The Monk who Journeyed to Heaven

A monk came to the king. "I journey to heaven each night!" he boasted. Intrigued, the king invited the monk to stay in the royal guest house.
The next morning, the monk proclaimed, "I bring you greetings from the gods in heaven!"
The prime minister was not impressed. That night he had wood heaped around the guest house.
"What are you doing?" asked the king.
"The monk's earthly body will burn, and then we'll see his heavenly body."
The guest house burned down, and no one saw the monk again.
"No doubt he stayed in heaven," thought the foolish king.


Inspired byThe Panchatantra, translated by Arthur Ryder.
Notes: It is in Book 1, Story 25.

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