Rohini Jataka (#45)

The Bodhisatta was once a royal treasurer. The mother of one of his slaves came to visit her daughter while she was pounding rice. As she lied down, the mother was being bit by flies and asked her daughter to shoo them away. Instead, without thinking, the daughter tried to kill the flies with her pestle, and hit her mother so hard that she died. When the Bodhisatta heard what happened he told those around him that smart enemies are better than stupid friends.

In the Lifetime of the Buddha

While visiting the Buddha, the king’s treasurer told him one of his slave girls had killed her mother by smashing her with a pestle while intending to kill flies. The Buddha told him this story so he knew his slave and her mother had done the exact same thing in earlier births.

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