T. A starving man, reduced to skin and bones, complained, "Is there anyone in this world more hungry than me?" How answer this? The man who is so selfish and greedy that he does not believe in the three treasures of Buddha, dharma and samgha, who appreciates not parent nor teacher, is not only more hungry but will fall into the realm of hungry demons and there suffer hunger ceaselessly. -19 Samyuktaratnapitaka-sutra
U. Once there were two demons who spent a whole day arguing and quarreling about a box, a cane and a pair of shoes. A man passing by inquired, "Why are you arguing about these things? What magical power have they that you should be quarrelling about possessing them?" The demons explained to him that from the box they could get anything they desired--food, clothing or treasure; with the cane they could subdue all their enemies, and with the pair of shoes they could travail through the air. Upon hearing this, the man said: "Why quarrel? If you will go away for a few minutes, I can think of a fair division of the things between you." So the two demons retired and as soon as they were gone, the man put on the shoes, seized the box and cane and was off through the air.
The demons represent men of heathen beliefs. A box means the gifts that are made in charity; they do not realize how many treasures can be produced from charity. A cane means the practise of concentration of the mind. Men do not realize that by the practise of mind concentration they can subdue all worldly desire. A pair of shoes means the pure disciplines of thought and conduct that will carry them beyond all desire and argument. Without knowing these, they quarrel and argue about a box, cane and pair of shoes. -19 Samyuktaratnapitaka-sutra
V. Once there was a person who sought the true path in the Himalayas. He cared nothing for all the treasures of earth or even for all the delights of heaven, but sought the teaching that would remove all mental delusions. The gods were impressed by the man's earnestness and sincerity and decided to test his mind. So one of the gods disguised himself as a demon and appeared in the Himalayas, singing, "Everything changes, everything appears and disappears." The seeker heard this which pleased him very much. He was as delighted as if he had found a spring of cool water for his thirst or as if a slave had been unexpectedly set free. He said to himself, "At last I have found the true teaching that I have sought for so long." He followed the voice and at last came upon the frightful demon. With an uneasy mind he approached the demon and said, "Was it you who sang the holy song I just heard? If so, please sing more of it." The demon replied: "Yes it was , but I can sing no more of it till I have had something to eat; I am starving." The man begged him very earnestly to sing more, saying: "It has a sacred meaning to me and I have sought its teaching a long time. I have only heard part, please let me hear more." The demon said again: "I am starving, but if I can taste the warm flesh and blood of a man, I will finish the song." The man in his eagerness to hear the teaching, promised the demon that he could have his body after