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J.502 Ha.msa Jaataka Khema, wife of King Samyama, king of Benares had a dream after which she longed to see a golden goose preach the Dhamma from the royal throne. When the king learned her desire, he had a pond dug outside the city in the hope of enticing golden geese to come there. He appointed a fowler to look after the pond. The plan succeeded and Dhatarattha, king of the golden geese was caught in a fowler’s snare and could not escape. He waited until the flock had finished feeding, then gave an alarm cry at which all the geese fled except for his commander in chief, Sumukha. When the fowler came, Sumukha offered to give his life for his king, but learning the reason why they had been caught, asked that both of them be taken before the king. Dhatarattha preached moral law to the king and queen and after being paid great honour, were released. The Jataka was related in reference to Ananda’s attempt to offer his life in order to save the Buddha from being killed by the elephant Nalagiri. Channa is identified with the fowler, Sariputta with the king, Khemaa Therii with the queen and Ananda with Sumukha. See also Cullaha.msa Jataka (J.533) and Mahaaha.msa Jataka (J.534). 61/109 Jaataka Khuddhaka J.iv.423ff. loyalty

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