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The Intelligent Student

The Intelligent Student

Long time ago, there was a centre of learning in Varanasi. Disapamock was the teacher and there were many students. He had only one daughter who was very beautiful. Disapamock decided to arrange her marriage. He wanted to prefer an intelligent student among his pupils as his son in law. What is the best way to judge the intelligence of the students? Disapamock made a plan.

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One day Disapamock summoned all of his students. “My dear students, I wish to arrange the marriage of my daughter. But I don’t have enough money to get her special costumes and jewelleries. Can anyone help me?” The teacher asked.

He continued, “You should steal and bring them and nobody should see you stealing”. The students obeyed to the words of their teacher. Each one of them started to bring jewelleries and hand-over them to Disapamock. They were all stolen goods. Disapamock decided to examine them and return the articles to their owners.

Only one student did not bring any valuables. He was seen in a sad mood. Disapamock asked, “Why didn’t you steal anything?”

“Sir, I could have done it. But you said that nobody should see it. It was not possible. Nobody else might see. But I would definitely see what I do. There is nothing greater than one’s own self-consciousness.” The student replied.

“Good, I was in search of someone as intelligent as you. I don’t need any expensive jewelleries. I just made a trick to find out the most intelligent and honest person. Stealing for a good cause is also wrong.” Disapamock appreciated him.

Then, Disapamock ordered his pupils to return the stolen goods to the respective owners. He gave his daughter in marriage to the good student. Actually, the honest student in this story was none other than our supreme Bodhisathwa.

About The Author

Thalatha Wijerathna

Ms.Thalatha Wijerathna is the author of two children's story books and she owns a small home library. She is a retired teacher and with her 20 years of teaching experience she knows what is best for the young minds. Thalatha is publishing a series of Buddhist Tales for Children, a story going online on every full moon day.

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