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The Large Hearted Monkey

Updated on January 26, 2017

The Large Hearted Monkey and A King

Once there lived a giant-monkey and his troop of eighty thousand monkeys in a Himalayan jungle. There was a very large mango tree beside a river in the same jungle. The monkeys ate the mangoes and never allowed any mango to fall into the rever in fear that if anyone tasted it, he might come in search of the tree and attack their peaceful kingdom.

One day a mango fell into the river and flowed down up to Banaras. some fishermen happened to pick it up. They gave it to their king who, by chance, was present there of bath in the river. The royal family found a divine taste in the mango and extremely desired more of it.

The king and his soldiers sailed up the river and reached the jungle where stood the mango tree. They ate the mangoes of the tree to their capacity. At night the monkey-chief and his troop arrived. They ate up all the remaining mangoes in the tree and made much noise. It broke the king's sleep and he ordered his archers to shoot down the monkeys in the morning. The monkeys overheard the king's words and they at once rushed to their chief and told him about the coming danger.

The monkey-chief made a bamboo bridge from this tree to another one across the river. But the bridge remained short by two feet. The monkey chief himself acted as a link and allowed all of the monkeys to escape to the other bank by crossing over his own two feet long body hanging in a linking position. There was also a wicked monkey jealous of the chief. He came last and jumped with such a great force on the chief that it broke his back. The king was watching everything. At dawn he got the monkey-chief brought down to him. The king asked the monkey-chief the reason of sacrificing his life for those monkeys.

The monkey-chief explained that he was the chief of those monkeys they had always loved and trusted him. Hence, it was his duty to live and die for the welfare of his subject. Before his death he advised the king that if he wanted to rule well, he should remember that the happiness and welfare of his people must always come first. The large-hearted monkey died of his injury. The king arranged the monkey's funeral with full honour and built two shrines in his memory. Later on he followed the dying monkey's advice throughout his life.


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