The Monkeys and the Mango Tree: Teaching Stories of the Saints and Sadhus of India

Paperback | January 1, 1998

byHarish Johari

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These beautifully illustrated tales capture the mystery, enchantment, and profound spiritual teachings of India.
Story-telling has always been the way that India's holy men, the saints and sadhus, taught their students the vital lessons of life. Stories provide a living environment for the lesson of each story, and they can convey sophisticated concepts in simple language. Abounding with powerful genies, scheming gods, and wise mystics, The Monkeys and the Mango Tree can be read as an exotic Aesop's Fables, as a source of classic wisdom, or as a simple and memorable introduction to the stories of the most spiritual civilization on earth. These twenty-five beautifully illustrated tales capture the mystery, the enchantment, and the profound spiritual learning that is India.

Drawn from the great Indian epics?the Puranas, the Upanishads, and the Mahabharata?as well as from the author's own remarkable life, these tales put ageless Indian wisdom into the form of stories that are delights for young and old alike.

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These beautifully illustrated tales capture the mystery, enchantment, and profound spiritual teachings of India. Story-telling has always been the way that India's holy men, the saints and sadhus, taught their students the vital lessons of life. Stories provide a living environment for the lesson of each story, and they can convey soph...

Harish Johari (1934-1999) was a scholar, artist, and composer who studied with many of the great saints of India. He worked for decades to introduce the culture of his homeland to the West. He authored many books, including Chakras, Ayurvedic Massage, Ayurvedic Healing Cuisine, Breath, Mind, and Consciousness, The Healing Power of Gems...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:160 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.5 inPublished:January 1, 1998Publisher:Inner Traditions/Bear & Company

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0892815647

ISBN - 13:9780892815647

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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Table of Contents

The Monkeys and the Mango Tree
Teaching Stories of the Saints and of India
Introduction
The Bird of Prosperity
The Secret Formula
The Sweeper Who Became a Saint
Transformation
The Butter in the Milk
The Merchant and the Courtesan
Shankara and His Disciples
What to Do When You Meet a Fool
The King of a Year
The Saint and the Scorpion
Dhapli Baba
King Janaka and Lakshman
The Guru and the King
The Lesson
The Difficult Job
The Monkeys and the Mango Tree
The Merchant Who Would Not Go to Heaven
The Saint Who Could Do Miracles
Saraswati Nadi

Editorial Reviews

"The mythic and folkloric worlds of the East are opened up in this delightful compilation of tales. Complete with powerful gods, scheming kings, and wise mystics, the storytelling tradition of India is shown to stand as tall as any in the West."