All posts by Mahesh Prabhu

Whose Miracle?

Ancient Sanskrit tale of Vedic sages translated, retold and illustrated by U. Mahesh Prabhu There was once a spiritual master who attracted many disciples. When he died his devotees did not wish his cult to come to an end. There was a young scholar who served the master and who …

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One Unkept Promise

Ancient Sanskrit tale of Vedic sages translated, retold and illustrated by U. Mahesh Prabhu A long time ago there was a small kingdom somewhere around the India’s Gangetic plains ruled by a king named Shashijit. One year it faced a great crisis. The monsoon was good, and the crops were …

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Comparison – The Nemesis of Happiness

Ancient Sanskrit tale of Vedic sages translated, retold and illustrated by U. Mahesh Prabhu Long ago there lived a young man named Virendra. He earned his living by serving a merchant. He passed his nights sleeping on the veranda of an inn whose keeper had a kind of liking for …

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The Last String

Ancient tales of the rishis (Vedic sages) retold with illustration by U. Mahesh Prabhu Once a rishi appeared before a king and said, “If you give me some money, I will return the sum to you in due course; indeed, I will give you ten times more than what you …

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Hiss and Bite

There once was a vicious snake blessed with lethal venom; so terrified were people about it that none dared to pass through the forest ruled by it. They preferred a longer route to their destination – but never the road which passed through that jungle. After a great many years, when …

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The Three Crucial Questions

This is an ancient Sanskrit tale told by Vedic rishis (sages) translated, retold and illustrated by U. Mahesh Prabhu Bhoja Raja, also known as Raja Bhoj, was one of greatest kings hailed by ancient Indian (read Vedic) legends. He was a powerful and accomplished warrior-king – yet, his love for …

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Holyman’s Greed

Ancient Sanskrit tale told by the Vedic sages translated, retold and illustrated by U. Mahesh Prabhu Long ago, in India, there was a very prosperous city called Shravasti. So prosperous was the city that it had not a single beggar. Although basking in affluence – people weren’t particularly happy. One …

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Living In Fear

This is an ancient Sanskrit tale told by Vedic rishis (sages) translated, retold and illustrated by U. Mahesh Prabhu Long ago, somewhere on the banks of the river Ganga, there happened to be a small fortified town called Vidhisha. Outside the town walls was a huge Banyan tree that stood …

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The Results of Education

The following story is part of TIMELESS TALES OF A WISE SAGE book by U. Mahesh Prabhu On a part of a mountain, a hen-parrot brought two chicks into the world. These chicks were caught by a hunter when the mother had left the nest to search for food. One of …

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The Smart Jackal

The following story is from U. Mahesh Prabhu’s upcoming book TIMELESS TALES OF A WISE SAGE.  The wise who wrongs another, Pursuing selfish good, Should keep his plans a secret, As jackal did in the wood.” In a forest there once lived a lion, in company with three counselors, a …

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