Good To All

Once, the Bodhisattva was born as Brahmadatta, the king of Benaras. In the neighbouring kingdom, there ruled Mallika, another famous king. One day, both of them disguised themselves and roamed the streets to make sure no injustice was happening in their kingdoms. Both came upon a narrow street and their chariots stood face to face with each other. The chariot drivers started arguing who should go forward first. None of them was ready to let the other pass.

Each driver sang the praises of his own master. As they argued, they discovered that Mallika was good to the good and bad to the bad people, while Brahmadatta was good to both the good and the bad. So finally Mallika’s chariot driver accepted Brahmadatta as superior to Mallika and made way for the latter’s chariot.

The author of this story is unknown and greatly appreciated!