bear remained loyal to the king and to the word agreed upon. During the King's
turn, the lion repeated its request to drop the sleeping bear and he would be
spared if dropped.
Being selfish, he dropped down it as prey to the lion. Before reaching the
ground, the falling bear assumed its real form of Yaksha and cursed the king to
go mad and suffer for the sin of breach of trust. The curse at one worked on
him. He started babbling, crying and roaming about in the forest listlessly. His
miserable plight reached the ears of his
father and people. They sought the help of sages and priests.
On being advised that he would be cured of his lunacy, if he were to take bath
in the Pushkarini situated in the Seven Hills; they made an intensive search for
it, and when bathed in the Pushkarini, he regained his sanity and enjoyed a
happy life. Such is the efficacy of the water of the Pushkarini.
second episode is embodied in the epic Mahabaratha. A certain brahmin by name
Kasyapa renowned for his mastery over Ayurveda, was successfully curing all the
ailments, inclusive of snake bite. When he was sent for to save King Parikshit
bitten by Taksha, a powerful serpent, he did not oblige the dying king, due to
the bribes in the form of Jewels he received from Taksha and so Parikshit died.
A doctor according to scriptures should save patients including his inveterate
enemies too with proper medication, if he has them with him, if not he incurs