A young man makes his fortune with a dead rat. A poor water carrier earns himself half a kingdom. A couple of misers learn a lesson in generosity and kindness. The Jataka Tales speak the wisdom of right living and right thinking. The stories for this collection have been selected from the 550 stories included in the Pali canon. They tell in simple and charming tales the merits of patience, of perseverance and of ingenuity. And the demerits of greed, pride and blind faith. They tell of the might of brain against brawn and the power of a generous deed.
The Jataka Tales also provide an interesting view of the people and culture of that time.
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