Katahaka Jataka, Katāhaka-jātaka: 1 definition



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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

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Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

Once when the Bodhisatta was a rich treasurer in Benares a son was born to him. A female slave in the house gave birth to a son on the same day. The boys grew up together, the slaves son being called Katahaka. Katahaka acquired various arts in the company of his master. When he grew up he was appointed as the Treasurers private secretary. One day he visited a merchant on the frontier, carrying a letter purporting to be from the Treasurer (in which he was stated to be the son of the latter), asking for the hand of the merchants daughter in marriage. The merchant was overjoyed, and the marriage took place. Katahaka gave himself great airs and spoke contemptuously of everything provincial. The Treasurer, discovering what had happened, decided to visit the merchant, but Katahaka went to meet him on the way, and paying him all the honour due from a slave, begged him not to expose him. Meanwhile, he had misled his wifes relations into the belief that the homage, paid by him to the Treasurer, was but the regard due from a son to his father. He was not like the sons of other parents, but knew what was due to his father. The Bodhisatta, being pleased, did not expose the slave, but on learning from Katahakas wife that Katahaka always complained of his food, he taught her a stanza which contained the threat - not intelligible to her, though clear to Katahaka - that if Katahaka continued to make a nuisance of himself, the Treasurer would return and expose him. Thenceforth Katahaka held his peace.

The story was related in reference to a monk who used to boast of his high lineage and the wealth of his family until his pretensions were exposed (J.i.451ff).

According to the Dhammapada Commentary (DhA.iii.357ff), the story was told in reference to a monk named Tissa who would complain, no matter what attentions were paid to him.

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Theravāda is a major branch of Buddhism having the the Pali canon (tipitaka) as their canonical literature, which includes the vinaya-pitaka (monastic rules), the sutta-pitaka (Buddhist sermons) and the abhidhamma-pitaka (philosophy and psychology).

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