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Once upon a time, the Bodhisatta was born as the Sakka,
who was regarded as the king
of the heaven and maintained the values of
kindness and purity; humility and
self-control; goodwill and tolerance; and the
passion for the good and happiness of others.
Normally, almost all the creatures under the
wealth and affluence are invisible to the
benefit of the others. But the Sakka, who was the lord of
heaven, was ever attentive of others benefits
as well. One day, when he was keeping a watch
all over the world. Then after a few seconds he saw
a king named Sarvamitra who was
drinking an alcohol with some bad people. As he was
well conscious of the evils of drinking he desired
to protect the king as he believed:
"Men are often
good to pretend to be one
Who is chief among them.
Good and evil ooze from
And the people unite to
So if the king is
Then the good will flow."
Thinking thus, the Bodhisatta changed himself
into the figure of a royal character
with a jar filled up with the best quality of
wine and appeared in the court of Sarvamitra
when he was enjoying liquor with his friends.
Then the sudden appearance of the Bodhisatta was a
surprise to them and they all stood up to welcome him
with worship. The Bodhisatta then showed his
purpose to sell the jar of wine by saying:
" She is filled up to
the the height of her neck
Flowers laugh around her neck
She has dressed in a
Now who will buy this jar."
When the king asked his identity, he added,
"Before you know who am I
Buy this jar of mine.
As you don't need to
The distress of the other world -
Blended so finely in this wine."
Listening to the wordings of the wine-seller the king
“How is it possible that on earth this person is making the
exposure of the harms of his own product instead
of praising its good qualities?” The king then
asked him to put forward the real qualities of the wine.
And the Bodhisatta said,
"One, who drinks
Loses all self-control
By the effect of the
Mind becomes stun
And no difference is then done
From what is to be eaten and what
So, buy this jar."
"If you want to behave like a brute-monster;
And give a chance to your enemy to laugh
Thank her for making you dance in an assembly
With your mouthful music."
"When she dances on your head
Even the timid loses all shame
And remembers no
Shedding clothes then like naked Nigantthas
boldly walk on a highway
Such is the advantage of jar
Which is on sale."
"Dirty all over
You can lie senseless
Vomiting on a cross-road
To invite the street dogs
Lick your face.
Such is the generous beauty
Poured in the jar."
"Even a woman-addict
By its power can shut her parents on a tree
And dishonor her husband
No matter he be wealthy like Kubera
Thus is the buy and
sell of the jar
Which is on sale."
"The righteous of the families
And the lords of the devas
Have lost their
brilliance of abodes;
Thus is the good
quality of the jar on sale."
"This makes one’s
tongue and legs totter
And puts off every check in weeping and laughing;
The eyes become dull to make a demon dwell
And one becomes a living object of
"She lies in this jar
To allow one to boldly make
deceit to be true;
And make a illegal act
Committable with pleasure’
To hold one back from what is good;
And drive one to that which is not good,
As she is pest-embodied."
"O king! if you want to
Kill your innocent father
And ruin your future
You must then buy this liquor filled in the jar."
The king was wise. He esteemed the message of
Sakka and reject drinking for good.
"Even humble folk, intoxicate
With wine, will most be
And clever men when
drunk will go on
And talk nonsense very foolishly. "