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Story of Drummer
The Illustrated Jataka & Other Stories of the Buddha by C.B. Varma
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there lived a drummer near Varanasi. Hearing that a festival was being
celebrated in the city of Varanasi, he went there along with his son to
play drums before the crowd. Thus, he earned a great deal of money.
his way back he had to cross a dense forest infested with bandits. His
son, however, overjoyed with his earnings kept on playing the drum
incessantly. The father, however, cautioned him against the possible
attraction of the bandits by the excessive drumming. He instead advised
him for the occasional drumming, which could keep the robbers away by
thinking that some local chieftain was on a journey along with his armed
son did not listen to the advice of his father and kept on drumming in his
joyous mood. Soon the robbers noticed the sound and caught them. They then
beat them and ripped them off what they had.
what was gained by the skilful drumming
lost by the excessive drumming.
is therefore said that excessiveness is bad; and restraint is a virtue.
See Bherivada Jataka Jataka Pali No.59.
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