The eneny named greed that obstructs a man of firm resolve who has reached
the twelth step of virtues. Whom, like honourable merchant Sagara does
this enemy named greed not haress
in this world and in the next ?
In the city named Srimandira, there was a master trader possessing eight
crore gold coins, engrossed in earning only, but devoid of piety.
But master trader Sagara, the foremost of misers never spent money nor did
he donate it. Mostly his doors were always closed.
While he stayed at home, nobody before him could eat, bath, and give
anything. No mendicant visited his house.
Sagar's wife Kamala, their son Devila and daughter-in-law Vimala - all of
them were always afraid of him.
In that house both Mother-in-law and the daughter-in-law well versed in
sorcery turned out wantons by their miraculous powers unrestrained.
Once in the absence of others a lady hermit came to Sagara's mansion. At
that time the mother in law and the daughter in law bowed and asked.
Lady hermit ! How did you enter into this house, even though the doors are
closed ? Then she replied, "I have a miraculous power of flying in the sky
together with my body."
Both, having learnt the power and sitting on a hollow wood, used to go out
at mid night for love sports to their desired place with the help of the
Once while all were sleeping, Devila - the son got up at midnight for
toilette, he saw there somewhat astomishing.
Then at mid night both the mother-in-Law and the daughter-in-law got up
with joy, making no noise of their feet and talked to each other- "Be
quick, be quick."
As he too turned his ears to hear them, the mother-in-law said to Vimala,
"Hey you ! prepare this stick soon and go ahead."
"We have to go far. So do not delay, saying thus both of them recited the
formula and sat on the wood."
Then both of them flew in the sky like two female spirits . On seeing this
miracle, Devala began to think.
Thinking thus he remained awake until both came there back. Thereafter it
Just a preceptor instructing an expiatory rite, does not publicize one's
faults, he also did not disclose their incident.
Desirous of knowing he entered the big hollow wood before the dense
As usual both of them sat on it and went to their desired destination. On
reaching there they kept the wood aside and began to play there
There were other women, too. With those women both of them enjoyed
Devala too came out from the hollow of the wood and roaming here and there
he saw a furnace full of golden bricks.
Devala being amazed began to think a, 'Surely this must be the same golden
Peninsula which is heard through the talks of the people.'
The poor people bearing even hardships are not able to see that even in a
dream. Such a crores of golden peninsula has been effortlessly seen today
by me. This is my great luck.
He being contented took up two or three best selected bricks out of those
ones. There is no doubt that a spirited person, does not become greedy in
spite of a bigger benefit.
Like a great ascetic Mahamuni during the monsoon stays with drawing his
parts and limbs of body, also contracting his body stayed in the hollow of
Both of them also after playing for a long time came there without any
fear, having seate as before they flew in the sky and came home.
Next morning Devala told his father the whole story and showed the gold.
Then the father being astonished told him.
"Oh foolish ! Why did you take this much only ? Nobody abstains from the
money effortlessly to the hand".
Today I go there myself. I bring as many as I want and remove
moneylessness. People like you are indeed careless.
Oh saying thus, he being allured by the blow of greed remained engrossed
in thinking of bricks like a fish stuck up to the nook.
At night he entered in the hollow of the wood in the same way and reached
to that place with both of them.
Then he came out and remembering the signs etc. told by his son, saw the
furnace of the golden bricks looking like a mountain of riches.
He being pleased to that, yet being greedy filled the wood with the bricks
in such a way that even he could remain hardly in the wood.
Then both the mother-in-law and the daughter-in-law as usual proceeded to
their city. When they reached over the sea the daughter-in-law said.
"Mother ! for some reason or other today the wood seems heavily therefore
it does not proceed
further with speed". Then the mother in law also said to her.
"Oh ! Leave this wood here only and take that piece of wood seen floating
over water so that we may go to our city soon."
At time the merchant being afraid said, "Do not throw me into the sea."
Then they recognized him and said "Oh ! how come you are here !"
Both of them being afraid of leaking their secret left him with the wood
itself and went home.
One should not be too greedy and should not avoid it totally Since being
obsessed of greed Sagara fell in the sea.
Gradully knowing the facts, the son also was afraid of both of them. He
took initiation and became happy.
Thus the result of greed is very bad on considering it Oh swise people
continue watering Be always satisfied never be greedy.