upon a time there was a rich man living in Benares who was addicted
to gambling. He played dice with another gambling addict, a man
whose mind worked in tricky ways.
the rich gambler was very honest and above board, the tricky one
was dishonest. When he kept on winning he kept on playing. But when
he began to lose he secretly put one of the dice in his mouth and
swallowed it. Then he claimed it was lost and stopped the game.
rich gambler began to notice this trick. Then one day he decided
to teach him a lesson. He smeared poison on the dice and let it
dry so it was invisible. He took these dice to the usual place and
said, "Let's play dice!"
friend agreed. They set up the gambling board and began to play.
As usual the tricky one began by winning every throw of the dice.
But as soon as he began to lose he sneaked the dice into his mouth.
this the rich gambler said, "Swallow now, and then something
you don't expect will happen. Your own dishonesty will make you
swallowing the poison dice the trickster fell down sick and fainted.
The rich gambler, who was basically good at heart, thought, "Enough
is enough. Now I must save his life."
made a medical mixture to cause vomiting. He made him swallow it,
and he threw up the poison dice. He gave him a drink made with clear
butter, thick palm syrup, honey and cane sugar. This made the trickster
feel just fine again.
he advised him not to deceive a trusting friend again. Eventually
both gamblers died and were reborn as they deserved.
moral is: Deceiving a friend may be hazardous
to your health.