Magic Priest and the Kidnapper Gang
[Power and Greed]
a time in Bane's, there was a king named Brahmadatta. In one of
the kingdom's remote villages, there was a priest who had magical
power. He knew a special magic spell which was a secret given
to him by his teacher.
This spell could be used only once a year, when the planets were
lined up in a certain way. Only then, the priest could say the
secret magic words into his open palms. Then he looked up into
the sky, clapped his hands, and a shower of precious jewels came
down on him.
priest was also a teacher. He had a very good student, who was
intelligent and able to understand the most difficult ideas. He
was obedient and faithful, always wishing to honour and protect
One day, the
priest had to go on a trip to a faraway village, in order to perform
an animal sacrifice. Since he had to take a dangerous road, the
good student went with him.
road there happened to be a gang of 500 bandits. They were known
as the 'Kidnapper Gang'. They captured people and demanded ransom
money in return for letting them live.
Lo and behold,
the magic priest and his good student were captured by the Kidnapper
Gang. They set the ransom at 5,000 gold coins, and sent the student
to go get it, in order to save his master's life.
the student knelt before his teacher and bowed respectfully. He
said to him quietly, so the bandits could not hear, "Oh master,
tonight is the one night of the year when the planets will be
lined up perfectly. Only then can your magic spell be used to
shower you with jewels from the sky. However, I must warn you,
my beloved and respected teacher, that to use such a power to
save yourself from such greedy men as these would be extremely
dangerous. Obtaining great wealth so easily must lead to disaster
for men like them. And if you think only of your own safety, bringing
such harm to them will cause danger to you as well.
I warn you, do not give in to the desire to make the spell of
jewels. Let the lucky night pass by for this year. Even if these
bandits harm you, trust your faithful student to save you, without
adding to your danger." So saying, he took his leave.
the kidnappers tied up the magic priest tightly, and left him
outside their cave for the night. They gave him nothing to eat
moon came out, the priest saw the planets lining up so his spell
could work. He thought, "Why should I suffer like this? I
can magically pay my own ransom. Why should I care if harm comes
to these 500 kidnappers? I am a magic priest. My life is worth
much more than theirs. I care only for my own life. And besides,
this lucky night only comes but once a year. I cannot waste the
chance to use my great power!"
to ignore the advice of the good student, he called the kidnappers
and said, "Oh brave and mighty ones, why do you want to tie
me up and make me suffer?"
"Oh holy priest, we need money. We have many mouths to feed.
We must have money, and lots of it!"
priest said, "Ah, you did this for money? Is that all there
is to it? In that case, I will make you rich beyond your wildest
dreams! For I am great and powerful. As a holy priest, you can
trust me. You must untie me, wash my head and face, dress me in
new clothes, and cover me with flowers. Then, after so honouring
me properly, leave me alone to do my magic."
followed his instructions. But, not trusting him completely, they
hid in the bushes and secretly watched him.
This is what
they saw. The washed and flower-covered priest looked up into
the sky. Seeing that the planets were lined up in the special
lucky pattern, he lowered his head and muttered the magic spell
into his hands. They were sounds that no one could understand,
something like this: "Nah Wah Shed-nath. Eel Neeah Med-rak.
Goh Bah Mil-neeay."
Then he gazed
into the sky and clapped his hands. Suddenly he was showered with
the most beautiful jewels!
Gang came out from hiding and grabbed all the precious stones.
They wrapped them up in bundles and went off down the road, with
the magic priest following behind.
On the way,
they were stopped by another gang of 500 robbers. They asked them,
"Why are you stopping us?" "Give us all your wealth!"
the others demanded.
said, "Leave us alone. You can get all the riches you want
from this magic priest, just as we have done. He says magic words,
looks up into the sky, claps his hands, and the most fabulous
jewels come down!"
So they let
the Kidnapper Gang go, and surrounded the priest. They demanded
that he make a shower of precious stones for them as well.
He said, "Of
course I can give you all the jewels you want. But you must be
patient and wait for one year. The lucky time, when the planets
are lined up properly, has already come this year. It will not
happen again until next year. Come see me then, and I will be
happy to make you rich!"
not exactly known for their patience. They became angry at once.
They shouted at him, "Ah, you tricky lying priest! You made
the Kidnapper Gang wealthy, but now you refuse to do the same
for us. We'll teach you to take us so lightly!" Then they
cut him in two with a sharp sword, and left both halves of his
body in the middle of the road.
chased after the Kidnapper Gang. There was a terrible bloody battle.
After hours of fighting, they killed all 500 kidnappers and stole
the wonderful jewels.
As soon as
they left the battleground, the 500 robbers began quarrelling
over the wealth. They divided into two rival groups of 250 each.
These fought another bloody battle, until only two were left alive
one from each side.
collected all the valuable jewels and hid them in the forest.
They were very hungry. So one guarded the treasure, while the
other started cooking rice.
The one doing
the guarding thought, "When the other is finished cooking,
I will kill him and keep all this loot for myself?"
the one doing the cooking thought, "If we divide these jewels
in two, I will get less. Therefore, I will add poison to this
rice, kill the other, and keep all the jewels for myself. Why
share, when I can have it all!"
So he ate
some of the rice, since he was so hungry, and poisoned the rest.
He took the rice pot to the other and offered it to him. But he
immediately swung his sword and chopped off the cook's head!
hungry killer began gobbling up the poisoned rice. Within minutes,
he dropped dead on the spot!
A few days
later, the good student returned with the ransom money. He could
not find his teacher or the Kidnapper Gang. Instead, he found
only the worthless possessions they had left behind after getting
down the road, he came to the two halves of his teacher's dead
body. Realizing that the magic priest must have ignored his warning,
he mourned his cruel death. Then he built a funeral pyre, covered
it with wildflowers, and burned the body of his respected teacher.
A little further
down the road, the good student came upon the 500 dead bodies
of the Kidnapper Gang. Further still, he started seeing the dead
robbers, until he counted 498.
Then he saw
the footprints of the last two going into the forest. He realized
that they too must fight over the treasure, so he followed them.
Finally, he came to the dead body slumped over the rice pot, the
other one with his head chopped off, and the bundles of valuable
jewels. He could tell immediately what had happened.
"It is so sad. My teacher had great knowledge, but not enough
common sense. He could not resist using his magical power, regardless
of the results. By causing the deaths of the one-thousand greedy
gangsters, he doomed himself as well."
The good student
took the treasure back to the village, and used it generously
for the benefit of many.
moral is: When power has no conscience,
and greed has no limit - the killing has no end.