Didactic Tales
Once a young prince completed his training under a renowned teacher and was awarded five weapons as a mark of distinction. He then proceeded towards his father’s kingdom. On the way, he came across people who warned him from entering the forest, as there was a hungry ogre, named Sticky-head
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This is an interesting Jataka tale, that follows a rather unconventional route to convey its message. While it has a same-sex relationship as the central theme of the story, the narrator is never judgmental and lets the reader draw her own inferences while arriving at a conclusion that has very
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There lived a king by the name of Sanjaya and his queen Phusati who bore him a child with special powers. Upon his birth, the infant prince is said to have asked his mother, “Mother what could I gift you?” The gods too took notice of this special child, who
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This is a story from the Kattahari Jataka. The king of Benaras, Brahmadatta, during one of his regular visits to a forest nearby, came across a beautiful woman. She was walking around and singing the most beautiful songs. Brahmadatta instantly fell in love with her and the two got intimate.
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Since time immemorial, ‘Maya’ has been a source of intrigue. Just what is Maya? Is it an elusive illusion, or is it a mirage, which leads an individual to temptation, only to face reality with a harsh lesson and at times quite harsh. Maya has led to many realisations and
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