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Dabbhapuppha Jataka, Bharhut
the Bodhisatta was born as a tree spirit on the bank of a river. Also,
there lived a jackal with his wife. As his wife, the female jackal, was
very dear to him he was always intent to gratify her wishes.
day, the female jackal expressed her desire to eat the rohit fish, and requested the jackal to bring her the same. The
jackal readily agreed to bring the fish. So, he wandered on the bank of
the river to grab an opportunity to find the fish for his dear wife.
he saw two otters Gambhirachari and Anutirachari standing on the bank in
search of a rohita fish. Seeing
a big fish in the river Gambhirachari jumped into the river with a
lightning speed and caught hold the tail of the fish. But the fish was too
big for him. So it dragged
him deeper into the river. Gambhirachari then called upon his friend to
help him. Anutirachari then joined his friend to bring the fish on the
shore. After some struggle they both finally succeeded in bringing the
fish on the shore. There, they killed the fish. But then the dispute began
on the question of the division of the fish.
jackal, who was so far watching the otters, now decided to intervene. He
came near them and said that he had been the arbiter for many such cases;
and could help them by his experience. The otters agreed to his proposed
arbitration. The jackal then said:
to Anutirachari and to Gambhirachari the head;
middle to the arbiter, who must thus be paid.
he advised them not to quarrel and enjoy their shares. Delightfully, he
then seized the large portion of the fish and went away. The two otters
were left sitting there with their eyes downcast to repent:
tree spirit, who witnessed the episode then sang,
See Dabbhapuppha Jataka Jataka Pali No. 400.
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