Tathagata Gautama the enlightened one emphasized the significance, power and virtues of cultivating and practicing noble qualities in the Mettanisansa Sutta. The Buddha explained that a person who does not betray his friends could escape unharmed even if he falls from a high mountain.
Thereafter he recited the "Mora Paritta" to the bikkhus recalling one of his past biths as a Buddahood (Bodhisatwa) during the long sansaric journey .
The Buddha explained that long years ago during the reign of King Brahmadatta, the Bodhisatwa was once born as a peacock with golden feathers.
Due to his attractive appearance the peacock had been under constant threat from hunters and trap layers.
However the peacock being the Bodhisatwa, who had cultivated noble qualities lived unharmed enjoying heath and longevity.
In that birth the peacock lived on top of a mountain slate known as Dandakahiragnna, foftified by three rocky circles near Benaris.
Regularly during the sun rise the peacock worshipped the sun in gratitude and paid obeisance to all past Buddhas. Similarly at the end of the day he repeated this practice everyday. The Buddha recited the verses which the golden peacock revered "Udayantam Chakkhuma Ekaraja"
Harrissa wanno patavippa bhaso.......
Thus the golden peacock for his power, protection and prosperity daily recited these two self composed verses or Gatas.
(l) "Oh the golden sun like the one eyed emperor rising every morning from the East.
With thy radiant rays the planet receives its golden light.
The emperor that brightens up the Earth with its golden rays, disappears at dusk.
We enjoyed the day with the blessings of your golden bliss! I pray to thee with utmost respect.
I pay my obeisance to all Buddhas, to all ascetics and the rest of whom have attained the Sublime Goal.
Oh! The golden emperor under your merciful shade we spend the night peacefully.
I pray to thee with utmost respect and pay obeisance to all Buddhas, to all ascetics and the rest of whom have attained the Sublime Goal.
For the peace and protection I receive day and night.
The Buddha declared that by such Noble practices the peacock lived safely beyond a century of years.