This Uposatha Day....I've a very nice jataka to share with you all.
*********** Litta Jataka:The Poisonous Dice
[From The Dhamma Encyclopedia]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l-vNw7-rpxI
Once on a time when Brahmadatta was reigning in Benares, the Bodhisatta was born into a well to do family, and when he grew up, he became a dice player. With him used to play a sharper, who kept on playing while he was winning, but when luck turned, broke up the game by putting one of the dice in his mouth and pretending it was lost, after which he would take himself off "Very good," said the Bodhisatta when he realized what was being done; "We'll look into this." So he took some dice, anointed them at home with poison, dried them carefully, and then carried them with him to the sharper, whom he challenged to a game.
The other was willing, the dice board was got ready, and play began. No sooner did the sharper begin to lose than he popped one of the dice into his mouth. Observing him in the act, the Bodhisatta remarked, "Swallow away; you will not fail to find out what it really is in a little time." And he uttered this stanza of rebuke.
He bolts the die quite boldly knowing not
What burning poison thereon lurks unseen.
Aye, bolt it sharper! Soon you'll burn within.
But while the Bodhisatta was talking away, the poison began to work on the sharper; he grew faint, rolled his eyes, and bending double with pain fell to the ground. "Now," said the Bodhisatta, "I must save the rascal's life." So he mixed some simples and administered an emetic until vomiting ensued. Then he administered a draught of ghee with honey and sugar and other ingredients, and by this means made the fellow all right again. Then he exhorted him not to do such a thing again. After a life spent in charity and other good works, the Bodhisatta passed away to fare thereafter according to his desserts.
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