The Unteachable Monkey

Once there lived a group of monkeys in a forest. During the winter, they were unable to stand the severe cold and heavy rains. One evening they found a firefly and believed it to be fire, so lifted it with care, covered it with dry grass and leaves, thrust forward their arms, scratched themselves, and enjoyed imagining that they were warm. One of them in particular, being especially chilly, blew...
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The Jackal at the Ram-Fight

Deva Sharma was resting carefree as his disciple’s virtuous conduct over the past few months had created a false trust in him. As he rested, he saw a herd of rams, and two of them were fighting ferociously. These two would angrily draw apart and dash together, their slab like foreheads crashing so that blood flowed freely. The smell of blood drew a jackal there to feast on the blood the two rams...
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The Wedge-Pulling Monkey

Once a merchant was building a temple in his garden. Every day at the noon hour, the foreman and workers would go to city for lunch. One day, when the workers had left for their usual lunch break, a group of monkeys came upon the half-built temple. They began their playful frolics upon tree-tops, lofty roof, and woodpile. One of the monkeys fancied a tremendous tree log that was being sawed by a...
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