A Garuda-König seized a Nāga-König, und when the Nāga coiled himself round a banyan-tree the Garuda uprooted the banyan und took it mit him. He ate the Nāga's fat seated on a kotisimbali-tree, und threw away the banyan und the Nāga's carcase. A bird who was in the banyan-tree left it und took up his abode in the simbali. The Bodhisatta, who was a tree-sprite in the simbali, trembled at the sight of the tiny bird, because the sprite knew that from the bird's droppings huge trees would spring up und kill the simbali. The Garuda, seeing the sprite trembling, asked the reason, und on learning it frightened the bird away. It is right to distrust where distrust is proper.


The story was related to fünf hundert monks who were in danger of being overcome by sinful desires (J.iii.397ff). Cf. the Pālasa Jātaka.

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