[Obedience to a Wise Teacher]
a time, there was a king who had one-hundred sons. The youngest,
the one-hundredth, was Prince Gamani. He was very energetic, patient
All the princes
were sent to be taught by teachers. Prince Gamani, even though
he was the one-hundredth in line to the throne, was lucky enough
to have the best teacher. He had the most learning and was the
wisest of them of all. He was like a father to Prince Gamani,
who liked, respected and obeyed him.
In those days,
it was the custom to send each educated prince to a different
province. There he was to develop the country and help the people.
When Prince Gamani was old enough for this assignment, he went
to his teacher and asked which province he should request. He
said, "Do not select any province. Instead, tell your father
the king that if he sends you, his one-hundredth son, out to a
province, there will be no son remaining to serve him in his home
city." Prince Gamani obeyed his teacher, and pleased his
father with his kindness and loyalty.
prince went again to his teacher and asked, "How best can
I serve my father and the people, here in the capital city?"
The wise teacher replied, "Ask the king to let you be the
one to collect fees and taxes, and distribute benefits to the
people. If he agrees, then carry out your duties honestly and
fairly, with energy and kindness."
prince followed his teacher's advice. Trusting his one-hundredth
son, the king was glad to assign these functions to him. When
he went out to perform the difficult task of collecting fees and
taxes, the young prince was always gentle, fair and lawful. When
he distributed food to the hungry, and other necessary things
to the needy, he was always generous, kind and sympathetic. Before
long, the one-hundredth prince gained the respect and affection
the king came to be on his deathbed. His ministers asked him who
should be the next king. He said that all his one-hundred sons
had a right to succeed him. It should be left up to the citizens.
After he died,
all the citizens agreed to make the one-hundredth prince their
next ruler. Because of his goodness, they crowned him King Gamani
When the ninety-nine
older brothers heard what had happened, they thought they had
been insulted. Filled with envy and rage, they prepared for war.
They sent a message to King Gamani, which said, "We are all
your elders. Neighbour countries will laugh at us if we are ruled
by the one-hundredth prince. Either you give up the kingdom or
we will take it by war!"
After he received
this message, King Gamani took it with him to his wise old teacher,
and asked his advice.
It just so
happened that this honorable gentle teacher was the reborn Enlightenment
Being. He said, "Tell them you refuse to wage war against
your brothers. Tell them you will not help them kill innocent
people you have come to know and love. Tell them that, instead,
you are dividing the king's wealth among all one-hundred princes.
Then send each one his portion." Again the king obeyed his
the ninety-nine older princes had brought their ninety-nine small
armies to surround the royal capital. When they received the king's
message and their small portions of the royal treasure, they held
a meeting. They decided that each portion was so small it was
almost meaningless. Therefore, they would not accept them.
But then they
realized that, in the same way, if they fought with King Gamani
and then with each other, the kingdom itself would be divided
into small worthless portions. Each small piece of the once-great
kingdom would be weak in the face of any unfriendly country. So
they sent back their portions of the royal treasure as offerings
of peace, and accepted the rule of King Gamani.
The king was
pleased, and invited his brothers to the palace to celebrate the
peace and unity of the kingdom. He entertained them in the most
perfect ways with generosity, pleasant conversation, providing
instruction for their benefit, and treating all with even-handed
In this way
the king and the ninety-nine princes became closer as friends
than they had been as brothers. They were strong in their support
of each other. This was known in all the surrounding countries,
so no one threatened the kingdom or its people. After a few months,
the ninety-nine brothers returned to their provinces.
the Righteous invited his wise old teacher to live in the palace.
He honored him with great wealth and many gifts. He held a celebration
for his respected teacher, saying to the full court, "I,
who was the one-hundredth prince, among one-hundred worthy princes,
owe all my success to the wise advice of my generous and understanding
teacher. Likewise, all who follow their wise teachers' advice
will earn prosperity and happiness. Even the unity and strength
of the kingdom, we owe to my beloved teacher."
prospered under the reign of the generous and just rule of King
Gamani the Righteous.
moral is: One is rewarded a hundred-fold
for following the advice of a wise teacher.