The Foolish Friend

Once there was a king that was very fond of animals. He had lots of dogs, horses, elephants, deer and other herbivorous animals in his palatial garden. One time during a hunting trip, he came upon a baby monkey abandoned in the jungle and brought him home. The baby monkey was well looked after in the palace. In course of time he grew to be a big fellow, and became an object of respect to the...
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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 Ungrateful Man

In a certain town lived a Brahman whose name was Bali. He could not find enough work to do and sometimes, he and his family had to go without food. At last the Brahman, undertook a long journey in search of work, and in a few days entered a great forest. While wandering hungry in this forest, he began to hunt for water. And in a certain spot he came upon a well, overgrown with grass. He walked...
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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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