Hindu Literature

Hindu Literature
The Book of Good Counsels, Nala and Damayanti, The Rãmãyana and Åšakoontalã

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Hindu Literature by Toru Dutt, Kalidasa, Valmiki

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The Book of Good Counsels, Nala and Damayanti, The Rãmãyana and Åšakoontalã

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e he soon found himself plunged in mud, and unable to move.

'Ho! ho!' says the Tiger, 'art thou stuck in a slough? stay, I will fetch thee out!'

So saying he approached the wretched man and seized him--who meanwhile bitterly reflected--

'Be his Scripture-learning wondrous, yet the cheat will be a cheat; Be her pasture ne'er so bitter, yet the cow's milk will be sweet.'

And on that verse, too--

'Trust not water, trust not weapons; trust not clawed nor horned things; Neither give thy soul to women, nor thy life to Sons of Kings.'

And those others--

'Look! the Moon, the silver roamer, from whose splendor darkness flies With his starry cohorts marching, like a crowned king through the skies. All the grandeur, all the glory, vanish in the Dragon's jaw; What is written on the forehead, that will be, and nothing more,'

Here his meditations were cut short by the Tiger devouring him. "And that," said Speckle-neck, "is why we counselled caution."

"Why, yes!

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