A MOTHER’S WISE ADVICE (NON- VIOLENCE)
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Once upon a time, the son of Brahmadatta was ruling righteously inBenares, in northern India. It came to pass that the King of Kosalamade war, killed the King of Benares, and made the queen becomehis own wife.
Meanwhile, the queen’s son escaped by sneaking away through thesewers. In the countryside he eventually raised a large army andsurrounded the city. He sent a message to the king, the murderer of his father and the husband of his mother. He told him to surrenderthe kingdom or fight a battle.
The prince’s mother, the Queen of Benares, heard of this threat fromher son. She was a gentle and kind woman who wanted to preventviolence and suffering and killing. So she sent a message to her son– “There is no need for the risks of battle. It would be wiser to closeevery entrance to the city. Eventually the lack of food, water andfirewood will wear down the citizens. Then they will give the city toyou without any fighting.”
The prince decided to follow his mother’s wise advice. His armyblockaded the city for seven days and nights. Then the citizenscaptured their unlawful king, cut off his head, and delivered it to theprince. He entered the city triumphantly and became the new King of Benares.
The moral is:
Kind advice is wise advice.