Priest Who Worshipped Luck [Superstition]
upon a time, the Enlightenment Being was born into a high class
family in north-western India. When he grew up, he realized his
ordinary life could not give him lasting happiness. So he left everything
behind and went to live in the Himalayas as a forest monk. He meditated
and gained knowledge and peace of mind.
day he decided to come down from the forests to the city of Rajagaha.
When he arrived he stayed overnight in the king's pleasure garden.
next morning he went into the city to collect alms food. The king
saw him and was pleased with his humble and dignified attitude.
So he invited him to the palace. He offered him a seat and gave
him the best foods to eat. Then he invited him to live in the garden
for good. The holy man agreed, and from then on he lived in the
king's pleasure garden and had his meals in the king's palace.
that time there was a priest in the city who was known as 'Lucky
Cloth'. He used to predict good or bad luck by examining a piece
just so happened that he had a new suit of clothes. One day, after
his bath, he asked his servant to bring the suit to him. The servant
saw that it had been chewed slightly by mice, so he told the priest.
Cloth thought, "It is dangerous to keep in the house these
clothes that have been chewed by mice. This is a sure sign of a
curse that could destroy my home. Therefore, I can't even give them
to my children or servants. The curse would still be in my house!
fact, I can't give these unlucky clothes to anyone. The only safe
thing to do is to get rid of them once and for all. The best way
to do that is to throw them in the corpse grounds, the place where
dead bodies are put for wild animals to eat.
how can I do that? If I tell a servant to do it, desire will make
him keep the clothes, and the curse will remain in my household.
Therefore, I can trust this task only to my son."
called his son to him and told all about the curse of the clothes
that were slightly chewed by mice. He told him not even to touch
them with his hand. He was to carry them on a stick and go throw
them in the corpse grounds. Then he must bathe from head to foot
before returning home.
son obeyed his father. When he arrived at the corpse grounds, carrying
the clothes on a stick, he found the holy man sitting by the gate.
When Lucky Cloth's son threw away the cursed suit, the holy man
picked it up. He examined it and saw the tiny teeth marks made by
the mice. But since they could hardly be noticed, he took the suit
with him back to the pleasure garden.
bathing thoroughly, his son told Priest Lucky Cloth what had happened.
He thought, "This cursed suit of clothes will bring great harm
to the king's favorite holy man. I must warn him." So he went
to the pleasure garden and said. "Holy one, the unlucky cloth
you have taken, please throw it away! It is cursed and will bring
harm to you!"
the holy man replied, "No no, what others throw away in the
corpse grounds is a blessing to me! We forest meditators are not
seers of good and bad luck. All kinds of Buddhas and Enlightenment
Beings have given up superstitions about luck. Anyone who is wise
should do the same. No one knows the future!"
about the truly wise and enlightened ones made Priest Lucky Cloth
see how foolish he had been. From then on he gave up his many superstitions
and followed the teachings of the humble holy man.
moral is: A fool's curse can be a wise man's