Ja 122 The Story about the Fool

In the present when Devadatta hears the Buddha being praised he is maddened by it. The Buddha tells how, when he was a state elephant in the past, a previous incarnation of Devadatta had been jealous of him, and had tried to get him killed, until he fled to another king, who was more appreciative (full story).

1. Yasaṁ laddhāna dummedho, anatthaṁ carati attano,
Attano ca paresañ-ca hiṁsāya paṭipajjatī ti.

When a foolish one receives fame, it’s not at all for his welfare, he practices in a way harmful for himself and for others.

In this connection, this is a summary of the meaning: great king, such an unintelligent person, lacking wisdom, having attained a retinue, it’s not for his welfare at all.

What is the reason? Besotted by fame, not knowing what should be done and left undone, he practices in a way harmful to himself and others. Harmful is said to be wearying, producing suffering, he practices in this way.