Five-Weapons and Sticky-Hair [The
upon a time, the Enlightenment Being was born as the son of the
King and Queen of Benares. On the day of his naming, 800 fortune
tellers were invited to the palace. As presents, they were given
whatever they desired to make them happy for the moment. Then they
were asked to tell the fortune of the newborn prince. This was so
they could find a good name for him.
of the fortune tellers was an expert in reading the marks on the
body. He said, "My lord, this is a being of great merit. He
will be king after you."
fortune tellers were very clever. They told the king and queen whatever
they wanted to hear. They said, "Your son will be skilled in
five weapons. He will become famous as the greatest master of all
five weapons throughout India." Based on this, the king and
queen named their son 'Prince Five-Weapons'.
the prince turned sixteen, the king decided to send him to college.
He said, "Go, my son, to the city of Takkasila. There you will
find a world famous teacher. Learn all you can from him. Give him
this money as payment." He gave him a thousand gold coins and
sent him on his way.
prince went to the world famous teacher of Takkasila. He studied
very hard and became his best pupil. When the teacher had taught
him all he knew, he gave the prince a special graduation award.
He gave him five weapons. Then he sent him back to Benares.
his way home he came to a forest which was haunted by a monster.
The local people warned Prince Five-Weapons, "Young man, don't
go through the forest. There is a monstrous demon called Sticky-Hair
living there. He kills everyone he sees!"
the prince was self-confident and fearless like a young lion. So
he pushed on into the forest, until he came to the dreadful monster.
He was as tall as a tree, with a head as big as the roof of a house
and eyes as big as dishes. He had two big yellow tusks sticking
out of his gaping white mouth filled with ugly brown teeth. He had
a huge belly covered with white spots, and his hands and feet were
monster roared and growled at the prince, "Where are you going
in my forest, little man? You look like a tasty morsel to me. I'm
going to gobble you up!"
prince had just graduated from college and had won the highest award
from his teacher. So he thought he knew just about everything, and
that he could do just about anything. He replied, "Oh fierce
demon, I am Prince Five-Weapons, and I have come on purpose to find
you. I dare you to attack me! I will kill you easily with my first
two weapons my bow and poison-tipped arrows."
he put a poison arrow in his bow and shot it straight at the monster.
But the arrow just stuck fast to his hair, like glue, without hurting
him at all. Then the prince shot, one after another, all the rest
of his 50 poison-tipped arrows. But they also stuck fast to the
hair of the one called Sticky-Hair.
the beast shook his body, from ugly rooftop-sized head to blue coloured
feet. And all the arrows fell harmlessly to the ground.
Five-Weapons drew his third weapon, a 33-inch-long sword. He plunged
it into his enemy. But it just stuck fast in the thick coat of sticky
hair. He threw his fourth weapon, his spear, at the monster. But
this too just stuck to his hair.
he attacked with the last of his five weapons, his club. This also
stuck fast onto Sticky-Hair.
the prince yelled at him, "Hey you, monster haven't
you ever heard of me, Prince Five-Weapons? I have more than just
my five weapons. I have the strength of my young man's body. I will
break you in pieces!"
hit Sticky-Hair with his right fist, just like a boxer. But his
hand just stuck to the hairy coat, and he couldn't remove it. He
hit him with his left fist, but this too just stuck fast to the
gooey mess of hair. He kicked him with his right foot and then his
left, just like a martial arts master. But they both stuck onto
him like his fists. Finally he butted him as hard as he could with
his head, just like a wrestler. But, lo and behold, his head got
stuck as well.
while sticking to the hairy monster in five places, hanging down
from his coat, the prince had no fear.
thought, "This is very strange indeed. He is more like a lion
than a man. Even while in the grasp of a ferocious monster like
me, he does not tremble with fear. In all the time I've been killing
people in this forest, I've never met anyone as great as this prince.
Why isn't he afraid of me?"
Prince Five-Weapons was not like ordinary men, Sticky-Hair was afraid
to eat him right away. Instead he asked him, "Young man, why
aren't you afraid of death?"
prince replied, "Why should I be afraid of death? There is
no doubt that anyone who is born will definitely die!"
the Enlightenment Being thought, "The five weapons given to
me by the world famous teacher have been useless. Even the lion-like
strength of my young man's body has been useless. I must go beyond
my teacher, beyond my body, to the weapon inside my mind - the only
weapon I need."
prince continued speaking to Sticky-Hair, "There's one small
detail, oh monstrous one, I haven't told you about yet. In my belly
is my secret weapon, a diamond weapon you cannot digest. It will
cut your intestines into pieces if you are foolish enough to swallow
me. So if I die you die! That's why I'm not afraid of you."
this way the prince used his greatest inner strength in a way Sticky-Hair
could easily understand. He knew this greatest of all weapons, the
one inside his mind, was the precious diamond gem of his own intelligence.
thought, "No doubt this fearless man is telling the truth.
Even if I eat as much as a pea-sized tidbit of such a hero, I won't
be able to digest it. So I will let him go." Fearing his own
death, he set Prince Five-Weapons free.
said, "You are a great man. I will not eat your flesh. I let
you go free, just like the moon that reappears after an eclipse,
so you may shine pleasantly on all your friends and relatives."
Enlightenment Being had learned from his battle with the monster
Sticky-Hair. He had learned the only worthwhile weapon is the intelligence
inside, not the weapons of the world outside. And with this diamond
weapon he also knew that destroying life brings only suffering to
gratitude, he taught the unfortunate demon. He said, "Oh Sticky-Hair,
you have been born as a murderous blood sucking flesh eating demon
because of unwholesome deeds in your past. If you continue killing
in this way, it will lead only to suffering for you both
in this life and beyond. You can only go from darkness to darkness.
that you have spared me, you won't be able to kill so easily. Hear
this destroying life leads to misery in this world, and then
rebirth in a hell world, or as an animal or a hungry ghost. Even
if you were lucky enough to be reborn as a human being, you would
have only a short life!"
Five-Weapons continued to teach Sticky-Hair. Eventually the monster
agreed to follow the Five Training Steps. In his way he transformed
him from a monster into a friendly forest fairy. And when he left
the forest, the prince told the local people about the change in
the one-time demon. From then on they fed him regularly and lived
Five-Weapons returned to Benares. Later he became king. Finally
he died and was reborn as he deserved.
The moral is: The only weapon you need
is hidden inside you.