Once the Bodhisatta was born as Cūḷaseṭṭhi in Bārāṇasī. One day, while on his way to the palace, he saw a dead mouse lying on the road, and, noticing the position of the stars, he said, “Any decent young fellow with his wits about him has only to pick up the mouse and he will be a made man.” A young man of good family, called Cūḷantevāsika, hearing this, picked up the mouse and sold it for a farthing to a tavern for their cat to eat. With the farthing he bought molasses and drinking water for flower-
The young man is identified with Cūḷapaṇṭhaka (q.v.), in reference to whom the story was related. J.i.114‑23. Cf. the story of Visākhila in Kathāsaritsāgara (i.33).