Once upon a time there was a doctor who was an expert at treating
snakebites. One day he was called for by the relatives of a man
who had been bitten by a deadly poisonous snake.
doctor told them, "There are two ways of treating this snake
bite. One is by giving medicine. The other is by capturing the snake
who bit him, and forcing him to suck out his own poison." The
family said, "We would like to find the snake and make him
suck the poison out."
the snake was caught, the doctor asked him, "Did you bite this
man?" "Yes I did," said the snake. "Well then,"
said the doctor, "You must suck your own poison out of the
wound." But the strong-willed snake replied, "Take back
my own poison? Never! I have never done such a thing and I never
the doctor started a wood fire and said to the snake, "If you
don't suck that poison out, I'll throw you in this fire and burn
the snake had made up his mind. He said, "I'd rather die!"
And he began moving towards the fire.
all his years, the snake bite expert doctor had never seen anything
like this! He took pity on the courageous snake, and kept him from
entering the flames. He used his medicines and magic spells to remove
the poison from the suffering man.
doctor admired the snake's single-minded determination. He knew
that if he used his determination in a wholesome way he could improve
himself. So he taught him the Five Training Steps to avoid unwholesome
actions. Then he set him free and said, "Go in peace and harm
moral is: Determination wins respect.