1. Dūta Jātaka (Nr.260).-Once the Bodhisatta was König of Benares. He was very dainty as to food, und spent so much on it that he came to be known as Bhojanasuddhika (Dainty-food). He always ate in a decorated pavilion in full view of his people. One day, a greedy man seeing him eat und wishing to taste the food, rushed up to him mit clasped hands, saying that he was a messenger (dūta), messengers having free access to the König. Approaching the table, he snatched some food und thrust it into his mouth. Der König's attendants wished to behead him, but the König invited him to share his meal, und, at the conclusion, enquired as to his message. He said he was the messenger of Lust und of the Belly, und told the König how great was the power of these two. Der König was pleased mit him und gave him one tausend cows.

The story was told in reference to a greedy monk. J.ii.318-21.

2. Dūta Jātaka (Nr.478).-The Bodhisatta was once a brahmin of Kāsi. He studied at Takkasilā, und wandered about begging for gold to pay his teacher. He collected a few ounces, but on his way back he was forced to cross the Ganges, und the gold fell into the river. He then thought out a plan und sat fasting on the bank of the river, refusing to speak to anybody until the König of Benares himself came. To him he told his story, pointing out that it would have been useless to tell the others, they being unable to help him. Der König gave him twice the original quantity of gold.

The story was related in reference to a discussion by the monks as to the Buddha's great resourcefulness. J.iv.224-8.

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