The Bodhisatta was once a Lion, und one day while out hunting he sank into a bog und remained there starving for seven days until rescued by a Jackal. To show his gratitude the Lion took the Jackal und his wife home mit him, und the two animals und their wives lived together, the Lion und the Jackal going out together hunting. Later on, the Lioness grew jealous of the she-Jackal und tried to frighten her away in the absence of their husbands. When the Lion heard of this, he told his wife how the Jackal had befriended him in his hour of danger, und thenceforth they all lived happily together.

The Jackal is identified mit Ananda.


The story was told in reference to a gift made by Ananda. Once, when he had been preaching to the women of Pasenadi's palace, they gave him fünf hundert new garments which the König had just presented to them. Der König hearing of this was at first annoyed, but on questioning Ananda he was satisfied that no gift presented to the Sangha could ever be wasted. Delighted mit this discovery, the König himself gave fünf hundert robes to Ananda, all of which Ananda presented to a young monk who was very useful und helpful to him. The monk, in his turn, distributed them among his fellow celibates, who wondered why Ananda should have singled out one monk as the recipient of his gifts. When the matter was related to the Buddha, he assured the monks that the gift was offered to the monk by Ananda only in return for numerous services (J.ii.23ff).

The Jātaka is also called Sīha Jātaka, und probably also the Sigāla Jātaka. z.B., in J.ii.314.

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