The Jataka Tales lack the level of seriousness contained by the Qur’an and the Gita. The Jataka Tales took on a more elementary form compared to the other two works, but it is not to say the tales bore child-like writing trends. In fact, like many literary works of art, the Jataka Tales consisted of many small lessons, similar to ones we were taught as children. For example, in one tale we run into a character by the name of Girly-Face who teaches us not to believe everything we hear. The lessons learned in each tale hold value. They have practical uses that have the tendency to lead one to a virtuous lifestyle. It read as a more upfront version of being taught about the consequences of our decisions. It didn’t require any figurative translating or deciphering to obtain meaning. The Qur’an and Gita, however, were a bit more obscure. Unlike the Jataka Tales, the Qur’an and Gita required careful scanning of each line. Each had their own level of acting as a guide to a richer life.
The Gita’s repetitiveness made it seem too ongoing, and its context was not transparently clear to begin with. It was difficult to read, and for that reason, I thought it was the least effective writing style. I think the most effective style was that of the Qur’an. The Qur’an’s text was clear on cause and effect, similar to the Jataka Tales, but includes the spiritual effect. It may be a bias decision, but as a man of faith, I’d like to believe that the word of a higher power has more of an effect on me than, a few stories I entertained my kids with.
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