Veri Jataka (#103)

temple painting of Veri Jataka

The Bodhisatta was once a wealthy merchant. When he was returning home from collecting money in a village he saw thieves on the road, so he had his oxen run as fast as they could. He reached home without being robbed and was able to relax.

In the Lifetime of the Buddha

One day Anathapindika, a wealthy supporter of the Buddha, was returning from a village and saw thieves on the road, so he urged his oxen to hurry home and he didn’t get robbed. Later he told the Buddha of his experience and the Buddha told him this story so he knew that in the past the same thing had also happened to himself.

The Buddha did not identify any earlier births other than his own.

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