ACK-012: Jataka Tales Monkey Stories; & ACK-013: The Golden Sand

In 300 B.C, the Jataka Tales were written for the mankind to gain knowledge and morality. Ever since, Jataka tales have become story books that are both enjoyable as well as knowledgeable. Originally written in Pali language, Jataka Buddhist tales have been translated in different languages around the world. The luminous fables of ‘Jataka’ are intended to impart values of self-sacrifice, morality, honesty and other informative values to people.

No less than 547 in number, Jataka Tales are an important part of Buddhist literature. Jatak stories represent former incarnations of Buddha, at times like an animal, a bird and sometimes like a human being, the future Siddhartha Gautama. The setting of the stories is made in or near Benares (Varanasi), which is a holy city in north central India. Some of the popular story/ tale from Jatak collection are provided here.

In the first story, Bodhisattva was born as a monkey. He was the king of eighty thousand monkeys. They lived happily on a mango tree by the side of the river Ganges and ate its tasty fruits. Brahamadatta, the king of Varanasi, on knowing that the mangoes of the tree where the monkeys lived were very delicious and sweet, surrounded the mango tree with his soldiers. They started killing the monkeys with arrows. The monkey king at the risk of his life decided to save the lives of the other monkeys. He found a long thick creeper. He tied one end of the creeper to the mango tree and its other end to his waist, jumped across the river and. When he found that the length not enough for crossing the river, he stretched his body and made a living bridge across the river. His friends crossed to safety by using the bridge consisting of the bamboo pole and the stretched body of their king. Devadatta who was also a monkey was the rival of the monkey king. Devadatta found in this situation an easy opportunity for killing the monkey king. He jumped on him violently. The monkey king's fell on a rock. When Brahamadatta saw the supreme sacrifice of the monkey king his heart filled with sorrow. The Bodhisattva before dying gave a sermon to Brahamadatta. Brahamadatta performed the last rites of the monkey king with honour and respect.

There are four more stories, enjoy.

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Many many thanks to “Unknown #1” for sharing with me this Amar Chitra Katha, I never read it before. However cover is privided by “Ajay Misra” . Thanks friends.



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16 comments:

Anonymous July 22, 2008 at 1:24 AM  

Great! Now we have the "Jataka Tales"! Many thanks. I used to read these as a kid.

Anonymous July 22, 2008 at 1:25 AM  

And of course, thanks for the "Golden Sand" too!

கோகுல் சத்தியமூர்த்தி July 22, 2008 at 3:26 AM  

"Golden Sand" used to be one of my favourites. Good to get hold of the "e-comics". Thanks a lot.

ruchi July 22, 2008 at 4:12 AM  

thank you for da comiz baby .......

Prabhat's Books and Comics July 22, 2008 at 5:21 AM  

anonymous:Welcome.

கோகுல் சத்தியமூர்த்தி: Glad to know now you have one of your favourites.

ruchi:Welcome.

Deb July 22, 2008 at 8:31 AM  

Thanks, friends. I enjoyed reading Jataka Tales & Panchatantra in my childhood. I think I'm going to relive those times thanks to your post.

SagNik July 22, 2008 at 11:13 PM  

gr8 tales!! I love Panchtantra/Jatak tales wid ALL Animal tales..thtnx for this 2-in-1 treat too!! :-))

Prabhat's Books and Comics July 22, 2008 at 11:37 PM  

deb:Welcome.

dara:Welcome.

Colonel Worobu July 23, 2008 at 4:29 AM  

Thank you so much for these guys! You made my day!

:o)
Col.W

Colonel Worobu July 23, 2008 at 5:10 AM  

I have a couple of favorites that I would like to request if I may be allowed to do so:

1. Karna
2. Vikramaditya

Thanks :o)
Col.W

Prabhat's Books and Comics July 23, 2008 at 6:53 AM  

colonel worobu:Welcome Colonel Worobu. I’ll try to fulfill your demands, pls give some time.

adibud34 July 23, 2008 at 12:58 PM  

Thanks a lot, Prabhat. Great duo, these two!

Colonel Worobu July 24, 2008 at 5:07 AM  

Thank you Prabhat! No hurry though. Take your time.

:o)
Col.W

Prabhat's Books and Comics July 24, 2008 at 5:51 AM  

adibud34:Welcome.

colonel worobu:thanks for understanding.

Dhaval July 25, 2008 at 7:39 AM  

Wow!! A double treat again..., this blog is getting better and better ..
Jataka and Golden Sand used to be my fav. as a kid ( I m still one,for that matter).. thanks a lot to all contributers.. you guys rock!!

Prabhat's Books and Comics July 25, 2008 at 9:33 AM  

dm:Welcome. In this world,people start feeling themself older than they are. It's great, you still feel yourself kid.Don't give up this quality.

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