Once upon a time, when king Brahmadatta was reigning in Benares, the Bodhisatta was his adviser in things spiritual and temporal. Now the king had a son, PAdanjali by name, an idle lazy loafer. By and bye the king died. Hisobsequies over, the courtiers talked of consecrating his son Padanjali to be king. But the Bodhisatta said,
"Tis a lazy fellow, an idle loafer, shall we take and consecrate him king?"
The courtiers held a trial. They sat the youth down before them, and made a wrong decision. They adjudged something to the wrong owner, and asked him, "Young sir, do we decide rightly?"
The lad curled his lip.
"He is a wise lad, I think," thought the Bodhisatta; "he must know that we have decided wrongly:" and he recited the first verse:-
"Surely the lad is wise beyond all men.
He curls his lip he must see through us, then!"
Next day, as before, they arranged a trial, but this time judged it aright. Again they asked him what he thought of it.
Again he curled his lip. Then the Bodhisatta perceived that he was a blind fool, and repeated the second verse:-
"Not right from wrong, nor bad from good he knows:
He curls his lip but no more sense he shows."The courtiers became aware that the young man Padanjali was a fool, and they made the Bodhisatta king.