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The Ambitious Priest

Category: Moderation and Greed

Source: Laos Folk-lore Of Farther India

There is a tale of an old priest who prayed each day that the gods would
give him a jewel of great price--one that had the power to make him fly
as a bird.

A young priest in the temple hearing his prayer, secured the eye of a
fish and hid it in his room, and when again the old priest prayed for
the jewel, the young priest brought the eye of the fish and gave it to
him. Then was the old priest glad, "Now can I rise up as though on wings
and fly from this earth," said he.

Selecting two large palm leaves, thinking "I must have wings first," he
tried to fly, but could not.

The young priest said, "From here you cannot fly; it is not high enough.
Go up to the roof of the temple and fly from there."

Acting on this suggestion, the old priest went up to the roof, but fell
from his high place, and, lo, when they came to him, he was dead!

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