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J.503 Sattigumba Jaataka Two parrots were once carried away by the wind during the moulting season. One of the fell among the weapons of a robber-village and was called Sattigumba -- theother fell in a hermitage among flowers and was called Pupphaka. The latter was the bodhisatva. One day, Pa~ncala, king of Uttarapa~ncala, went out hunting. While chasing a deer with his charioteer, he was separated from his bodyguard and found himself in a glen near the robber’s village. There he slept. The robbers were away leaving only Sattigumba and a cook named Patikolamba. The parrot, seeing the king, plotted with the cook to kill him. The king overheard the plan and fled with his charioteer. In his flight he came to the hermitage where he was made welcome by Pupphaka until the return of the hermits. The king told the story and Pupphaka explained that though he and Sattigumba were brothers, their upbringing had been different, which accounted for the difference in their natures. The king decreed immunity to all parrots and provided for the comfort of the hermits in his park. The story was told with reference to Devadatta’s attempt to kill the Buddha by hurling a stone at him. Sattigumba is identified with Devadatta and the king with Ananda. 61/128 Jaataka Khuddhaka J.iv.430ff. association

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