ASSOCIATION WITH THE WISE


         Association with the learned and the wiseis amingalar.In other  words it leads to great benefits and happiness. The following story is  an example of this mingalar.  Once upon a time, one thousand carpenters lived in a villaoe  near the city of Bharanasi. After a long time living there, they fell  into hard times. They found no reason why they should continue living there; they began preparing to move away to another place.They built large boats.With all their families on board, they started out on a  voyage.
         They came out into the ocean, where they found an island. The island was rich in rice and other crops. They met a man, a victim of a shipwreck, who arrived there before them.He advised them that there was plenty of food on theis land; that nats orthe spirits kept watch; and  that they could not stand the smell of human excretions.
         So if any one wanted to live on the island, disposal of excre. tions must be done with an utmost care. One should, the man warned, dig holes in the sand and cover up the stool and urine with sand. The carpenters settled down on the island. They abided by the wishes of the nats. They split themselves in two groups of five hundred each, headed by two leaders. One of the leaders was wise whereas the other was not.As time went by, the foolish leader and his followers distilled spirits and drank. Drunkenness was commonplace among that group. They were  loose on the way excretions were discarded, doing it without covering up.
         The nats, guardians of the island, were furious. They decided  that theis land be washed with ocean waters and get all the people killed  on the expiry of fifteen days. One amongst the nat, however, was of a  good heart, not wishing all the people dead.  He,therefore,came to the  carpenters and warned them to run away from the island before the  fifteen day's period ended.
        After him, a bad nat came. Wishing all the carpenters to get  killed,he said,"Carry on living on this island. There is no harm." Then,  the wise leader considered and weighted  the situation. He had his men prepare and get boats ready.If the first nat was correct,then theywould  leave when the tide came.
          If the second nat proved right, then they would keep the boats atsome suitable site and continue living on the island.The foolish leader thought on the contrary, and did nothing. He said, "The first nat said what he said because ofhatred.The second said whathe said with good  will. We can't leave this island. There is no need of the boats."
         True to his words, not making boats, he drank and ate in the  company of his men. When the fifteen days elapsed, the ocean waters  rose and stated flooding the island bit by bit. When the water level was  about waist-high, the wise leader and his five hundred men took out  their boats,boarded them and rowed away to safety.
         The unwise leader and his men did not care, thinking that the  waters would recede soon afrerwards. But they were proven wrong.  The ocean waters rose slowly to the tip of palm trees.The foolish leader  and the men who kept his company were alldrowned.

Writen By Sayar Min Yu Wai
Translate By Sayar U Nyi

Source  :  550Nipada,Samuodda, Vanizazat