Author: Anant Pai
Illustrator: Jeffrey Fowler / Ashok Dongra
Publisher: India Book House
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8175082402
This special issue of Amar Chitra Katha comics features three Jataka tales. These are: Monkey Stories, Deer Stories, and Elephant Stories.
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. 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.
The Jataka tales, retold in this selection, will keep you amused while they show you how ultimately triumphs over evil.