Mother's Wise Advice [Non-violence]
Once upon a time, the son of Brahmadatta was ruling righteously
in Benares, in northern India. It came to pass that the King of
Kosala made war, killed the King of Benares, and made the queen
become his own wife.
the queen's son escaped by sneaking away through the sewers. In
the countryside he eventually raised a large army and surrounded
the city. He sent a message to the king, the murderer of his father
and the husband of his mother. He told him to surrender the kingdom
or fight a battle.
prince's mother, the Queen of Benares, heard of this threat from
her son. She was a gentle and kind woman who wanted to prevent violence
and suffering and killing. So she sent a message to her son
"There is no need for the risks of battle. It would be wiser
to close every entrance to the city. Eventually the lack of food,
water and firewood will wear down the citizens. Then they will give
the city to you without any fighting."
prince decided to follow his mother's wise advice. His army blockaded
the city for seven days and nights. Then the citizens captured their
unlawful king, cut off his head, and delivered it to the prince.
He entered the city triumphantly and became the new King of Benares.
moral is: Kind advice is wise advice.