There lived two merchants named Dharmabuddhi and Papabuddhi in the city
named Sritilaka. They were interested only in making money.
The first of them Dharmabuddhi was straight forward and well wisher of
all. The latter - one Papabuddhi was fraudulent deceptive and even a
betrayer to his trust holders even.
between the two engaged in trade. The people used to say that their
friendship is like the friendship between a wood and a saw.
Yet Dharmabuddhi being generous by nature, did not desert him because
should the moon forsake the spot disfiguring him?
they both went to some city with a purpose of business, because business
becomes a wish-fulfiller to those whose wealth has decreased.
Both-one crooked and the other straight earned a thousand of Dinaras
(gold-coins of Muslim reign) each and started to return to their city.
When they were near their city, the rogue Papabuddhi said to the straight
Dharmabuddhi, "Why should this much amount of money be taken in, to the
So let us hide some amount here only, We shall
take when we need it, because in case of money there are various points of
danger from the king, relatives and thieves as well.
hearing such words, straight forward Dharmabuddhi kept five hundred gold
coins hidden, there only Papabuddhi too to win the other's confidence kept
his five hundred gold coins hidden there only.
both went to their homes. There they were received with warmth welcome.
Then after several days, Papabuddhi the money hidden, in the soil brought
Then one day seeing an opportunity, Papubuddhi
said to Dharmabuddhi, "Oh friend, Come Let us now bring that wealth."
On seeing (finding) both the places devoid of wealth that deceitful
Papabuddhi exclaimed, "Hey, our life like dearly wealth has been stolen by
some one !"
Fie upon the thief ! May that wicked die !
What should we do ? Thus weeping artificially he made a show of real
That crafty Papabuddhi said to Dharmabuddhi,
who was of straight forward religious nature - "O religious hypocrite, O
Wicked, this is your fraud."
Dharmabuddhi also said, "Oh
friend, what do you say ? This contemptible deed can not be done by the
persons like me but may be of some sinister."
took place between both of them and both of them knocked the doors of the
court . There Papabuddhi said, "This Dharmabuddhi is a thief."
The Judges asked, "I have you any witness ?" Then Papabuddhi said,
"Goddess of the forest is our witness."
minded Dharmabuddhi began to think, "Oh ! what a great cunningness of this
! How his skilled (tricky) fraud is !"
Now in this
regard the region only can come my to my help. What is the need of other
supporters ? The king and other people said, "This will be tested to
Then at night, Papabuddhi said to his
father "This fraudulant controversy is started by me."
When his father asked, "How will you do now?" that wicked said, "Father,
go to the forest and hide yourself in the hollow of a tree."
When in the morning the king and others ask you, You should say, "Papabuddhi
is innocent while Dharmabuddhi is a thief."
did all that he was instructed by him and when in the morning the people
he reported all that as it was (decided).
All the people
being wonder struck began to hear with keen ears up, and began to see here
and there, but nobody was found.
suddenly got an idea and told the king, "The hollow of this tree should be
As soon as the hollow of the tree will get burnt
the spirit or a man resting within will be visible directly. "Saying thus,
Dharmabuddhi rose suddenly and as he set it on fire, Papabuddhi's father
rushed out of the hollow, just as an embodied soul drawn by his own deeds
from the embryo of his bearing mother.
Then the king
asked him, "Oh ! What a miracle ?" He then narrated the whole story of
encouragement and so on of his wicked son.
people hated Papabuddhi and his father saying, "Oh why did you plot this
fraud of malice preperise against a friend ?"
Papabuddhi being beaten by the King's command was saved by pious hearted
Dharmabuddhi by kneeling before the king asked (to set then free).
Then the king and others praised Dharmabuddhi and condemned Papabuddhi
Plotting against others leads undoubtedly to miseries in this World.
In this way two friends, One straight and another crooked got happiness
and misery respectively. Hence, O pious people, abandon the thought of
treachery immediately like a female snake.