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Mahāmora Jātaka (No.491)

The Bodhisatta was once reborn as a golden peacock. Realising that he would be in danger due to his beauty he went to live in Himavā. One day, the queen of Brahmadatta the king of Bārāṇasī had a dream about a golden peacock teaching the Dhamma. When the peacock rose to depart, the queen cried out to catch him, and then awoke. Telling the king of her dream, she said that she would die if she did not get the golden peacock. The king sent a hunter to capture the peacock, but he could not be caught because every day he recited the Mora Paritta (q.v.) The hunter employed a pea-hen as a decoy. The peacock, being lustful forgot to recite the protection discourse, and so was trapped.

At the end of the discourse, the Buddha identified himself as the golden peacock, and the back-sliding monk for whose benefit it was taught, attained Stream-winning. (J.iv.333)

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