Of bravery and sacrifice…

Read the previous part here… Now I have a question for you. Are men wicked, or women? Who is more wicked and deceitful? Tell me, o wise king. Remember, if you know the answer, and don’t tell me the truth, your head will burst into a hundred pieces! एतन् निशम्य वचनं वेतालस्यांसवर्तिनस् तस्य ।स जगाद …

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Are men wicked, or women?

Read the previous part here… When it was morning, the bound husband was taken to the king, along with his injured wife. The king, on hearing the story, ordered the husband to be put to death, for grievously injuring his wife and attempting to murder her. ततो ज्ञत्वैव तच् चौरे तस्मिन्न् अपसृते लघु ।कोलाहलेन तस्यां …

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Of dead lovers and bit noses…

Read the previous part here… The frustrated thief thought to himself “What bad luck! She is setting out now, in the dead of the night, with all those ornaments that I wanted to steal! Let me follow her, I may still get a good opportunity to rob them…” And so the thief followed Vasudattā, keeping …

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Of husbands and lovers…

Read the previous part here… One night, he murdered his wife in her sleep, took away all her ornaments and money, and fled back to his city.  That is why I say that men are wicked and ungrateful”, concluded Somikā… ततो जगाद स शुको देव दुःसहसाहसाः ।स्त्रियो दुश्चरिताः पापास् तथा च श्रूयतां कथा ॥ १२,१०.४७ …

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Once a crook, always a crook…

Read the previous part here… She somehow climbed up onto the ledge, her arms and legs bruised badly, and started to walk back home. Crying all the way, asking passersby for directions, she finally reached her fathers house.  “My dear! What happened to you?” exclaimed her horrified father as she walked through the door.  मुषिताः …

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Of ungrateful males…

Read the previous part here… Unable to reach an consensus, the two birds had an agreement. If the parrot won, he would have the maina as his wife, and if the maina won, she would have him as her slave. They both approached the prince and requested him to be the arbitrator in this dispute. …

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The king and two wise birds…

Read the previous part here… Now I have a question for you. Who should Mandāravatī take as her husband? Tell me, o wise king. Remember, if you know the answer, and don’t tell me the truth, your head will burst into a hundred pieces! यः क्लेशम् अनुभूयापि मन्त्रेणैताम् अजीवयत् ।पिता स तस्यास् तत्कार्यकरणान् न पुनः …

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Restoring the dead to life…

Read the previous part here… During his travels, he reached a village named Vajraloka. He was invited into the house of a Brahmin, who received him with all due honors and served him water. They were just preparing to sit down to eat, when a child began to cry in the adjoining room. It cried …

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Of heartbreak and anger management…

Read the previous part here… The Baitāl started to speak, once again. “O King, you have taken on a very troublesome and tiresome task! So let me tell you a tale, to amuse you…“ अग्निस्वामीति तत्रासीद् ब्राह्मणो वेदपारगः ।तस्यातिरूपा मन्दारवतीत्य् अजनि कन्यका ॥ १२,९.६ ॥ यां निर्माय नवानर्घलावण्यां नियतं विधिः ।स्वर्गस्त्रीपूर्वनिर्माणं निजम् एवाजुगुप्सत ॥ १२,९.७ …

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Of horses, chariots and ego…

A classmate of mine spoke about Arjuna’s chariot, that Sri Kṛṣṇa’s steered during the Mahabharata, and that got me reading a bit on it’s related symbolism… Arjuna was the most prominent warrior in the Mahabharata. The best archer in the world, with the avatar of Sri Vishnu as a guide, and the establishment of Dharma …

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