Ja 48 The Story about the Vedabba Brahmin

In the present the Buddha hears of an undisciplined monk, and tells a story of how in a past life, despite being warned against it, he was a brahmin named Vedabbha, and had exercised his powers to gain treasure, which fell from the sky, and how this had led to his own destruction at the hands of the thieves from Cetā, and the destruction of 1,000 more (full story).

1. Anupāyena yo atthaṁ icchati so vihaññati,
Cetā haniṁsu Vedabbaṁ, sabbe te byasanam-ajjhagū ti.

He who by the wrong means wishes for benefit suffers hardship, the Cetā thieves killed Vedabba, and they all came to destruction.

In this connection, he ... suffers hardship, he who by the wrong means, thinking: “I desire benefit, development, happiness for myself,” at the wrong time making endeavour, that person suffers hardship, is wearied, achieves total destruction.

Cetā thieves means the thieves residing in the country of Cetā.

Killed Vedabba, because of the Vedabba mantra, they killed the brahmin with the given name Vedabba.

They all came to destruction, killing each other without remainder, they experienced, received, destruction.