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The Illustrated Jataka & Other Stories of the Buddha by C.B. Varma
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the people of Varanasi were holidaying on a religious day. The king’s
gardener, too, desired to participate in the religious festivities. As he
had obliged the monkeys by giving them shelter in the royal park he
approached the monkey king with a request to water the plants in his
absence. The monkey king acceded to his request and assured him that he
and his mates would do so. When the gardener departed he summoned all the
monkeys and instructed them to water the plants. As he owed gratitude to
the gardener he warned his followers not to waste water, which the
gardener had so diligently harnessed. Further, in order to save the water
he advised them to water the plants according to the size of their roots.
The monkeys then started pulling out each of the plants to measure the
size of the roots to pour water according to their sizes. They poured
plenty of water on the plants having large roots; and little water on the
plants having small roots. Thus, in minutes they pulled out all the plants
to irrigate them according to the size of their roots.
a passing wise man saw the monkeys acting in a bizarre way he demanded an
explanation from them for their foolish actions. The monkeys then said to
him that they were acting strictly on advice of their benefactor – the
gardener – as he had given them the shelter.
The wise man, however, told them
how to irrigate the plants without damaging them. But before leaving, he
every desire to do good
fool only harms others.
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