran around the house making loud noises to convince the robbers there were actually many people there, so they threw down their weapons and left. The next morning the people who had wanted Curse banished now glorified him for being so wise. When the Bodhisatta returned home he mocked his friends because if he had listened to their advice, he would be a beggar now.

In the Lifetime of the Buddha

Anathapindika, a wealthy supporter of the Buddha, told him a story about how his friend named Curse had cleverly saved all his wealth from robbers while he was away from home. The Buddha told him this story so he knew the exact same thing had happened in the past to a man also named Curse.

Curse from those days was an earlier birth of Ananda, one of the Buddha’s top disciples.

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