Thinkha rich man
After that, Magadha, During the reign of the King of Magadha in the land of Rajagaon, the Bodhisattva was a rich man who had eighty crores of wealth, known as a monk in that country. Just like the Bodhisattva monk of Rajagaha, there was also a rich man in Varanasi named Piliya who was rich with eighty crores. Those two rich people are friends.
Once upon a time, when a great calamity occurred in the land of Varanasi, all the wealth of Piliya was depleted. The Piliya rich man, unable to depend on him, called his wife and came to his friend, the rich man, in Rajagaha.
When the rich man saw the rich man, he was overjoyed and said, “My friend has come.” He took good care of him for three days. About three days later, the rich man came to his house and asked his friend Piliya richu why he had come to him. He said, “Friend rich man, we are in danger in Varanasi and all my wealth has been depleted, so I have come helpless. Therefore, support me as much as you can.” Then the rich man said, “Friend, it’s good, don’t worry” and divided forty crores out of the eighty crores he owned.
The Piliyan rich man took the wealth and returned to Varanasi and lived in prosperity. Soon there will be a great calamity in the land of Rajagaon, where the rich man lives, and when the wealth of the rich man is depleted, the rich man thinks like this. My friend Piliya richu had helped him when he was poor, so I hope that Piliya richu will help him when he is poor. Therefore, he called his wife and went on foot to Varanasi.
When he arrived at the gate of Varanasi, the monk ordered his wife, “Sir, it is not appropriate for you to enter Varanasi with me. He will go to the rich man of Piliya, and then he will meet you again with a chariot and retinue. Wait here for a while.” He entered Varanasi.
When Sangha arrived at the house of Piliya rich man, he asked a servant of Piliya to tell the rich man that your friend Sangha from the planet is here. Upon hearing the news, the rich man of Piliya asked to call “come”. He asked the rich man, “What do you want? Why did you come here?” The rich man said, “I came to see you.” Piliya asked the rich man, “Where are you staying now?” The rich man answered, “My friend Piliya, our husband and wife have no place to stay. Even our wife has been left in an old house in the city.” Upon hearing these words, Piliya richu said, “This house is not a place for you to live in, and there is no place for you in this house. Now I will give you food. You can go and eat wherever you like. Don’t come to this house again.”
In fact, on that day, the rich man of Pilia filled up his granary, which stretched to a thousand cartloads of grain, if he had winnowed and cleaned it. Even if you give him unrefined rice, he can still give you a lot. Now he only gave a handful of chaff. The Piliya rich man, who had taken forty crores worth of wealth from the rich man, had previously shown no regard for favors and only gave him a small amount of chaff.
The servant brought a small amount of straw in a small basket and came to the rich man. Then the rich man thought, “This rich man once took forty crores of wealth from me. But now he only gives me a handful of chaff. Should I take it or not?” Then he thought like this.
“This rich man does not know the favors I have done in the past. He destroys me and my love by wronging my friend, destroying my friend, and destroying the favors he has done. It is wicked. If I did not take the small handful of chaff that the wicked rich man gave me, it would be like destroying the love between us. If I destroy the friendship between them without taking a little property, I will be a fool. Therefore, this rich man will be a fool. I will take the handful of chaff that is given to me, and I will not destroy the love affair, but will sustain it.”
After that, the rich man put a few pieces in the end of his cloth and went down from the house of the rich man and returned to the village outside the city.
When the rich man’s wife asked him what property he had got, the rich man said, “Ma’am, our friend Pilia Richa gave me only a handful of chaff and asked me to return it.” The wife said, “Why did you bring it? Is this chaff worth the forty crores of wealth that you once distributed?” She wept, “Ma’am, don’t cry. I brought Pilia’s friendship.” He said. However, the rich man’s wife wept.
The sound of sobbing was heard nearby by a person who had once been the servant of the rich man. Now, in order to serve the Piya rich man, he became a servant in the wealth of forty crores.