Ja 60 Saṅkhadhamanajātaka
The Story about the Conch Blower (1s)

Alternative Title: Saṅkhadhamajātaka (Cst)

An analogue to the previous story, in this one after meeting with a disobedient monk, the Buddha tells him of how, when they were conch blowers in a past life, his father hadn’t listened to his good advice, but had attracted the attention of thieves, and lost all their earnings.

The Bodhisatta = the son (putta),
the wilful monk = his father (pitā).
Keyword: Disobedience, Wilfulness.

“Go not too far.” [1.147] This story was told by the Teacher while at Jetavana, about another wilful person.

In the past when Brahmadatta was reigning in Benares, the Bodhisatta came to life as a conch-blower, and went up to Benares with his father to a public festival. There he earned a great deal of money by his conch-blowing, and started for home again. On his way through a forest which was infested by robbers, he warned his father not to keep on blowing his conch; but the old man thought he knew better how to keep the robbers off, and blew away hard without a moment’s pause. Accordingly, just as in the preceding story, the robbers returned and plundered the pair. And, as above, the Bodhisatta repeated this verse:

1. “Go not too far, but learn excess to shun;
For over-blowing lost what blowing won.”

His lesson ended, the Teacher showed the connection and identified the Jātaka by saying: “This wilful monk was the father of those days, and I myself his son.”