The Bodhisatta, born as son of Jayaddisa, King of
When the boy grew up, fully
instructed in all the arts, his father made him Viceroy. Later, Jayaddisa's life
having become forfeit to the man-eating ogre (porisāda), Alīnasattu volunteered
to offer himself in his father's place. The ogre, impressed by the prince's
fearlessness and by the readiness with which he carried out his offer, refused
to eat him and absolved him from his undertaking.
Alīnasattu preached to him the
five moral laws and, having discovered that the ogre was really a human being,
offered him the throne, which, however, the latter would not accept (J.v.22ff).
In lists of births in which the
Bodhisatta is mentioned as having practised sīlapāramitā, the Alīnasattu Jātaka
is mentioned (E.g., J. i.45) (Adīnasattu, Alīnasatta, Ālīnasatta).