VetālPanchavimshati

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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An answer, and another story…

Read the previous part here… Now, I have a question for you. Was Buddhiśarīra guilty of the death of Saṅgrāmavardhana and his wife, or was it VajraMukuta, or Padmāvatī? 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! इत्य् …

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Tell me, who is to blame?

Read the previous part here… When I finished my meditation in the morning, I realized that the pearl necklace was still with me. I am not a man of the world, I have no use for much material possessions. And so I asked my disciple here, to go the market and dispose of it…. एतच् …

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Of dead dogs and wine…

Read the previous part here… When the cunning Padmāvatī heard this, she replied sweetly “My love, I have a question to ask you. Were you the one to guess correctly the subtle signs that I had made, or was it your friend Buddhiśarīra? ज्ञाता किं किम् उवा तेन सख्या मन्त्रिसुतेन ते ।एवम् उक्तवतीम् एतां राजपुत्रो …

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Satisfaction, and a question…

Read the previous part here… This time, Buddhiśarīra didn’t wait for VajraMukuta to question him, instead, he took the prince aside and said “Don’t despair once again, my friend. By marking the old lady with three fingers dipped in red dye, she has conveyed that she has her period for the next three days, and …

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