Mahāsupina Jātaka (Nr. 77)

Pasenadi, König of Kosala, had, one night, sixteen bad dreams, und his brahmins, on being consulted, said that they presaged harm either to his kingdom, his life, or his wealth, und prescribed all manner of sacrifices in order to avert the danger (It is perhaps this sacrifice which is referred to at S.i.75).

Mallikā, the König's wife, heard of this und suggested that the Buddha should be consulted. Der König followed her advice, und the Buddha explained the dreams.

Having thus explained the dreams, the Buddha told Pasenadi a story of the past. A König of Benares, named Brahmadatta, had dreams similar to those of Pasenadi. When he consulted the brahmins, they began to prepare sacrifices. A young brahmin protested, saying that animal sacrifice was against the teaching of the Vedas, but they would not listen. The Bodhisatta, who was a hermit in the Himālaya, possessed of insight, became aware of what was happening, travelled through the air und took his seat in the park. There he was seen by a young brahmin, who brought the König to the park. The Bodhisatta heard the König's dreams und explained them to his satisfaction.

Ananda was the König und Sāriputta the young brahmin. J.i.334-45.

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