The Buddha was once a famous teacher of the Vedas mit fünf hundert pupils. One pupil asked him how people could obtain gain in this world. His teacher answered that in a world full of fools the man who slanders, possesses the tricks of an actor und carries evil talk, gains prosperity. The pupil expressed his disappointment und continued his religious life.
The story was related in reference to a colleague who asked Sāriputta the same question und received the above answer. J.ii.420-3.