Once on a time when Brahmadatta was reigning in Benares, the Bodhisatta came to life as a conch – blower, and went up to Benares with his father to a public festival. There he earned a great deal of money by his conch blowing, and started for home again. On his way through a forest which was infested by robbers, he warned his father not to keep on blowing his conch; but the old man thought he knew better how to keep the robbers off, and blew away hard without a moment’s pause. Accordingly, just as in the preceding story, the robbers returned and plundered the pair. And, as above, the Bodhisatta repeated this stanza:-
Go not too far, but learn excess to shun;
For over-blowing lost what blowing won.