| Minor Stories Index
63: The Story of Two
While residing at the
monastery, the Buddha uttered Verse (63)
of this book, with
reference to two pick-pockets.
On one occasion, two pick-pockets joined a group of lay-disciples going to the
where the Buddha was giving a discourse. One of them listened attentively to the
soon attained Sotapatti Fruition. However, the second thief did not attend to
the discourse, as he
was bent on stealing only; and he managed to snatch a small sum of money from
one of the lay-
disciples. After the discourse they went back and cooked their meal at the house
of the second
thief, the one who managed to get some money. The wife of the second thief
taunted the first
thief, "You are so wise, you don't even have anything to cook at your house."
Hearing this remark,
the first thief thought to himself, "This one is so foolish, that she thinks she
is being very smart."
Then, together with some relatives, he went to the Buddha and related the matter
To the man, the Buddha spoke in verse as follows:
63. The fool
who knows that he is a fool can, for that reason, become a wise man;
but the fool, who thinks that he is wise is, indeed, called a fool.
At the end of the discourse, all the relatives of the man, attained Sotapatti
Translated by Daw Mya Tin, M.A.,
Burma Pitaka Association, Rangoon, Burma 1986.
24 December 2016