RAMAN STORIES

Rama, The Dutiful son

The King's mother died before she could eat the mango she had asked for and some wily courtiers convinced the king that his mother's soul would not rest in peace until a golden mango was given to each one of them. Accordingly a long line of courtiers formed outside the palace. Rama met them at the gate and told them that each man would get as many golden mangoes as burns he agreed to receive on his body with red hot irons. The courtiers gritted their teeth and suffered three of four burns each but when they went in, each man got only one golden mango. The courtiers were very angry and complained to the king. The king sent for Rama and asked for an explanation.
Said Rama: "Your Majesty, you mother died before she could eat the mango and mine died before she could be cauterised and I wished to fulfil her last wish."
The king realised that Rama was trying to show up the greedy courtiers and laughed and sent them away.

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