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Story of a Snake Charmer
The Illustrated Jataka & Other Stories of the Buddha by C.B. Varma
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The snake charmer showing tricks with a snake and a monkey, Amravati
Once, there lived
a snake-charmer in the city of Varanasi. He had a snake and a monkey. And
he used to show tricks with them to earn his livelihood. One day, when the
entire city was involved in the celebration of seven-day festival, he left
the monkey with a corn factor to participate in the festivities.
The corn factor treated the monkey nicely. He took a good care of the animal and offered him all sorts of good food. On the seventh day, when the snake charmer returned after his merriment he was still drunk and was not in his usual senses. He took his monkey back from the corn-factor and beat him three times with a piece of bamboo as if it were a joke. He then tethered him in the garden and fell asleep. The monkey, however, escaped and climbed on a mango tree in the garden.
the snake charmer woke up and found the monkey sitting on a tree and
enjoying the fruits, he coaxed him with sweet words and asked him to come
back. So, he said, “Come my nice one.”
monkey then said,
praises are meaningless and unsound
a nice monkey is never to be found.
these stanzas the monkey joined the band of other monkeys and never
returned to his master.
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