नृपसेवकवानर-कथा | The King’s Monkey Servant
तस्माच्चिरायुरिच्छत नृपेण मूर्खाऽनुचरो न रक्षणियः ।
कस्यचिद्राझो नित्यं वानरोऽतिभक्तिपरोऽङ्गसेवकोऽन्तः पुरेऽप्यप्रतिषिप्रसरोऽतिविश्वासस्थानप्रभूत् ।
एकदा राझो निद्रागतस्य वानरो व्यजनं नीत्वा वायु विदधति राझो वक्षःस्थलोपरि मक्षिकोपविष्टा ।
व्यजनेन मुहुर्मुहुर्निषिध्य – मानापि पुनः पुनस्तत्रैथपविशति ।
ततस्तेन स्वभावचपलेन मूर्खण वानरेण क्रुधेन सता तिक्ष्णं खङ्गमादाय तस्या उपरि प्रहारो विहितः ।
ततो मक्षिका उड्डीय गता । तेन शितधारेणासिना राझो वक्षो द्विधा जातं, राजा मृतश्च ।
“A king wishing long life should never keep foolish servants.”
A king had a monkey as his body-guard. He was very fond of the king, and as he was very much trusted by the king, he could go into the kings’ bed room without being stopped by anyone.
Once when the king was sleeping the monkey started breezing the king with a fan. While doing this a fly came and sat on the king’s chest. The monkey tried to ward off the fly with the fan. But the fly would come again and sit on the same place.
The monkey due to its foolish nature became angry, got a sharp sword and hit the fly to kill it. The fly flew away but, the king’s chest was divided into two, and the king died.