Gang of Drunkards [Sobriety]
a time, when Brahmadatta was king, the Enlightenment Being was born
in a wealthy family. He became the richest man in Benares.
also happened to be a gang of drunkards who roamed the streets.
All they ever thought about was finding ways to get alcohol, the
drug they thought they couldn't live without.
day, when they had run out of money as usual, they came up with
a scheme to rob the richest man in Benares. But they didn't realise
that he was the reborn Bodhisatta, so he wouldn't be so easy to
decided to make a 'Mickey Finn', which is a drink of liquor with
a sleeping drug secretly added to it. Their plan was to get the
rich man to drink the Mickey Finn. Then when he fell asleep they
would rob all his money, jewellery, and even the rich clothes he
wore. So they set up a temporary little roadside bar. They put their
last remaining liquor into a bottle, and mixed in some strong sleeping
the rich man came by on his way to the palace. One of the alcoholics
called out to him, "Honourable sir, why not start your day
right by having a drink with us? And the first one is on
the house!" Then he poured a glass of the dishonest liquor.
the Enlightenment Being did not drink any form of alcohol. Nevertheless,
he wondered why these drunkards were being so generous with their
favourite drug. It just wasn't like them.
realised it must be some kind of trick. So he decided to teach them
a lesson. He said, "It would be an insult to appear before
the king in a drunken state, or with even the slightest smell of
liquor on my breath. But please be so kind as to wait for me here.
I'll see you again when I return from the palace."
drunkards were disappointed. They would not be able to drink again
as soon as they wanted. But they decided to be patient and wait.
that day the rich man came back to the little roadside bar. The
alcoholics were getting desperate for a drink. They called him over
and said, "Honourable sir, why not celebrate your visit to
the king? Have a drink of this fine liquor. Remember, the first
one is free!"
the rich man just kept looking at the liquor bottle and glass. He
said, "I don't trust you. That bottle and glass of liquor are
exactly as they were this morning. If it were as good as you say
it is, you would have tasted some yourselves by now. In fact, you
couldn't help but drink it all! I'm no fool. You must have added
another drug to the alcohol."
richest man in Benares went on his way, and the gang of drunkards
went back to their plotting and scheming.
moral is: Keep sober
and keep your common sense.