Prince of Monkeys
a time there was a cruel monkey king who ruled in the Himalayas.
All the monkeys in his band were his own wives and children. He
was afraid that one of his sons might grow up and take over as king.
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.
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
long this baby grew up to be big and strong. One day he asked his
mother, "Where is my father?" She told him, "He is
king of a band of monkeys living at the foot of a far-off mountain.
That makes you a prince!"
prince of monkeys said, "Kindly take me to my father."
His mother said, "No my son, I am afraid to do so. Your father
bites all his sons in order to weaken them for life. He is afraid
one of his sons will replace him as king." The prince said,
"Don't be afraid for me, mother. I can take care of myself."
This gave her confidence, so she agreed and took him to his father.
the cruel old king saw his strong young son, he thought. "I
have no doubt that when this my son grows stronger he will steal
my kingdom from me. Therefore I must kill him while I still can!
I will hug him, pretending it is out of love for him. But really
I will squeeze him to death!"
king welcomed his son, saying, "Ah, my long lost son! Where
have you been all this time? I have missed you dearly." Then
he took him in his arms and hugged him. He kept squeezing harder
and harder, trying to squeeze the life out of him! But the prince
of monkeys was as strong as an elephant. He hugged his father right
back. He squeezed him tighter and tighter, until he could feel the
old king's rib bones starting to crack!
this terrible greeting, the monkey king was even more terrified
that one day his son would kill him. He thought, "Nearby there
is a pond possessed by a water demon. It would be easy to get him
to eat my son. Then my problems would be over!"
monkey king said, "Oh my dear son, now is the perfect time
for you to come home. For I am old and I would like to hand over
my band of monkeys to you. But I need flowers for the coronation
ceremony. Go to the nearby pond and bring back two kinds of white
water lilies, three kinds of blue water lilies and five types of
prince of monkeys said, "Yes my father, I will go and get them."
he arrived at the pond, he saw that there were many kinds of water
lilies and lotuses growing all over it. But instead of jumping right
in and picking them, he investigated carefully. He walked slowly
along the bank. He noticed there were footprints going into the
pond, but none coming out! After considering, he realised this was
a sure sign the pond was possessed by a water demon. He also realised
his father must have sent him there to be killed.
investigated further, until he found a narrow part of the pond.
There, with great effort, he was able to jump from one side clear
across to the other. In the midst of his leap he reached down and
picked flowers, without actually getting into the water. Then he
jumped back again, picking more flowers. He continued jumping back
and forth, collecting lots of flowers.
the water demon stuck his head up above the water. He exclaimed,
"In all the time I've lived here I have never seen anyone,
man or beast, as wise as this monkey! He has picked all the flowers
he wanted, without ever coming within the grasp of my power, here
in my kingdom of water."
the ferocious demon made a path for himself through the water and
came up onto the bank. He said, "My lord, king of monkeys,
there are three qualities that make a person unbeatable by his enemies.
It appears that you have all three skill, courage and wisdom.
You must be truly invincible! Tell me, mighty one, why have you
collected all those flowers?"
prince of monkeys replied, "My father wants to make me king
in his place. He sent me to gather these flowers for the coronation
water demon said, "You are too noble to be burdened by carrying
these flowers. Let me carry them for you." He picked up all
the flowers and followed him.
a distance, the monkey king saw the water demon carrying the flowers
and following the prince. He thought, "I sent him to get flowers,
thinking he would be eaten by the demon. But instead he has made
the water demon his servant. I am lost!"
monkey king was afraid all his unwholesome deeds had caught up with
him. He went into a sudden panic, which caused his heart to break
into seven pieces. Of course this killed him on the spot!
monkey band voted to make the strong young prince the new king.
moral is: It pays to be careful.