Brahmin and the
Greediness is the desire to
get more. Since desires are unending, greedy people desire to gain more and
more. Temptation and greediness are evil tendencies and should be avoided.
This is a story about a greedy Brahmin.
Once upon a time, there lived
a very old lion. He did not have enough strength to get food. He therefore
decided to play a trick with the help of a golden bracelet. He thought that
if he offered the golden bracelet, he could easily tempt some greedy person
to get it, and then he can eat him.
While he was thinking about
it, he saw a Brahmin passing by. The Brahmin was very poor and was wandering
to get food for his family. The lion called the Brahmin, "Revered Brahmin,
come here. I have done so many evil things in my life. It is not possible to
count how many animals I have killed. Now, I want to get rid of all of those
sins by offering this gold bracelet to some deserving person. And who else
could deserve it more than you?"
The Brahmin soon became
greedy for the bracelet. However he was skeptical about the real intentions
of the lion. He said "You have been killing animals and people all your
life. How can I trust you?"
The lion said with apparent
pain, "Revered Brahmin, I am old now. It is true that I committed many sins
when I was young, but now I am repenting for that and want to give charity.
You are a holy Brahmin, so I have decided to give this bracelet to you. Go
and take a bath in the lake and then come back for the bracelet.
The Brahmin could no longer
resist the temptation. He went to the lake, but it was full of mud. As soon
as the Brahmin went in, he got stuck in the mud. The lion saw this and went
to the lake. He bit the
greedy Brahmin's the neck.
The Brahmin started to scream, but there was no one there to help him.
Because of his greed, the
Brahmin lost his life. If he would have overcome his temptation, he would
not have lost his life. Unfortunately when people get greedy, they lose good
judgment. We must be careful not to get carried away by greed. This can be
done by limiting on our possessions and desires.
1) What leads us to sinful activity?
2) How did the lion trap the Brahmin?
3) What happened to the Brahmin?
4) What is the moral of the story?