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Panchatantra Stories

The Brahmin's story

Morale of The Story is  "As you Sow , so you Reap"

A small town Long, long ago in a small village there was a poor Brahmin named Gopi. He could not find enough work to do. Sometimes, he and his family had to go without food.

At last Gopi decided to leave his village in search of work. Early next morning, before his wife and children woke up, he left the house. He did not know where to go or what to do. He just walked away.He walked the whole day until he came to a thick jungle. He was tired, thirsty and hungry. While looking around for water to drink, he found a well.He went to the well and looked in. There he saw a tiger, a monkey, a snake and a man. They had all fallen into the well.

Seeing the Brahmin the Tiger called out for help "O, noble Brahmin, Please help me out, so that I can go back to my family." Gopi said that "You are a tiger, I am afraid of you. How can I pull you out of this well? How do I know you will not kill me?" "Don’t be afraid of me, my dear man," replied the Tiger. "I promise I will not do you any harm. Please take pity on me and save my life."

Brahmin pulling Shersingh out of the wellGopi thought that "It is always good to be kind to others." He reached to the well and pulled out the tiger. The tiger thanked him and said, " I’m Shersingh. I live in a cave across the mountain. I shall be most delighted if you could visit me someday. Perhaps I could repay my debt to you."

Gopi then heard the monkey calling for help. The Brahmin at once pulled the monkey out. The monkey thanked the Brahmin and that that "My name is Bali and if you are ever in need of food, just drop in at my place. It is just below that big mountain." Same way Gopi pulled the snake out of the well.

The snake thanked him and said that "Remember, if you are ever in any difficulty, just call out my name – Nagesh, and wherever you are, I shall find you."

 Brahmin with all the animalsThe Tiger, the monkey and the snake took leave of the Brahmin.But before they left, they spoke to him about the man in the well. "Please do not help him, If you do,you will be in trouble yourself."

As soon as they left, the man in the well began to call out. Gopi felt sorry for the man and pulled him out of the well. The man said that "I am Seth Amirchand and I am a goldsmith. I live in the nearby city . If you ever need my help, don’t hesitate to visit my house."

After some time, the Brahmin continued his journey. But luck was against him. He could find no work. In the end he thought it would be best if he killed himself. He made up his mind to jump into the river and drown. But then he remembered Shersingh the Tiger, Bali the monkey, Nagesh the snake, and Seth the goldsmith. He thought it was time to seek their help.

Brahmin meets MonkeyHe first went to Bali, the monkey. The monkey was overjoyed to see him. He gave him a warm welcome and offered him some really delicious fruits.

Now Gopi wanted to see how Shersingh, would treat him. Bali showed him the way to the tiger’s cave. As soon as Shersingh saw Gopi coming, he ran out to welcome him. He had not forgotten the Brahmin who saved his life.

 

Brahmin meets tiger

Shersingh gave Gopi a beautiful gold necklace and other precious jewelry and said "Take this, my dear friend, as a small token of my gratitude and respect." Gopi thanked Shersingh for the jewelry and parted.

His journey had at last brought him luck, he thought. He would be able to sell the ornaments for a good price. Then he could return home. But who could help him to sell the ornaments?

He then remembered Seth Amirchand, the goldsmith. Would he help? He went to him. The goldsmith was glad to see Gopi. "What brings you here?" he asked. "I have come to ask for your help, Here are some ornaments. Please give me a good price for them" replied Gopi.Seth Amirchand took the jewelry and examined it carefully.

Brahmin showing the jwelery to the goldsmith"I shall certainly help you," he said. "But let me show them to another goldsmith. Please wait here."The goldsmith called his wife and asked her to look after the Brahmin. He then went out with the ornaments. Seth at once rushed to the King's Palace.

He saluted the king and said that "A Brahmin named Gopi brought these ornaments to me and asked me to sell them. But they are the ornaments I made for the Prince who is missing. So I told this man to wait in my house and ran here at once, Your Majesty, to show them to you." "Who is this man? Where is he?" thundered the King. "This man must have murdered my little Prince and robbed his jewels!" The King called for his most dreaded soldiers and said "Arrest the Brahmin who is in the goldsmith’s house and throw him into the darkest dungeons of the kingdom!"

Soldiers arresting BrahminThe King’s guard stormed into the goldsmith’s house and seized Gopi. The Brahmin could not understand what was going on.

"Why are you doing this? What have I done?" he asked the guards.

Soldiers said that "You have dared to kill the young Prince and stole his jewels,You will certainly be put to death for this great crime."

Gopi was thrown into a dark dungeon. He then remembered the words of Nagesh, the snake he had pulled out of the well. So he called out to the snake. Suddenly, almost like magic, Nagesh, the snake slithered his way down a narrow window into the dingy cell.

Seeing him Gopi cried and said "Please help me, I have been sentenced to death for a crime I did not commit." Gopi then told the snake what had happened. After listening the whole story Nagesh told him that "I have a plan, I shall creep into the Queen’s room and bite her," said Nagesh. "She will faint. No matter what they do, she will remain asleep. The poison will remain in her body until you place you hand on her forehead," explained Nagesh.

Snake bites the Queen

He then left Krishnan and went to the palace. He crept into the Queen’s room and bit her. The Queen fainted.

The sad news that the Queen had been bitten by a snake spread all over the Kingdom.

Hakims and Doctors came from far and near, but their medicines had no effect. No one could revive the Queen. Finally, the King declared that anyone who could cure the Queen would be handsomely rewarded. Many people went to the palace to cure the Queen but all of them failed.

"I can cure the Queen," Gopi told the guards. At once they took him to the palace and the King took him to the Queen. The snake’s poison had turned her blue.Gopi sat beside the Queen and placed his hand on her forehead. Soon, she opened her eyes and sat up. The poison had left her. There was joy throughout the land. The King was overjoyed and shed tears of happiness. He embraced Gopi and thanked him.

Seeing this Gopi said to the king "Your Majesty,I was sent to prison for a crime I did not commit." "What do you mean?" asked the King.Gopi told him the whole story. The King was fuming with rage when he heard what the goldsmith had done. He at once had the goldsmith arrested. King rewarding the Brahmin

 

The King was sorry that Gopi was falsely accused of murder and robbery. He then presented him with a large house and a thousand pieces of gold.

Gopi sent for his family and they all lived happily ever after.

                          The End

The Lion,Jackal & The Cave

Morale of the Story: " To be forewarned is to be forearmed. "

 While sitting inside he started dreaming about his prey.In a jungle there lived an lion named Vritrasura. For a very long time he could not find anything to eat and was very hungry.

He roamed here and there in search of food and at sunset he reached a big cave.

Thinking that in this cave some animal would be living in, he decided to go inside and wait for that animal's return. While sitting inside he started dreaming about his prey.

Very soon a jackal arrived, as it was his cave. He saw the lion's footprints leading into his cave, but none coming out. Naturally, he found that very strange. Very soon a jackal arrived, as it was his cave. He saw the lion's footprints leading into his cave, but none coming out. Naturally, he found that very strange.

The jackal began to wonder, "How can I find out whether a lion is inside my cave or not?"

Then an idea struck him. "Hello cave," cried the jackal. After a moment of silence, the clever jackal said, "Why don't you answer? If you don't, I'll go elsewhere".

When the hungry lion heard this, he began to wonder why wasn't the cave replying. He thought perhaps it was afraid of him?,
When the Jackal heard the reply he was shocked as he knew that he has grown old in this cave but never before did the cave talked. Feeling some kind of danger the frightened jackal ran to safety. "I' should better answer for the cave or else the jackal may go away and I'll lose my dinner".

So the lion called out on behalf of the cave, "Hello jackal. It's all right for you to come in. Please do!"

When the Jackal heard the reply he was shocked as he knew that he has grown old in this cave but never before did the cave talked. Feeling some kind of danger the frightened jackal ran to safety.

The End

The Donkey in the tiger's skin

Morale of The Story is  "Silence is Gold"

Washerman KrishanOnce there was a poor washer man named Krishan who had an old donkey. He did not give it any food. The donkey became thin and weak. The washer man had a wife and seven children.He said, "I am working hard. But I am not earning a lot of money. I can't feed my wife and children well. How can I feed this donkey?"

One day while coming from work Krishan saw a tiger-skin in the way. He thought, " I shall cover the donkey with the skin and drive it into the field and won't go near it.

Krishan disguising the donkey in the lion skinMy donkey can eat a lot and grow fat too."The next day he dressed the donkey in the tiger-skin and drove it into the field of crops.

The villagers saw the donkey in the tiger-skin. They thought that the tiger will kill us all and so they ran away.Many days passed. The donkey ate a lot of crop everyday, and grew stout and strong. Donkey started braying

One day when the washerman's donkey in the tiger-skin was in the field. Suddenly another donkey brayed ("Ee-Aw, Ee-Aw" ) from some places near the field. The washerman's donkey lifted up his head and brayed too.Hearing this the villagers got angry and went to the field with big sticks.

The angry farmers beat the donkey to death.In the morning when krishan arrived, he was shocked to see his beloved donkey dead on the ground.

Overcome with grief, he could not figure out what had happened. After giving the situation much thought, the reason occurred to him. He sadly shook his head and said, "I wish he had kept quiet."

The End

The Jackal & The Drum

Morale of The Story is " Fear of the unknown brings no gain"

In a deep jungle there live a Jackal named Champu.He had not eaten for many days and was very hungry. In a deep jungle there live a Jackal named Champu.He had not eaten for many days and was very hungry.

His mind was restless. "If I don't find some food soon, I will die," he thought.As he, wandered through the forest in search of food he came upon an old battlefield.

On hearing the noise, he thought it would be best to flee before he was attacked.WHIR! WHOOSH! On hearing the noise, he thought it would be best to flee before he was attacked.But then, the braver side of him came to the surface. He decided that instead being a coward and running off, he would find out who was making the noise.

So he crept back, trying to be brave.To his astonishment Champu found that the noise came from a harmless old war drum.

He realised that he would have been a real fool if he'd have let a silly old war drum cheat him of all the delicious food!The low branches of a tree were swishing against it and making the noise.
WHIR! WHOOSH!Near the drum there was plenty of food.

Champu was glad. He realized that he would have been a real fool if he'd have let a silly old war drum cheat him of all the delicious food! Champu sat behind the drum and enjoyed his food.

The End

The foolish Turtle

Morale of the Story: " Silence is golden "

In a small jungle there was a small lake .wpe1B07.jpg (12331 bytes)There lived a turtle and two swans. They spent most of their time telling stories to each other.So like this many years passed.

Then suddenly one year there was a drought in that jungle. Everything went dry including their lake. Some of the animals left the jungle in search of water. The turtle & the swans were also worried.

One day one of the swans said," The lake is almost dry. How can we live without water?"  assured the turtle. Suddenly the turtle had an idea and he said, "Don't worry. We will find a way out,I have an excellent plan. First of all you two find a lake full of water. Then bring me a stick. I'll hold on to the middle of the stick and both of you hold the two ends - and carry me to the new lake". Hearing this the swans got very happy but after a while they said, " Your plan is too good but while we are flying, take care that you don't open your mouth, otherwise you will fall down." The turtle agreed to it.

wpe1B08.jpg (8113 bytes)The swans found the lake and came back to the turtle with a stick. They said ,"Now you catch hold of this stick so that we can go." Carrying the turtle the swans flew away to a new place.

While flying, one of the swans told the other swan that we are entering a town which is at a little distance from here and said that they would soon be flying over it.

As they flew over the town, people on the roads saw them and began to exclaim, "Look above at those clever birds. They're carrying something - It's a turtle!" Soon a crowd gathered below them and everybody was talking about the swan & the turtle.

wpe1B09.jpg (6134 bytes)The turtle when heard the noises coming from down below he was surprised.

Forgetting that he doesn't has to speak he said, "What is all that excitement about? Me?" Oh... the poor fellow forgot to keep shut and fell down on the ground and died.

One of the men among the crowd said to his friend, " What a luck! Let's cook this turtle for dinner tonight. Turtle meat tastes very delicious". The swans were very sorry for their friend but they couldn't help it out. So they flew away to their new location.

The End

The Blue Jackal

Morale of the Story: " A coat of paint cannot hide one's true colors. "

One day he left his home - the jungle - and ventured into a town in search of food. There was once a jackal named Fierce-Howl, who lived in a cave near the suburbs of a city.

One day he left his home - the jungle - and ventured into a town in search of food.
But soon he was being chased by the town dogs - ferocious town dogs! The city dogs snapped at his limbs with their sharp-pointed teeth, and terrified his heart with their dreadful barking.

To save himself from the dogs he ran into a dyer's yard and fell into a vat of indigo dye. His entire color turned to BLUE!To save himself from the dogs he ran into a dyer's yard and fell into a vat of indigo dye. His entire color turned to BLUE! When he came out the dogs could not recognize him. They ran away in panic. The jackal was sad at his misfortunes and thought he would go back to the jungle.

But back in the jungle all the thronging animals caught a glimpse of his body dyed with the juice of indigo, they got frightened, and cried out in fear: "What is this creature enriched with that unprecedented color?" they fled, their eyes dancing with terror, and spread the report: "Oh, oh! Here is an exotic creature that has dropped from somewhere. all the thronging animals caught a glimpse of his body dyed with the juice of indigo, they got frightened, and cried out in fear: "What is this creature enriched with that unprecedented color?" they fled, their eyes dancing with terror, and spread the report: "Oh, oh! Here is an exotic creature that has dropped from somewhere.

Nobody knows what his conduct might be, or his energy. But jackal with his fast thinking told all the other animals, "Don't run away. Lord Brahma has crowned me your new king. Come back. I will protect all of you".

On hearing this, the lions, tigers, leopards, monkeys, rabbits, jackals, and other species of wild life bowed humbly, saying: "Master, prescribe to us our duties."

Thereupon he appointed the lion prime minister and the tiger, lord of the bedchamber, while the leopard was made custodian of the king's betel, the elephant doorkeeper, and the monkey, the bearer of the royal parasol. But to all the jackals, his own kindred, he administered a cuffing, and drove them away. Thus he enjoyed the kingly glory, while lions and others killed food-animals and laid them before him. These he divided and distributed to all after the manner of kings.

While time passed in this fashion, one night, when the jungle was absolutely still, the jackals who had been chased away, began howling. At this his body thrilled, his eyes filled with tears of joy, he leaped to his feet, and true to his nature the blue jackal king began howling along with his brothers.

So they pounced on the blue jackal and that was the end of him. When the lions and other animals heard this, they perceived that he was a jackal, and stood for a moment shamefaced and down-cast, then they said: "Hey! Our king is only a jackal. We have been fooled. He shall die for this," they cried in unison.

And when he heard this, he endeavored to flee, but was torn to bits by a tiger and died.

The End

The Cobra & The Crow

Morale of the Story: " Mighty Brawn is no match for Nimble Brain. "

Mrs. Crow was very worried beacuse every time she used to lay eggs, and the wicked cobra used to eat them up. Once, in a jungle named Sundervan there lived a pair of crows on an old tree. In the hollow of the same tree, there lived a wicked cobra.

Mrs. Crow was very worried because every time she used to lay eggs, and the wicked cobra used to eat them up.

She told her husband and they both thought of an idea. Mrs. and Mr. Crow flew to their friend, the Jackal as they confided in him and he was very clever. Mrs. and Mr. Crow flew to their friend, the Jackal as they confided in him and he was very clever.

They told him all about the wicked old cobra who lived in their tree and how he ate their children. "How can we get rid of him and protect our home?" asked Mr.Crow.

The Jackal thought for a while and then he whispered a solution in Mr. Crow's ear.
According to plan, the crows flew over a lake where the Queen and her maids were bathing. They had left their clothes and jewelry on the bank of the lake.

Mrs. Crow swooped down, picked up a Gold necklace and flew off. But one of the maids saw this and started shouting.Mrs. Crow swooped down, picked up a Gold necklace and flew off. But one of the maids saw this and started shouting.

Some of the king's servants, who were working nearby heard the women shouting. They began chasing the crow but she escaped.

She flew over the home of the bad cobra and dropped the necklace in front of his home. Cobra was sleeping inside and was not aware of this.

Soon the King's servant came searching for the crow and saw the necklace lying in front of the cobra's house.
The Cobra had no way to escape and that was the end of the wicked old cobra.

Hearing some noises outside Cobra came out......And the angry servants saw him. "Kill him! Kill him!" shouted the servants. The Cobra had no way to escape and that was the end of the wicked old cobra.

                 The men got back the gold chain and the crows lived happily even after.

The End

The Greedy Merchant

Morale of the Story: " Tit For Tat "

Long ago there lived an honest merchant named Gopikishan. He was very rich and he used to donate generously to the poor and the needy out of his wealth.
At one time his business fell on bad days and he suffered a heavy loss. Now he had to borrow money but these borrowings made him bankrupt. As it was of no use crying over misfortunes he resolved to shift to some foreign land for earning. He sold off all that he had except his weighing machine.

Gopikishan explaining Veluram about his conditionThere was another merchant named Veluram in the town. Because of good business-relations Gopikishan went to him and narrated the story of his downfall.

Veluram expressed his deep sorrow and said, "How can I help you?" Gopikishan replied, "I've a heavy weighing machine which is difficult to carry. I'll be happy if you keep it with you until I return."

After that Gopikishan went for business and returned as successful business man. He now thought of getting his weighing machine back from Veluram.

But Veluram gave excuses that the machine was damaged by rats and he can only give it back, if he can buy an old one from the market. Gopikishan was socked but said, "If it's damaged by rats than don't worry. Let's forget about it." Gopikishan thought of an idea and asked Veluram if he would send his son Mawana to the river so that he can take care of the things. While Gopikishan was taking a bath.
Gopikishan taking Mawana to the river.
Veluram was greedy and tried to explain his son, Mawana, to grab to precious things, but he fail to understand it.Near the river at the foot of the hill, there was a cave.

 

Gopikishan asked Mawana to go inside the cave, while he was taking a bath. Gopikishan sealed the cave with a big stone. He returned to Veluram and said, "May heavens save me. While both of us were returning a big eagle lifted your son and flew away.  Hearing this Veluram cried. "It's a white lie."

While they were both quarreling a wise man took them to the judge. When both of them told their own stories about the rats eating the weighing scale and the eagle taking away the boy,
Both of them returning their belongings.

The judge thought there was some mystery. He told Veluram , "Return the weighing scale and Gopikishan will return you your son."

Both had abide by the judgement and got their belongings back.

The End

Fun Facts
My Birthstone is Aquamarine (Courage)
My
Flower is Daffodil or Jonquil (White or Light Blue)
My Astrological Sign is
Aries
I was born in the Chinese Year of
The Monkey
I will start kindergarten in 2009,
be old enough to drive a car in 2020,
and will graduate High School with the Class of 2022
The meaning of the name Keaton
 
Keaton Male English Place of the hawks.