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The Monkey King
Once, there lived a
wise monkey, who was the leader of eighty thousand monkeys. One day,
wandering in a forest they went very far and became very thirsty. So, they
looked for water and eventually found a water-pond surrounded by densely
grown canes. But before the monkeys could jump into the water to quench
their thirst, their leader, the wise monkey, warned them to wait until the
safe drinking was assured, as the place was new for them. So, he made a
circuit and scrutinised the foot-prints around the pond.
There, he noticed that there were some foot-prints, which appeared
to have gone to the water but have not come up again.
So, he inferred that there was a water-ogre living in the lake. The
result of the investigation was very disappointing and frustrating for all
the monkeys. So, the wise monkey then made the suggestion that they could
still drink the water safely by using the canes as straws, as their was a
lavish growth of canes there. So, each monkey picked up one cane and made
it hollow to use it as a straw and drank the water.
Thus, they all quenched their thirst safely by obeying the wise
water-ogre, however, appeared but could not harm a single monkey, as he
was not empowered to touch the land.
monkey king is identified with the Bodhisatta;
the 80,000 monkeys with his followers; and the ogre with Devadatta).
Nalapana Jataka Jataka Pali
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