By Todd Anderson
Quantity 2, tales 51-100
King Six Tusker and
The Queen Who Hated Him
Interpreted via Kurunegoda Piyatissa Maha Thera
Stories informed via Todd Anderson
Illustrated by means of John Patterson
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So it was his policy to bite each son just after he was born. This altered him so he would be too weak to ever challenge his father. A certain wife of the monkey king was pregnant. Just in case the unborn one was a son, she wanted to protect him from the cruel policy of her husband. So she ran away to a forest at the foot of a distant mountain. There she soon gave birth to a bright little baby boy monkey. Before long this baby grew up to be big and strong. ” She told him, “He is king of a band of monkeys living at the foot of a far-off mountain.
Then he said to his pupil, “My son, there really is no such thing as the “Unhappiness Degree”. Wicked women cause unhappiness. You are fortunate to have such a good and wise mother. By sending you here to earn the Unhappiness Degree, she wanted you to learn how evil some women can be. “You have seen with your own eyes how my mother was filled with craving and vanity. She has taught you this lesson. ” Then she said, “I ask you again, my son, do you wish to leave the worldly life and go into the forest to worship the fire god?
Due to this wise advice, King Fruitful became even less concerned with the crowd outside, realising that the greatest obstacles, or hindrances, are the ones inside. Meanwhile Queen Sivali fell at his feet once again. She pleaded, “Oh king, hear the wails of your subjects. ” He replied, “I have already left my subjects, friends, relatives and my country behind. ” She continued, “Oh king, by becoming a monk you are leaving me without a husband. What a shame! ” He said, “Only be careful to teach the prince no unwholesome thoughts, words or deeds.
Buddhist tales for young and old by Todd Anderson