Ja 118 Vaṭṭakajātaka
The Story about the (Starving) Quail

In the present one merchant’s son, previously a Brahmā god, is reluctant to get involved with women, sees his chance and ordains instead, quickly attaining release. The Buddha tells how a wise quail in the past escaped death by making himself unfit for consumption by starving himself.

−−⏑−¦−⏑⏑−¦¦⏑−⏑⏑¦⏑−⏑− Siloka bhavipulā
1. Nācintayanto puriso visesam-adhigacchati,
The unthinking person does not attain a distinction, but look

−⏑−⏑¦⏑−−−¦¦−−⏑⏑¦⏑−⏑− Siloka pathyā
Cintitassa phalaṁ passa: muttosmi’ vadhabandhanā ti.
At the fruit of the thoughtful one: I am free from bondage and death.

Tatthāyaṁ {1.435} piṇḍattho:
In this connection, this is the substance of it:

Puriso dukkhaṁ patvā:
The person, having come into suffering, thinks:

“Iminā nāma upāyena imamhā dukkhā muccissāmī” ti,
“With this means for sure I will be free from this suffering,”

acintayanto attano dukkhā mokkhasaṅkhātaṁ, visesaṁ nādhigacchati.
unthinking he does not attain a distinction reckoned as free from suffering.

Idāni pana mayā cintitakammassa phalaṁ passa.
But now with me look at the fruit of the one whose action is thoughtful.

Teneva upāyena muttosmi vadhabandhanā,
By this means I am free from bondage and death,

maraṇato ca bandhanato ca muttosmi ahan-ti.
from death and from bondage I am free.