Mora Jataka, aka: Mora-jātaka; 2 Definition(s)
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Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)
The Bodhisatta was once born as a golden peacock and lived on a golden hill in Dandaka. He used to recite one spell in honour of the sun and another in praise of the Buddhas, and thus he was protected from all harm. Khema, queen of Benares, saw in a dream a golden peacock preaching. She longed for the dream to come true and told it to the king. He made enquiries, and sent hunters to catch the golden peacock, but they failed. Khema died of grief, and the king, in his anger, inscribed on a golden plate that anyone eating the flesh of the golden peacock would be immortal. His successors, seeing the inscription, sent out hunters, but they, too, failed to catch the Bodhisatta.
Six kings in succession failed in this quest. The seventh engaged a hunter who, having watched the Bodhisatta, trained a peahen to cry at the snap of his finger. The hunter laid his snare, went with the peahen and made her cry. Instantly, the golden peacock forgot his spell and was caught in the snare. When he was led before the king and told the reason for his capture, he agreed with the king that his golden colour was owing to good deeds done in the past as king of that very city, and that he was a peacock owing to some sin he had committed. The eating of his flesh could not make anyone young or immortal, seeing that he himself was not immortal. Being asked to prove his words, he had the lake near the city dredged, when the golden chariot in which he used to ride was discovered. The king thereupon paid him great honour and led him back to Dandaka.
The story was told to a backsliding monk who was upset by the sight of a woman magnificently attired.
Ananda is identified with the king of Benares (J.ii.33 8; the story is alluded to at J.iv.414). See also Moraparitta.Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names
Theravāda is a major branch of Buddhism having the the Pali canon (tipitaka) as their canonical literature, which includes the vinaya-pitaka (monastic rules), the sutta-pitaka (Buddhist sermons) and the abhidhamma-pitaka (philosophy and psychology).
Languages of India and abroad
Mora, (the contracted, regular P. form of *Sk. mayūra, viâ *ma-ūra›mora. See also Geiger, P. Gr. § 27 & Pischel, Prk. Gr. § 166.—Vedic only mayūrī f. pea-hen) a peacock J. II, 275 (°upasevin, see C. on this passage); VI, 218, 497; PvA. 142; DhA. I, 394. A peacock’s tail (sometimes used as a fan) is denoted in var. terms in cpds. , as mora-kalāpa DhA. I, 387; —piccha Vin. I, 186; —piñcha Vin. II, 130; —pīñja PvA. 142, 176; VvA. 147; —sikali (?) KhA 49; —hattha Vv 3344 (=mayūra-piñjehi kataṃ makasa-vījaniṃ); Pv III, 117. Perhaps also as morakkha “a peacock’s eye” at VbhA. 63 (morakkhaka loha, a kind of copper, grouped with pisācaloha). It is more likely however that morakkha is distorted fr. *mauryaka, patronymic of mura, a local (tribal) designation (cp. murala), then by pop. etym. connected with mora peacock. With this cp. Sk. moraka “a kind of steel” BR. (Page 542)Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary
Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.
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A Discourse on Paticcasamuppada (by Venerable Mahasi Sayadaw)
The Jataka tales [English], Volume 1-6 (by Robert Chalmers)