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J.413 Dhuumakaari Jaataka Dhana~njaya, king of Indapattana, was wont to neglect his old warriors and show favour only to newcomers. The result was that once he suffered defeat in a rebellion. On his return from battle, he consulted his chaplain Vidhurapandita (the Bodhisatva) who told him of a goatherd of yore called Dhumakari. Once when Dhumakari was tending his goats, a herd of golden deer came from the Himalayas. He looked after the deer and neglected his own goats. In the autumn the deer went back to the mountains and he found that his goats had died of starvation. The story was told to Pasenadi who, like Dhana~njaya, suffered defeat and for the same reasons. Pasenadi sought the consolation of the Buddha who told him the ancient tale. Dhana~njaya is identified with Ananda and Dhumakari with Pasenadi. 59/406 Jaataka Khuddhaka J.iii.400ff. elation with newness

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