Cullahamsa Jātaka (No.533)
The Bodhisatta was once born as Dhatarattha,
king of ninety thousand golden geese living in Cittakūta.
One day some of his flock came upon Lake Mānusiya, near the haunts of men, and
finding it a rich feeding-ground, persuaded him much against his will to go
there with them. But immediately he alighted he was caught in a fowler's noose
and found escape impossible. He waited till the flock had fed, then gave the cry
of alarm at which all the geese flew away except his commander-in-chief, Sumukha.
When the fowler came, Sumukha offered to give his life for his king, and thereby
softened the fowler's heart. The latter set Dhatarattha free and tended his
wounds, and because of the man's great charity the king of the geese became
whole again. When the fowler suggested that they should fly home, the two geese
insisted that they should be taken to Sakula, the king of the land, the
Mahimsaka country, that they might obtain for
the fowler a suitable reward. When the king heard the story he gave to the
fowler a village yielding one hundred thousand annually, a chariot and a large
store of gold. Dhatarattha preached to the king the moral law and, after being
paid great honour, returned to Cittakūta.
The story was related in reference to Ananda's attempt to offer his life in
order to save the Buddha from being killed by the elephant
Nālāgiri. Channa is identified with the
fowler, Sāriputta with the king, and Ananda with Sumukha. J. v.333-.54;
DhA.i.119; cf. the Mahāhamsa Jātaka
and the Hamsa Jātaka.