"Our old friend,"--The Master told this tale while dwelling in Jetavana, concerning a greedy Brother. The occasion is as above.
"Once upon a time when Brahmadatta was reigning in Benares, the Bodhisattva was a pigeon and lived in a nest-basket in the kitchen of a Benares merchant. A crow became intimate with him and lived there also. Here the story is to be expanded. The cook pulled out the crow's feathers and sprinkled him with flour, then piercing a cowrie he hung it on the crow's neck and threw him into a basket. The Bodhisattva came from the wood, and seeing him made a jest and spoke the first stanza:--
"'Our old friend! look at him!
"The crow hearing him spoke the second stanza:--
"'My nails and hair had grown so fast,
"Then the Bodhisattva spoke the third stanza:--
"'Granted you got a barber then,
"Then the crow uttered two stanzas:--
"'Men of fashion wear a gem
"'If you're really envious
"The Bodhisattva hearing him spoke the sixth stanza:--
"'Nay, 'tis you they best become,
"With these words he flew up and went elsewhere; and the crow died then and there."
After the lesson, the Master declared the Truths and identified the Birth:--After the Truths, the greedy Brother was established in the fruition of the Third Path: "At that time the crow was the greedy Brother, the pigeon was myself."