Sangāmāvacara Jātaka (No. 182)
The Bodhisatta was once a skilled elephant trainer. The
king, in whose service he was, attacked Benares, riding the state elephant; but
the elephant was so soared by the missiles and noise that he would not approach
the place. Thereupon his trainer encouraged him, telling him that he should feel
at home on the battlefield, and the elephant, impressed by his words, broke down
all obstacles and achieved victory for his master.
The story was told in reference to the Buddha's step
brother Nanda (q..v), who, at first, kept the precepts of the Order, because the
Buddha had promised to get for him the dove footed nymphs (kakutapādiniyo) of
Sakka's heaven; but later, moved by Sāriputta's words, he put forth effort and
attained arahantship. Nanda was the elephant and Ananda the king. J. ii.92 5.