Warning: include(domaintitles/domaintitle_wiki.exoticindiaart.php3): failed to open stream: No such file or directory in /home/exotic/newexotic/header.php3 on line 921

Warning: include(): Failed opening 'domaintitles/domaintitle_wiki.exoticindiaart.php3' for inclusion (include_path='.:/usr/lib/php:/usr/local/lib/php') in /home/exotic/newexotic/header.php3 on line 921

Subscribe for Newsletters and Discounts
Be the first to receive our thoughtfully written
religious articles and product discounts.
Your interests (Optional)
This will help us make recommendations and send discounts and sale information at times.
By registering, you may receive account related information, our email newsletters and product updates, no more than twice a month. Please read our Privacy Policy for details.
.
By subscribing, you will receive our email newsletters and product updates, no more than twice a month. All emails will be sent by Exotic India using the email address info@exoticindia.com.

Please read our Privacy Policy for details.
|6
Sign In  |  Sign up
Your Cart (0)
Best Deals
Share our website with your friends.
Email this page to a friend
Books > Language and Literature > Jataka Tales- Birth Stories of Buddha
Subscribe to our newsletter and discounts
Jataka Tales- Birth Stories of Buddha
Pages from the book
Jataka Tales- Birth Stories of Buddha
Look Inside the Book
Description
Foreword

In their desire to be all things to all men, the Buddhists of India presented the doctrine of the Enlightened One in the form of learned treatises to one kind of public, in the form of delightful tales to another. In the translation of the philosophical treatises a strict, and even pedantic, literalness ought to be observed. This is not so, on the other hand, with the Tales and Fables, which lose most of their charm and flavour in the process.

The conventions of Indian story telling are, indeed, so different from our own, that their literal reproduction makes tiresome reading. The six volumes of the Cambridge translation of the Pali version of the Jatakas are of great value to scholars for philological, historical and archaeological purposes. No one, however, would read them for pleasure. In order to be more widely appreciated, the Birth Stories must obviously be retold in the idiom of to-day. This need not, as Miss Beswick's selections demonstrate, involve any distortion of the underlying teachings, and her rendering is alive with the spiritual purpose and message which unknown monks thousands of years ago have infused into the folklore of India.

Introduction

The Jataka Tales (Birth-Stories)-of which there are 547-are tales told by the Buddha of his previous births as bird, animal, man. They were remembered and recorded by his followers not long after his death. It is not a new idea that some people can recall their past lives on earth (though much so-called memory is wishful thinking or imagination) for Pythagoras, whom no one could accuse of wishful thinking or embroidery, gave instances of a few of his own past lives.

And since the main teaching of the Buddha was that actions bring their due effects under immutable law, against which all prayers are unavailing, and that each life is the outcome of previous lives, it is not surprising that part of his method of impressing this on his listeners was by means of the descriptions of the past lives of himself and of others, showing not only the relationship between people but also in graphic form what evil is like and what good qualities are like.

Throughout the stories we see the line of life possessing those spiritual qualities which blossom in Buddhahood acting in and through various types of bodies, always helping, always reasoning, acting after forethought, full of effort and animated by love, finally developing the power to sacrifice life itself.

The qualities of friendship are brought out clearly in such delightful stories as the deer, the woodpecker and the tortoise; or in finer form in the actions of Banyan, the golden deer, the great-hearted monkey, and the love of the elephant's wife caught by a crab. Duty is extolled: determination and perseverance are shown as necessary qualities to possess, and the power of evil is shown in all its degradation. It is interesting, by the way, to note that throughout the animal stories there is little or no evil in them, but when the stories deal with human beings we see cruelty and evil in abundance ! The stories were told around some incident then happening, and it is in their relationship with that incident that we find their true lesson.

At the close of the story the Buddha always identified the birth so that lines of action and character stand out clearly from the past to the present, sometimes the same, some-times changed for the better. It is not surprising that his favourite disciple, Ananda, and the two chief members of his Brotherhood, Sariputta and Mog-gallana, should appear very often with him as his friends of the past, and Devadatta, his cousin who tried often to destroy him in various ways, as his enemy. With poetic licence these some-times appear as human beings while the life-to-become-the-Buddha was still in animal form, as in the case of the birth as the " Obedient Elephant ", where Ananda was the mahout and Devadatta the evil king. After the death of the Buddha representations of the stories were carved on stone or painted on rock, as on the gates of the great Sanchi Stupa or memorial, the eastern gate of which was taken as one of the archaeological series of stamps by India when attaining her freedom. Also at the Bharhut Stupa and the Ajanta caves.

Much more of the Buddha's teaching can of course be found elsewhere, in The Dhammapada,1 the Footsteps of the Law, a collection of sayings of the Buddha accepted as such at the Council of King Asoka, 240 B.C., and in the voluminous writings that have grown up around the teachings during the centuries. Who was the Buddha ? Dr. Radhakrishnan in his lecture, 1 A Selection is published in the Wisdom of the East Series: The Dhammapada, trans. by Nirada Thera.

Gautama the Buddha ', 1938 (one of the annual Henriette Hertz Trust lectures on a Master Mind, at the British Academy), said " He belongs to the history of the world's thought, to the general inheritance of all cultivated men ; for, judged by intellectual integrity, moral earnestness and spiritual insight, he is undoubtedly one of the greatest figures in history." As for biographical information about this great Sage, there is no doubt that he was born of a royal family at Kapilavastu in north-east India about 5oo B.C. His father was King Suddhodana, his mother Queen Maya. Before he was born, Queen Maya dreamt that a star fell from Heaven and entered her womb, and when the child was born it is said that the rocks gave water for his first bath while the trees made a bower for the queen.

He was given the name of Siddharta, which is a shortened form of Sarvdrtthasiddha-the ' realization of all desires '. His family name was Gautama----` on earth the most victorious '. The story tells of the visit of the Wise Men ' to see the baby, of the warnings given to the king that his son might not rule the king-dom, of the young boy surprising his tutors with his knowledge, of his play with his cousins and the shooting down of a swan giving the boy his first knowledge of pain. The swan was shot down with an arrow by his cousin Devadatta but Siddharta picked it up and, calming the fluttering bird, removed the arrow.

Wondering why the bird should have fallen he pricked his own flesh with the sharp point of the arrow and felt pain for the first time. When his cousin claimed the bird as his by right of conquest, the prince said that it was his, for he had saved its life. We read of the great tournament held for the hand of beautiful Yasodhara, and of Siddharta's triumph and marriage.

**Sample Pages**







Jataka Tales- Birth Stories of Buddha

Item Code:
NAX781
Cover:
PAPERBACK
Edition:
2007
Publisher:
ISBN:
9788173031731
Language:
English
Size:
7.00 X 5.00 inch
Pages:
112
Other Details:
Weight of the Book: 0.1 Kg
Price:
$12.00   Shipping Free
Look Inside the Book
Be the first to rate this product
Add to Wishlist
Send as e-card
Send as free online greeting card
Jataka Tales- Birth Stories of Buddha
From:
Edit     
You will be informed as and when your card is viewed. Please note that your card will be active in the system for 30 days.

Viewed 693 times since 26th Oct, 2020
Foreword

In their desire to be all things to all men, the Buddhists of India presented the doctrine of the Enlightened One in the form of learned treatises to one kind of public, in the form of delightful tales to another. In the translation of the philosophical treatises a strict, and even pedantic, literalness ought to be observed. This is not so, on the other hand, with the Tales and Fables, which lose most of their charm and flavour in the process.

The conventions of Indian story telling are, indeed, so different from our own, that their literal reproduction makes tiresome reading. The six volumes of the Cambridge translation of the Pali version of the Jatakas are of great value to scholars for philological, historical and archaeological purposes. No one, however, would read them for pleasure. In order to be more widely appreciated, the Birth Stories must obviously be retold in the idiom of to-day. This need not, as Miss Beswick's selections demonstrate, involve any distortion of the underlying teachings, and her rendering is alive with the spiritual purpose and message which unknown monks thousands of years ago have infused into the folklore of India.

Introduction

The Jataka Tales (Birth-Stories)-of which there are 547-are tales told by the Buddha of his previous births as bird, animal, man. They were remembered and recorded by his followers not long after his death. It is not a new idea that some people can recall their past lives on earth (though much so-called memory is wishful thinking or imagination) for Pythagoras, whom no one could accuse of wishful thinking or embroidery, gave instances of a few of his own past lives.

And since the main teaching of the Buddha was that actions bring their due effects under immutable law, against which all prayers are unavailing, and that each life is the outcome of previous lives, it is not surprising that part of his method of impressing this on his listeners was by means of the descriptions of the past lives of himself and of others, showing not only the relationship between people but also in graphic form what evil is like and what good qualities are like.

Throughout the stories we see the line of life possessing those spiritual qualities which blossom in Buddhahood acting in and through various types of bodies, always helping, always reasoning, acting after forethought, full of effort and animated by love, finally developing the power to sacrifice life itself.

The qualities of friendship are brought out clearly in such delightful stories as the deer, the woodpecker and the tortoise; or in finer form in the actions of Banyan, the golden deer, the great-hearted monkey, and the love of the elephant's wife caught by a crab. Duty is extolled: determination and perseverance are shown as necessary qualities to possess, and the power of evil is shown in all its degradation. It is interesting, by the way, to note that throughout the animal stories there is little or no evil in them, but when the stories deal with human beings we see cruelty and evil in abundance ! The stories were told around some incident then happening, and it is in their relationship with that incident that we find their true lesson.

At the close of the story the Buddha always identified the birth so that lines of action and character stand out clearly from the past to the present, sometimes the same, some-times changed for the better. It is not surprising that his favourite disciple, Ananda, and the two chief members of his Brotherhood, Sariputta and Mog-gallana, should appear very often with him as his friends of the past, and Devadatta, his cousin who tried often to destroy him in various ways, as his enemy. With poetic licence these some-times appear as human beings while the life-to-become-the-Buddha was still in animal form, as in the case of the birth as the " Obedient Elephant ", where Ananda was the mahout and Devadatta the evil king. After the death of the Buddha representations of the stories were carved on stone or painted on rock, as on the gates of the great Sanchi Stupa or memorial, the eastern gate of which was taken as one of the archaeological series of stamps by India when attaining her freedom. Also at the Bharhut Stupa and the Ajanta caves.

Much more of the Buddha's teaching can of course be found elsewhere, in The Dhammapada,1 the Footsteps of the Law, a collection of sayings of the Buddha accepted as such at the Council of King Asoka, 240 B.C., and in the voluminous writings that have grown up around the teachings during the centuries. Who was the Buddha ? Dr. Radhakrishnan in his lecture, 1 A Selection is published in the Wisdom of the East Series: The Dhammapada, trans. by Nirada Thera.

Gautama the Buddha ', 1938 (one of the annual Henriette Hertz Trust lectures on a Master Mind, at the British Academy), said " He belongs to the history of the world's thought, to the general inheritance of all cultivated men ; for, judged by intellectual integrity, moral earnestness and spiritual insight, he is undoubtedly one of the greatest figures in history." As for biographical information about this great Sage, there is no doubt that he was born of a royal family at Kapilavastu in north-east India about 5oo B.C. His father was King Suddhodana, his mother Queen Maya. Before he was born, Queen Maya dreamt that a star fell from Heaven and entered her womb, and when the child was born it is said that the rocks gave water for his first bath while the trees made a bower for the queen.

He was given the name of Siddharta, which is a shortened form of Sarvdrtthasiddha-the ' realization of all desires '. His family name was Gautama----` on earth the most victorious '. The story tells of the visit of the Wise Men ' to see the baby, of the warnings given to the king that his son might not rule the king-dom, of the young boy surprising his tutors with his knowledge, of his play with his cousins and the shooting down of a swan giving the boy his first knowledge of pain. The swan was shot down with an arrow by his cousin Devadatta but Siddharta picked it up and, calming the fluttering bird, removed the arrow.

Wondering why the bird should have fallen he pricked his own flesh with the sharp point of the arrow and felt pain for the first time. When his cousin claimed the bird as his by right of conquest, the prince said that it was his, for he had saved its life. We read of the great tournament held for the hand of beautiful Yasodhara, and of Siddharta's triumph and marriage.

**Sample Pages**







Post a Comment
 
Post a Query
For privacy concerns, please view our Privacy Policy
Based on your browsing history
Loading... Please wait

Items Related to Jataka Tales- Birth Stories of Buddha (Language and Literature | Books)

Wisdom of Jataka Tales (Collection of Stories Related to The Previous Births of Lord Buddha)
Deal 20% Off
by Anuradha Srivastava
Paperback (Edition: 2010)
Manoj Publications, Delhi
Item Code: NAJ428
$11.00$8.80
You save: $2.20 (20%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Jataka Mala or A Garland of Birth Stories
by Marie Mesaeus-Higgins
Hardcover (Edition: 2007)
Sri Satguru Publications
Item Code: NAC443
$32.50
Add to Cart
Buy Now
The Jatakas: Birth Stories of the Bodhisatta
by Sarah Shaw
Paperback (Edition: 2006)
Penguin Books
Item Code: IDH502
$29.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Dalai Lamas of Tibet: Succession of Births
by Inder L. Malik
Hardcover (Edition: 1990)
Uppal Publishing House
Item Code: IDF035
$18.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Generous Wisdom: Commentaries on The Jatakamala, Garland of Birth Stories by The Dalai Lama
Deal 20% Off
Item Code: IHF001
$17.50$14.00
You save: $3.50 (20%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Birth of the Bastard Price (The Legend of Amrapali)
Deal 20% Off
by Anurag Anand
Paperback (Edition: 2014)
Rupa Publication Pvt. Ltd.
Item Code: NAP558
$29.00$23.20
You save: $5.80 (20%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
My Journey: A Tale of Two Births
Item Code: NAM967
$43.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Birth and Early Growth of Indian Society
by S. R. Goyal
Hardcover (Edition: 2016)
Kusumanjali Book World, Jodhpur
Item Code: NAK210
$36.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Testimonials
Fantastic! Thank You for amazing service and fast replies!
Sonia, Sweden
I’ve started receiving many of the books I’ve ordered and every single one of them (thus far) has been fantastic - both the books themselves, and the execution of the shipping. Safe to say I’ll be ordering many more books from your website :)
Hithesh, USA
I have received the book Evolution II.  Thank you so much for all of your assistance in making this book available to me.  You have been so helpful and kind.
Colleen, USA
Thanks Exotic India, I just received a set of two volume books: Brahmasutra Catuhsutri Sankara Bhasyam
I Gede Tunas
You guys are beyond amazing. The books you provide not many places have and I for one am so thankful to have found you.
Lulian, UK
This is my first purchase from Exotic India and its really good to have such store with online buying option. Thanks, looking ahead to purchase many more such exotic product from you.
Probir, UAE
I received the kaftan today via FedEx. Your care in sending the order, packaging and methods, are exquisite. You have dressed my body in comfort and fashion for my constrained quarantine in the several kaftans ordered in the last 6 months. And I gifted my sister with one of the orders. So pleased to have made a connection with you.
EB Cuya FIGG, USA
Thank you for your wonderful service and amazing book selection. We are long time customers and have never been disappointed by your great store. Thank you and we will continue to shop at your store
Michael, USA
I am extremely happy with the two I have already received!
Robert, UK
I have just received the top and it is beautiful 
Parvathi, Malaysia
Language:
Currency:
All rights reserved. Copyright 2021 © Exotic India