[INDOLOGY] Identifying a verse

Tyler Williams tylerwwilliams at gmail.com
Mon Nov 6 01:38:06 UTC 2017

Dear Greg,

This story does indeed appear in the *Kathāsaritasāgara*, and in the
Persian *Anvār-i Suhailī*. Sorry that I don't have the exact reference.


On Sun, Nov 5, 2017 at 7:50 PM, Greg Bailey via INDOLOGY <
indology at list.indology.info> wrote:

> Dear Lost,
> A friend who is not on the list asked me for some information about this
> brief story which he believes may be expressed in a few ślokas. It strikes
> me that it may come from somewhere in the Kath?sarits?gara. Any suggestions
> would be much appreciated.
> I am writing to get some reference to a Sanskrit stanza (Shloka) which
> relates to an ancient Indian story.  To put this in context the story
> goes as follows:
> An itinerant trader leaves a bowl made of gold for safe-keeping with a
> friend, to look after it while he is away.  On his return, the trader
> finds that the friend had substituted the bowl to one of brass.  The
> trader realizes that he had been cheated but says nothing.  Years later
> the friend asks the trader to teach his son the art of trading.  The
> trader takes the son to his home.  A few years later, the friend comes
> to pick his son, but finds to his horror the son tied to a tree like a
> monkey and trained to act like one.  Aghast, the friend asks what
> happened.  And the trader replies, "Just like gold can turn to brass, so
> can a boy turn to a monkey".
> There is, I believe, a Sanskrit shloka which tells this story in verse.
> I am looking for a reference to the Sanskrit text.
> Cheers,
> Greg Bailey
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