Ja 152 The Story about the Jackal (who was in Love)
In the present a barber falls in love with a highborn lady and dies while his love is unreciprocated. The Buddha tells how, in a past life, a jackal fell in love with a lioness, but was rejected by her; and how her brothers, trying to avenge her, and the jackal himself, all came to a bad end.
1. Asamekkhitakammantaṁ turitābhinipātinaṁ,
Sāni kammāni tappenti, Tappati is being used here in the sense of anutappati. uṇhaṁ vajjhohitaṁ Parse: va + ajjhohitaṁ. mukhe ti.
Those who quickly undertake work, without consideration, fall, they regret those works, like they would something hot crammed into the mouth.
In this connection, those who quickly undertake work, without consideration, fall, that person who is one who likes to do work, without considering, having disregarded the fault in it, being too quick, too hasty, to do that work, falls, leaps into it, follows that course of action, who quickly undertake that work falls, thus they regret, grieve over, are weary with, those works.
In what way? Like they would something hot crammed into the mouth, just as with eating, having disregarded: “This is cool, this is hot,” when placing a hot edible inside the mouth and eating the mouth and the throat and the stomach burn, and he grieves, is wearied, so such a person, regret those works.
2. Sīho ca sīhanādena Daddaraṁ abhinādayi,
Sutvā sīhassa nigghosaṁ, siṅgālo Daddare vasaṁ
Bhīto santāsam-āpādi, hadayañ-cassa apphalī ti.
The lion resounded with a lion’s roar on the mount Daddara, having heard the lion’s shout, a jackal who dwelt near Daddara experienced fright, became terrified, and his heart burst apart.
In this connection, lion, there are four lions: a green lion, DṬ: Tiṇasīho ti tiṇasadisaharitavaṇṇo sīho; a green lion means a lion having green colour, like grass. a white lion, a black lion, a maned lion with red paws. Amongst these, here the maned lion is intended.
Resounded... on the mount Daddara, with this most frightful lion’s roar, like the sound of a falling thunderbolt, resounding on that silver mountain it made a reverberating noise.
Dwelt near Daddara, dwelling near the silver mountain mixed with quartz.
Experienced fright, became terrified, he experienced dread in the mind, fright with the fear of death.
And his heart burst apart, because of that, through fear his heart burst apart.
last updated: August 2022