a golden gander paired with a female crow, who gave birth to an offspring.
They called him Vinilaka (Dingy), as he was neither golden like his father;
nor black like his mother. The
gander was also married to a resplendent white goose, who gave birth to
two wise, white and comely ganders.
female crow and her son lived in Mithila. So, the gander often visited
her and his son, Vinilaka there. One day, when he returned from Mithila,
the two young ganders asked him as to where was he coming from. The father
said that he had been to Mithila to visit his other son, who was born
of a female crow. As he was his father too, as he was theirs, so he had
visited him in Mithila. The two young ones then thought of helping their
father. So, they proposed to bring Vinilaka to their abode.
obtained the address of Vinilaka and the consent of his father to bring
Vinilaka, they flew to Mithila. There, after greeting Vinilaka and introducing
themselves, they conveyed their intention to carry him to their father.
Vinilaka happily welcomed the invitation. So, the two asked him to perch
on a stick, which they could hold by their beaks and fly to their abode.
When Vinilaka was thus
being flown, Videha, the king of Mithila was visiting some place on his
royal chariot underneath. His chariot had four milky-white horses. Seeing
the king being carried by four white horses on the land and he himself
being carried by two white ganders in the air he thought that he was greater
than the king. So, he shouted, “I am the Greatest. I am superior to king
Videha, because he is being carried by the white horses on the land; but
I have the subjects, who carry me in the air”. The two ganders were offended
and thought of dropping him on the ground. But considering the possible
grief of their father they silently brought him before the latter. But
they informed him what Vinilaka had uttered on the way. The father gander
also considered that Vinilaka was not fit to stay with them. So, he asked
him to go back to Mithila. The two ganders again carried Vinilaka and
flew to his city. There, they dropped him on the heap of dung and flew
back. Since then Vinilika lived there, in the place most suitable to him.
Vinilaka Jataka Jataka Pali No.