Author: Anant Pai
Illustrator: Souren Roy / Pratap Mulick / Dilip Kadam / Chavan
Publisher: India Book House
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8175082887
This volume of Pancharatna series of Amar Chitra Katha comics contains five titles. These are: Buddha; Angulimala ; Amrapali & Upagupta ; King Kusha ; and The Acrobat.
The first Chitra Katha in this volume is on the life of Buddha. He refused to subscribe to the caste system which had ceased to be Dharma and had become a tool of oppression. He would not accept the power-drunk priests as sole agents of God. He questioned the authority of Vedas. And he was convinced that penance and meditation as mere rituals without the accompanying sincerity and contemplation was futile.
The second Chitra Kath in this issue Angulimala is from the Buddhist text Paramatthadipani of Dhammapala.
The story of Amrapali is told in the Maha-Parinibbana Sutta and in Malasarvastivadas. The garden which Amrapali gave up to Lord Buddha was still in existence when Fa-Hien visited India during the Gupta age. Upagupta was a disciple of Buddha. For him, ahimsa did not merely mean desisting from violence but doing positive good and showing compassion. When Vasavadatta was shunned by society and had nowhere to go, Upagupta took her to his hermitage.
King Kusha and the Acrobat are stories included in the Pali canon.
Amrapali and Upagupta