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Story of a Rooster
The Illustrated Jataka & Other Stories of the Buddha by C.B. Varma
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The rooster on the tree and the cat proposing marriage, Bharhut
the Bodhisatta was born as a rooster and lived in a forest with several
hundred kinsmen. In the same forest there lived a wily cat. She had caught
and killed many roosters. As
the Bodhisatta had foiled all her manouverings to be caught, she decided
to take a fresh course of action to catch him. So, one day she came and
stopped near a bush, where the Bodhisatta was sitting. She tried to cajole
him by praising his look and other features. Finally, she proposed to woo
him and remain his faithful wife. So, she mewed,
You have the nice flashy wings,
and a graceful crest
Accept me as your wife; I shall
serve you the best
So leave the bough and come to me
Enjoy life and be care-free.
The rooster said,
O Cat! You have four feet and I have two
So, Look for other mortal to woo.
and birds cannot be one;
your luck elsewhere as you are winsome.
cat again repeated her request with the hope that the rooster would be
beguiled and come down to him to be an easy prey. But the rooster spoke in
dry and candid words,
Having been rejected, the cat never ever dared to meet her eyes with the rooster again; and left for some other place for good.
Kukkuta Jataka Jataka Pali No.383
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