NON-ASSOCIATION WITH BAD CHARACTERS

     

      Non-association with bad characters is a mingalar. Mingalar is a virtuous deed of a noble character, the action of which results in great benefits and happiness. The following short story of King Dadiwahana gives a good example:
       Once upon a time, there ruled King Dadiwahana in Bharanasi. Oneday,he received a gold-coloured mango which was picked up as a float from the river. The fruit, with a sweet flavour, was delicious in the eating. He had the seed put to ground in his garden, nursing the sapling by pouring milk over it. After three years, the tree bore very  sweet mangoes.
        The king ate the mangoes as well as gave them away as gift to other kings. But, fearing multiplication and so before giving them away, he had the mangoes pierced with pointed frog bone at the points where sprouting would come when put to ground.
       The kings, receiving the gift, ate the fruir and had the seeds put to ground. No sprouting took place. One of those other kings sent a gardener to Dadiwahana for service in his garden. That gardener grew, gwedauk, a kind of climber with bitter taste in leaves, stalk and roots, and tamar, a neem tree also birter all through, all around the mango tree.As the roots ofthe climber and the tree grew they got tangled with those of the mango tree.Fruit from the tree became bitter. The gardener  ran away.
        King Dadiwahana asked his learned minister, the Buddhisatta, to investigate the case of the bitter mango. The minister advised that it was due tothe growth of the gwedauk vine and the tamar trees too close to the mango tree. So the vine and the trees with all their roots were removed. The mango tree was fed with fresh fertilizers. Milk, molas- ses and sweet-scented liquors were poured.
        Thus in the next season, fruit from the mango tree was as deli- cious as of old. The same old flavour and sweetness came back.
       Learned men then remarked, "If in bad company, even the inanimate get bad or ruined.It is all the more so with the humans. Can any body say thatis not true?"

Written By Sayar Min Yu Wai
Translated By Sayar U Nyi

Source  550Nipada, Dadiwahana zat