Jataka Tales for Kids Help to Develop Moral Conduct and Good Behavior

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Jataka tales are a collection of interesting stories that are based on the life of Buddha and each story contains a moral lesson that helps to add value to life.The Jataka tales for kids contain deep truths and are believed to impress lessons of great moral beauty.

Jataka Tales for Kids Help to Develop Moral Conduct and Good Behavior

Moral values play a vital role in molding the nature and attitude of children in their life. Good values that are developed at an early age help them to go through the entire life cycle as good human beings. And moral stories contribute a lot to this. Educative and heart touching stories with a lesson at the end of each story that explain the importance and usefulness of morals in life helps children to understand what is good and what is bad.

The Jataka tales for kids are interesting stories that tell about the life of Buddha in both animal and human form. Written in 300 B.C. these stories have contributed to the development of many civilizations, enhanced good behavior, inspired architecture, painting and sculpture of enduring aesthetic value.

The Jataka stories are the earliest and original Buddhist literature and relate to the various adventures of the Buddha in former existences. The main character in the stories is identified with the master. Lord Buddha himself explained various concepts like rebirth and Karma using the Jataka stories and laid great emphasis on the importance of moral values in life. These stories for kids were introduced by the Buddhist teachers to illustrate the doctrines of their faith and to glorify the sanctity of Buddha. The fables were popular tales to rouse interest of the hearers.

Jatala tales for kids were written in Pali language, but later they have been translated in various other languages around the world. The stories are intended to impart values of morality, honesty, self- sacrifice and other informative values. The stories are based on the former incarnations of Buddha like an animal, a bird and at times human beings. They have the background in or near Benares, a holy city in North Central India.

Buddha was the son of King Shuddhodhana and he attained “Jnana” while he was in meditation. Before taking birth as Bodhisatwa, he had taken birth as different animals and human beings. All the stories show how good ultimately wins over evil and opens up the mind to knowledge and wisdom. They are compiled with Buddha’s insight into the powers governing the existence of life.

The stories teach respect of the elders. Often learning the Eightfold Path and the Four Noble Truths were daunting, but the concepts can easily be taught through moral lessons via the Jataka stories. The five percepts of Buddhism were the minimum obligations that had to be followed by laypeople. So to lead a good life and to attain liberation from rebirth it is important to follow the five percepts: Do not kill anything, Do not speak lie, Do not steal, Do not engage in sexual misconduct and Do not use drugs or drink alcohol.

The Jataka tales for kids contain deep truths and are believed to impress lessons of great moral beauty. Stories like the Monkey and the Crocodile, The Banyan Deer, The Great Ape, Prince Sattva and etc. all illustrate the importance of true values in life. The tales are nobly conceived, have a lofty meaning that is easy to understand for young children.


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author avatar Md Rezaul Karim
7th Feb 2016 (#)

Now a days most of the schools lacking in moral based stories, all of us seem becoming more materialistic!

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