Forest ascetics, simple village lads, experienced travellers, and the
famous Aushadha Kumar shared a precious trait with the mighty
king of Kosala - they were exceptionally wise. These tales make it
quite clear that common sense is more precious than all the wealth of
the world. So, choose your companions for their sagacity and make
yourself rich beyond measure.
All living creatures die to be born again, so the Hindus believe. The Buddha was no exception. Legend has it that several lifetimes as a Bodhisattva went into the making of the Buddha, the Enlightened one.
The Bodhisattva came in many forms -man, monkey, deer, elephant, lion. Whatever his mortal body, he spread the message of justice and wisdom, tempered with compassion. This wisdom, the wisdom of right thinking and right living, is preserved in the Jataka tales.
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