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Story of The Great Gambler
The Illustrated Jataka & Other Stories of the Buddha by C.B. Varma
|057 - The Great Gambler|
Game of dice, the Thai version
Once, there lived a rich businessman, who was smart and young. He was fond of gambling.
day, when he was on a business tour, he stayed in an inn. There, he was
invited for a game of gambling by a veteran gambler who was reputed as
'invincible' in the game. When the game was on, he noticed that his
opponent had resorted to foul play by stealthily gobbling up the dice and
pretending it to be lost. This made the young man lose the game.
young man, however, did not accept his defeat. He thought of teaching a
lesson to the other gambler. So, when he returned home he smeared the dice
with poison and dried them carefully. Next day, he went to his opponent
and challenged him for a fresh round of game. The other gambler again
stealthily put the dice into his mouth. But once again, he was detected by
the young gambler, who yelled, "Swallow. Swallow. O my dear! Now, You
will know what have you swallowed is but poison and not the dice."
poison was soon at work. The cheat writhed in pain. His eyes rolled and he
fainted. As the young man did not have any intention to kill the fellow
gambler, he took out some emetic from his bag and made him drink, which
cured the other fellow. He came back to his senses and never dared to
deceive others in the game of dice.
See Litta Jataka Jataka Pali No.91.
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