ABIDING BY THE RULES OF PERSONAL CONDUCT


        Abiding by the rules of personal conduct,  in other words,  living in keeping with social conventions and customs, is a mingalar. It is a source of great benefits and happiness. The following story  examplifies this mingalar.
         Alongtime ago,there lived in Baranasi a grave worker and his wife.  One day, the wife had an extreme desire for mangoes, and so told  the husband to  go and get  some. But, it was not the season for mangoes. So he said he could not get any. The wife, however, could not be  persuaded. She cried, saying, "I will die if l cannot have mangoes.  Please try to find and get some."
        The grave worker loved his wife so much that he could not  refuse any longer and so, started to ask about where he might find mangoes. He found out that one mango tree in the graden belonging to the  king is bearing fruit. He was excited and did no more thinking than to  get the mangoes,  So, he went in stealth into  the garden in the dark of  climbed one mango tree after another to find the fruit. So doing, the day broke.
        He was alarmed. He was afraid of being punished if caught by the guards.  He decided to run away in the night and so hid himself on  a tree. At that instant, the king, accompanied by his astrological adviser, came into the garden. The king was learning astrology from the adviser. They took seats under the tree on which the grave worker was hiding. The adviser was seated at a lower level, teaching. The king sat at a higher level, taking lessons.
       The grave worker saw the situation and he was disturbed at the  improper sight. He considered the wrong done by the king and the adviser. So, he came down from the tree, prostrated himself in front of the king, and said, "Sire, the three of us, respectively, have violated  the rules of personal conduct. I,on my part, did not keep good conduct  by coming into your garden with a plan to steal mangoes in a desire to appease my wife. The Great Adviser,in spite of being a teacher, gave his lessons, sitting at a lower level.The Great King too, in spite of being a pupil, took lessons,sitting at a higher place.ltis an improper sight. We have committed the wrongs."
        Then, the adviser said, "Man, I owe my livelihood to the king by taking a remuneration as allowed by him.I cannot afford to keep good conducts.I only submit to his wishes."
        The grave worker then said in reply, "Oh Teacher and Adviser,  this is a wide world. Besides the king, isn't there any one else who could  feed you? Go to another place and get another job . You will not starve  .But, do not violate the rules of conduct. Just as a piece of rock breaks  an earthen pot, the wrong manner will destroy you. Be disgusted with  the good things of life earned with a wrong deed.  Do not be overly  fond ofsuch things."
         When the king heard about it, he came to like and respect the  man. By way of questioning, he came to know the man was a grave  worker.  But, because he could say and give an invaluable and honourable advice, the king judged that the man was indeed a man of  virtues and wisdom,  So, he said., "Young man, although you are of low  caste, you have a good heart. You are wise. I hold you in high regard.  Therefore, I not only pardon you from your guilt, but also wish to give  you my kingdom. But , because you are a man of low caste, you cannot  be made a king .At any rate,I will split my worth in two: I will be king  by day, and you by night."
       The king appointed the grave worker as guardian of the citty, he was given to rule the kingdom. From then on, the king's  adviser took a higher seat as he taught astrology, and the king a lower  position as he humbly learned lessons from the teacher.

Written By Sayar Min Yu Wai
Transslated By Sayar U Nyi (Myanmar to Eng)

Source    :   550Nipada, Sava Zat