ONCE the sage Markandeya came to see the Pandavas. Yudhishthira happened
to talk of the virtues of the fair sex and said:
"What greater wonder is there in this world than the patience and
the chastity of woman? She gives birth to a child after cherishing it in her womb as
dearer than life itself.
She brings it into the world inpain and anxiety 'and thence for ward
her one thought is for its health and happiness.
Large hearted and forgiving, a woman for- gives and continues to love
even a wicked husband who neglects and hates and subjects her to all sorts of miseries.
Hearing this Markandeya told him a sacred story.
There was once a brahmana, named Kausika who observed his vow of
brahma- charya. with great steadfastness and devotion.
One day, he sat under a tree reciting the Vedas. A crane, perched on
the top of the tree, defiled his head with its drop pings. He looked up at it, and his
angry look killed the bird and it fell down dead.