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Once upon a time there lived a cloth merchant in a village with his wife and two
children. They were indeed quite well-off. They had a beautiful hen which laid an
egg everyday. It was not an ordinary egg, rather, a golden egg. But the man was not
satisfied with what he used to get daily. He was a get rich-trice ind of a person.
The man wanted to get all the golden eggs from his hen at one single go. !o, one
day he thought hard and at last cliced upon a plan. He decided to ill the hen and
get all the eggs together.
!o, the ne"t day when the hen laid a golden egg, the man caught hold of it, too a
sharp nife, chopped off its nec and cut its body open.
There was nothing but blood all around # no trace of any egg at all. He was highly
grieved because now he would not get even one single egg.
His life was going on smoothly with one egg a day but now, he himself made his life
miserable. The outcome of his greed was that he started becoming poorer # poorer
day by day and ultimately became a pauper. How $in"ed and how much foolish he
!o, the moral of the story is- one who desires more, looses all. One should remain
satisfied with what one gets.
Once upon a time three sons were engaged in merchantile business under the
supervision of their father. They were very rich. %ach son was proficient in his own
If one was good in sales, the other one was competent in purchases and similarly
the third one in finance.
&nlucily, one day the father got bed ridden and the sons decided to divide the
business under the fallacy that each of them were e"perts in their own way and can
handle their individual business solely.
The father was glum and grumpy with their decision but was helpless and
unfortunately the separation too place.
's a result three of them became each others competitors. (ith the passage of time,
they started having huge losses in their respective businesses. They tried all
possible ways to succeed but the situation became worse.
Then they came to their father for a piece of advice. The father said when you all
were doing the business $ointly, the business ran successfully. But it was not any
one of you responsible for the success of the business rather traits of all three of
you put together made the business successful.
The sons reali)ed their mistae # got reunited.
*oral+ disunity always ruins.
Once a fo" was roaming around in the dar. &nfortunately, he fell into a well. He
tried his level best to come out but all in vain. !o, he had no other alternative but to
remain there till the ne"t morning.
The ne"t day, a goat came that way. !he peeped into the well and saw the fo" there.
The goat ased what are you doing there, *r. ,o"-
The sly fo" replied, I came here to drin water. It is the best I have ever tasted.
.ome and see for yourself.
(ithout thining even for a while, the goat $umped into the well, quenched her
thirst and looed for a way to get out. But $ust lie the fo", she also found herself
helpless to come out.
Then the fo" said, I have an idea. /ou stand on your hind legs. I0ll climb on your
head and get out. Then I shall help you come out too.
The goat was innocent enough to understand the shrewdness of the fo" and did as
the fo" said and help him get out of the well.
(hile waling away, the fo" said, 1Had you been intelligent enough, you would
never have got in without seeing how to get out.2
Once a farmer procured honey from a honey-comb after smoing away all the bees
of the comb. He put the honey in a pot and left for his house. &nlucily, he stumbled
against a stone on the way. 's a result, the pot of honey fell down and broe. 'll the
honey spilt on the ground.
Being a sticy fluid, honey doesn0t leave the spot where it spills. !o, finding it
difficult to recover the honey, the farmer went away cursing himself.
3ust then a swarm of flies came there. 4etting the flavour of honey, they descended
upon it. They never thought that the honey would catch them fatally. Having had
their fill, they tried to fly away but their feet and wings got stuc into honey.
The flies cried, 1How foolish we are5 ,or a little pleasure we have to die an untimely
death.2 It was too late now.
Once there was a trader who was often out on business trips. (hen he grew old, his
son started handling the business but he was very boastful by nature.
(hen he went on his first business tour, he was thrilled to see many new things.
6eturning home he felt impatient to tell about his e"periences to his mates. (hen
they all gathered around him, he told them many surprising things among which, he
boasted of an e"ploit of his own.
He said, 1,riends5 (hen I was in .anada, I participated in bo"ing competition and
none could beat me. I was praised by all and became the tal of the town. If you
don0t believe me, better go to .anada and enquire.2
!uddenly, one of his friends said, 1(hy go to .anada, you show your feat here
itself.2 The trader had no words to reply and got trapped in his own words.
Once, a boy was playing near some hedges laden with berries that appeared ripe
and $uicy. His mouth watered and he liced his chops.
Immediately, he started gathering the berries. 3ust then he got stung sharply by a
nettle. He started feeling pain and soon, a rash appeared on his hand.
7eaving the collection of berries, he ran home and with tears in his eyes, told
everything to his mother !obbing hard, he said, 1*om5 I touched them lightly but
they stung me hard.2
The mother smiled and caressing her son, replied, 1They stung you because you
touched them lightly. Had you held them firmly, they won0t have hurt you. /ou can0t
get anything without facing dangers. %very rose has some thorns to protect it. !o, if
you want berries, learn to grasp the nettles
Once there was a crow that lived near a farm-house. The owner of the farm had ept
some pigeons and he fed them with grains regularly. The crow looed at the pigeons
and envied them everyday.
8eciding to share the feed, the crow painted his body lie that of pigeons and $oined
the pigeons as one of them. Thus, he was able to en$oy the feed daily. The pigeons
never suspected anything foul.
But one day, after the feed, the crow couldn0t control himself and started crying. The
pigeons came to now that he was not one of them. They peced at his body so
mercilessly that he started bleeding.
The crow flew away to save his life and went straight to his own brethren- the
crows. But because of his painted body, they refused to accept him. !o, he was
forced to flee in order to save himself and became a homeless wanderer.
!o, don0t pose what you are not because affectation seldom wors.
Once upon a time there was a pasture near the edge of a forest. !hepherds of the
nearby villages came there with their flocs. (hile the flocs gra)ed, the shepherds
spent their time playing various games.
't the end of the pasture, there was a big tree having a big hollow but with a narrow
opening to get in. the shepherds used to put their lunch pacets in that hollow. In
the afternoon, they too them out and en$oyed their mid-day meals together.
One day a hungry fo" happened to come that way. He got the flavor of lunch pacets
and followed it to reach the hollow. His belly was sun inside due to hunger. !o, he
was able to get inside the hollow without much difficulty.
He ate up the contents of all the lunch pacets. His belly puffed up on both sides and
he was not able to come out of the hollow. !oon the shepherds came there for their
lunch pacets. They found the fo" there and gave him a sound beating.
Once a ship got caught in a violent storm. It wreced and the waves cast it0s wrecs
on the sands of the shore. 'mong them was a sailor who lay senseless on the beach.
(hen he came to his senses, he cursed the sea saying, 1The sea is a cheat indeed. It
attracts people with it0s cool and calm waters and once they are in it0s grip, it turns
furious and destroys them.2
Hearing his reproach, the sea felt pinched. But it didn0t want to trouble the sailor
anymore. !o, it came to the sailor in form of a damsel.
1(ho are you, O lovely lady-2 ased the sailor.
1I am the sea and am as lovely as you see me now. /ou are blaming me for the
wrec but it isn0t $ust.2
!urprised, the sailor ased, 1(ho is $ust then-2
The sea urged, 1The wrec was caused by the cruel winds that blew into gusts and
gales over me and created stormy waves in my calm waters.2
The sailor had nothing to say e"cept feeling sorry.
Once upon a time, *ercury, the god of sill, was ticled by a strange idea. He
became an"ious to now how human beings estimated his worth in comparison to
other gods.
!o, he disguised himself as a man and came to the earth. 6oaming about, he came to
the house of a sculptor where he saw idols of various gods, including his own.
Then he approached the sculptor and ased, 1(hat price would you charge for the
idol of 3uno, the goddess of marriage-2
The sculptor replied, 1two dollar2.
'gain, *ercury ased, 1(hat for the idol of 3upiter, the chief of gods-2
1,ive dollars2, replied the sculptor.
1'nd how much for *ercury-2 ased the god.
1Oh that. I shall give that free if you buy the other two2, pat came the reply.
*ercury was cut to the quic and disappeared.
Once, in a village, there lived a farmer who was very ind hearted by nature He
could not see anybody in trouble and was always ready to help others.
It was a high winter morning and it was so cold that everything looed fro)en. (hile
returning home from his farm, the farmer saw a snae lying by the foot-path. It was
almost fro)en and looed half-dead due to severe cold.
The farmer could not see it in such a condition and decided to help it. He lifted the
snae and too it to his home. There, he placed it near the fire. In a short time, the
warmth of the fire revived it and it started moving, turned upon the farmer and bit
him. The farmer died repenting, 1Had I not shown mercy to this wiced creature, I
would have been alive today.2
Once upon a time a flea saw an o" gra)ing in a pasture. He new that o"en wor for
men in their farms. But he didn0t lie it. He was proud that he fed on men0s blood
and yet didn0t do anything for them.
'pproaching the o", the flea ased, 1How is it so that you wor for men though you
are quite big and strong- 7oo at me, I never do anything for them and yet feed on
their blood though I am so small.2
The o" was surprised to hear what the flea had said and replied, 1If I wor for men,
they are very ind to me. They tae care of mine in every way, feed me, shelter me
and moreover, pat me on my bac, head and nec out of love and affectiom.
On the other hand, you feed on their blood and they are always up to destroy you.2
Behavior always counts.
Once upon a time there was a middle-aged man who was very romantic by nature.
He loved being in the company of beautiful women. But his hairs were turning gray.
He had two beloveds- one of his own age while the other quite young. He tried to
loo as attractive as he could but his beloveds were sies apart in their behavior.
The older beloved didn0t lie the man to loo younger to her. !o, whenever he used
to go to her, she pulled out some of his dar hairs out of his head to mae him loo
On the other hand, whenever he went to meet the young beloved, she didn0t lie him
loo old. !o, she used to pull out some of his gray hairs to mae him loo young.
'll this went for quite some time and a day came when the man became totally bald.
's a result both the ladies re$ected him.
Once upon a time, a deer fell ill. !o, he came to a grassy patch of land and lay down
there. In a day or two, he became so wea that he couldn0t even move his body.
(ithin no time, the news of his illness spread all over and many of his friends came
to inquire after his health. %vidently, they were all grass eating animals. They stayed
with the deer to nurse him. In a few days, they gra)ed all the grass of the patch and
not even a blade of grass was left there.
In a few days, the deer started getting well. !eeing this, his friends started leaving
him one by one and the deer was left all alone. But still he was too wea to get up
and move about.
's his friends had gra)ed all the grass of the patch and he was wea to go gra)ing,
he starved to death. Had his friends not gra)ed the grass in the patch, he would
have fed on it and lived.

Once upon a time a man was going with his doney down a hill-road. He was
following the doney with a stic in his hand. The doney $ogged down carefully
over some distance. But then suddenly it left the trac and strayed aside. Its owner
tried his best to drive it bac to the trac but the willful beast didn0t obey. 's a
result, it reached the edge of a cliff that overlooed a deep gorge.
The owner felt worried to see the doney in danger. He couldn0t understand what to
do. !o, he caught hold of it0s tail when it was about to leap over the edge of the cliff.
The man tried hard to chec the doney from moving ahead but all went in vain. It
didn0t move even an inch bacwards. !o the man let it go saying, 1'll right, go your
way to meet your death. (hat else can I do-2
Once upon a time, some dogs were guarding a floc of sheep when a wolf came
there. The dogs became alert and started baring at him. The wolf could not dare to
move ahead. But he was very shrewd. He went to the dogs and said, 1(e belong to
the same family. !o, we are very much alie. (e only differ on one ground, that we
wolves are free while you are slaves to your master. 7et0s forget our enmity and
become friends.2
The dogs looed at each other and nodded. !eeing his clever idea wor well, the
wolf further said, 1'ccompany me to the forest, all the wolves will give you a warm
7eaving the floc unguarded, the dogs went along with the wolf who too them to a
den of wolves. The dogs entered the 8en and in no time the wolves fell upon them
and tore them to pieces. Then the wolves went to the place where the floc was
gra)ing. They illed all the sheep and ate them up.
One winter day, a wild ass was wandering about aimlessly. !uddenly he came to the
edge of the forest where he saw a doney lying in the warm sun at full length. 9uite
care-free as the doney looed, the ass envied him a lot.
The wild ass went to the doney and said, 1How lucy you are5 /our slee sin
shows how well you live.2 !aying this, the ass left the place but still ept thining
about the doney.
'fter few days, he came again to see the doney. But this time the doney had a
heavy load on his bac. His master was following him with a stic in his hand and
was hitting the doney off and on to mae him move at a steady pace.
!eeing this the ass said to himself, 1(hat a pity. I no longer envy him. I didn0t now
that he has to live such a miserable life and has to buy his comfort at this price.2
Once upon a time there lived two frogs in a marsh. They were very happy with their
lot there.
But as the hot summer approached the marsh began to dry up. In a few days, the
marsh got totally dry. !o, the frogs decided to leave that place and loo out for some
other shelter for themselves and reached a deep well. They sat on the edge of the
well and peeped inside it. It had a lot of water in it.
One of the frogs got so over$oyed to see the water that it at once said, :This well
loos quite a fit place for us to live. It will be cool and safe inside. 7et0s $ump in.
: The other frog was wise enough and replied, :;ot so soon,my friend (e left the
marsh when it had dried up. !o, first thin how we shall come out of this well if it
gets dry.
The first frog was speechless, as he had reali)ed that one must thin before taing
any step.
Once a doney and a dog met on a road. They both had to go in the same direction,
so they became friends and traveled together. They had taen $ust a few steps when
they saw a pacet lying by the road-side. The dog piced up the pacet and giving it
to the doney said, :Open it and read it out for me.2
The doney did e"actly what the dog had ased him to do. The pacet turned out to
be all about the things that doney eat lie grass, barley etc. the dog felt bored
hearing what the doney was reading out and said, :Turn over the pages and see if
there is something about the things I am fond of such as meat, bones etc.
The doney glanced through the entire pacet but couldn0t find anything of the dog0s
sort. The dog became sadder and ased the doney to throw it away because he
found the pacet useless for him.
Once a shepherd had a large floc of sheep and a strong watch - dog to guard them.
(hen the floc used to gra)e in the pasture, the dog guarded it with care.
In the noon, the shepherd, while having his lunch used to feed the dog too. The
sheep watched this daily and whispered about this special treatment.
One day, when the shepherd was sharing his lunch with the dog, the sheep said,
:*aster5 /ou are being unfair to we sheep. /ou don0t0 treat us all equally.:
:I didn0t get you. .ome up clearly,: said the shepherd.
The sheep said, :(e give you mil, wool and lamb but get nothing in return. (e feed
on grass that we have to find ourselves. This dog gives you nothing, still you feed
him so affectionately.
: 't once the dog said, :If I won0t be there to guard you, you won0t be able to come
gra)ing. %ither some wolf will mae you your meal or some thief will steal you.2
The sheep had no words to say.
Once upon a time a man used to live in a cottage at the edge of a forest. He had a
daughter who was very beautiful.
' lion often used to see the pretty girl during his usual prowl and fell in love with
her. !o, one day, he went to the girl0s father and ased for her hand.
The man was unwilling to give his daughter to a fierce husband. But he didn0t have
the courage to refuse and offend the lion. !o, he thought hard and hit upon a plan.
He said to the lion, :*y daughter is afraid of your teeth and sharp nails. !he will
marry you only if you let me have your teeth pulled out and your nails clipped.2
's the lion was blindly in love with the girl, he at once agreed to the demand
without thining of the outcome. 's a result, the lion was totally disarmed. The girl0s
father beat him with a heavy stic and drove him away.
Once upon a time there was a fisherman who was a very good flutist as well. (hen
he played on his flute, animals gathered round him to hear the sweet notes of his
One day the fisherman thought to try his flute on the fish too. He was sure that the
notes of his flute will attract the fish and they will come to him $umping out of the
eater. !o, he went fishing taing his flute with him. He sat on a roc lying on the
ban and began to play sweet tunes. He ept playing the flute for a long time but
not even a single fish came out.
The fisherman felt highly disappointed. He threw his flute on one side and cast his
net into the water. !oon he was able to catch a great number of fish. He put them on
the shore and they began to leap about for want of water.
The angered fisherman said, :/ou rascals5 /ou didn0t come out when I fluted so
sweetly. ;ow you will dance when I shall play on my pipe. 'fter all, you have no
other choice.:
Once there was a big pool near a village. The villagers used the water of the pool for
drining and for other purposes also. The pool was abounded with fish.
Once a fisherman went fishing to the pool. He cast his net into the pool and sat
down. But he was very impatient. !o, he tied a long string to a small stone. Then
putting it into the pool, he began to stir the water to drive more fish into his net.
' villager saw him do so and ased him not to mae the water muddy. But the
fisherman didn0t listen to him and went on beating the water and maing it dirty. !o,
the villagers brought some companions armed with weapons. !eeing them, the
fisherman got scared. He drew out his stone and apologi)ed.
Once upon a time a doney was gra)ing in a pasture $ust near the edge of a forest.
'fter satisfying his appetite, he strayed into the forest. 'll of a sudden, he saw a
lion-sin lying near a bush.
How happy the doney was5 He dreamt of passing himself as ing of the forest after
putting on the lion sin. !o, he too it up and wore it. Then he went near a pool and
saw his image in the clear still water of the pool. He was delighted to see that he
really looed lie a lion now.
!o, the foolish doney pushed into the forest and waled in the style of a lion. !mall
animals lie cat, mouse etc. thining him to be lion, ran for their lives. This added to
his self-confidence and he started waling more proudly.
!uddenly, the doney saw a fo" coming towards him. He tried his best to frighten
the fo" but the fo" was clever enough and said, :I0ll be scared at the roar of a lion
and not when a doney brayed whatever he may wear.2
The doney threw away the lion-sin and ran to safety.
Once there was a bee-eeper who had developed a good apiary. He used to tae
good care of the bees and they gathered a lot of honey in the hives.
Once the bee-eeper went to the maret for some urgent wor. The bees had also
gone to collect honey and the apiary was left unguarded.
&nfortunately, a thief came there and broe into the apiary. !eeing no one over
there, he stole all the honey and made for his house.
(hen the bee-eeper returned, he was upset to see all the bee-hives empty. 3ust
then the bees returned with more honey in their mouth. !eeing their hives
overturned, they assumed the bee-eeper as the robber as he was standing very
much there. !o, they attaced him and stung him hard.
The bee-eeper cried, :/ou should have spotted the thief before punishing me.:
Once there was a miser having a lot of gold. He melted it down in a lump and buried
it in a pit. He was very happy that he had hidden his gold safely. !o, he ept gloating
over his treasure almost all the time. He used to visit the spot regularly where he
had hidden the gold.
One of his friend0s was eeping an eye on him and one day he discovered the secret.
'nd one night he went to the pit and dug the gold lump for himself.
On his ne"t visit to the spot, the miser lamented on finding no gold over there.
Hearing his cries, one of his neighbours came to him and ased what the matter
The miser replied, :I am ruined. !omeone has stolen my treasure.:
The neighbour consoled him and said, :/our money was lying useless. ;ow, at least
it will be of use to someone.:
Once a huge oa tree stood on the ban of a river. It was well nourished by the
water of the river. ;aturally, it was very strong and had a thic stem. 3ust nearby,
grew some reeds with thin but fle"ible stems. They stood almost half in water and
had flourished well too.
One day, strong winds blew. The tree, though huge and strong, broe from the
middle and was thrown across the stream $ust among the reeds. On the other hand,
the tree was very surprised to see that the reeds suffered no harm at all.
The oa could not mae out the reason of the safety of the reeds and ased them,
:How is it that, you being frail and slender, managed to face the gale without any
harm. But I, strong enough, have been broen.:
The reeds replied, :/ou were proud of your strength and refused to bend. !o, you
broe while we bowed and yielded to the gale and were spared.:
It was summer time and sun was very hot. ' bull was sitting in the cool shade of a
tree and chewing cud with his eyes half-shut.
'll of a sudden a goat came there and looed out for a place to sit under the shade.
!ilently, it sat on one of the horns of the bull and ept sitting there till it had taen
full rest.
;ow, before leaving the goat wanted to show it0s shrewdness. It wanted to show
the bull that it has used it0s horn as a seat without letting him now about it.
!o, the goat ased the bull, :(ould you mind, if I go now-:
The bull replied, :I hardly care when a tiny creature lie you comes and goes away
after resting on my body. If you would have thaned me for using my horn, it must
have raised your importance in my eyes.:
The goat felt very small and went away.
' fir-tree stood on a hill-side. !everal shrubs had grown around it. It always looed
down upon these plants saying that they were of no use to anyone. He was very
proud of his tall and impressive personality as compared to their stunted growth and
pricly structure.
One day, the tree filled with pride said to a bramble, :/ou poor fellows5 'll of you
are worthless and moreover you pric those who pass by you.:
The bramble had no words to reply. !eeing this the tree put on an air of victory on
it0s face.
The bramble thought for a while and retorted, :/ou are absolutely right. But you live
in an ever-present danger of the a"e and the saw while we have no such fear at all.
%ven men pass by with caution lest they should be pricled.:
*oral+ better be poor but care-free.
One day, a crab came out of water and strayed in a field of grass. It looed out for a
good place to live in unaware of the fact that it could be dangerous for it to stay in
the meadow for land.
3ust then, there arrived a hungry fo" and seeing the crab, it moved up to it and
caught it in its mouth.
The crab reali)ed his folly and said to himself, :I deserve it< I left my natural home
and got attracted to a place to which I don0t belong.:

TH% THI6!T/ .6O(
It was a dry summer0s day. ' crow was very thirsty. He flew here and there in
search of water but couldn0t find it anywhere.
't last, he reached a garden and spotted a pitcher lying there. It perched on it and
saw that it had a little water in it. ,eeling gay, he tried to drin water but his bea
didn0t reach it.
But the crow didn0t lose heart. He thought over the matter coolly and an idea cliced
him. He decided to put pebbles lying nearby, in the pitcher in order to raise the level
of water.
The plan wored. (ith each drop of pebble into the pitcher, the water level started
rising. 't last, it came up to the nec of the pitcher. The crow quenched his thirst
and flew away.
Once a wolf was roaming about in a field of grass where a floc of sheep came
gra)ing everyday. He was hiding behind a bush. 4etting a chance, he carried away a
lamb to eat it at a safe place. &nfortunately, a lion came there, snatched the lamb
and went to his den to eat it at leisure.
(hen the lion had waled $ust a few steps away, the wolf said, :It is down daylight
robbery- so un$ust for a lion to snatch my morsel from me. It is below his dignity.:
Hearing the wolf0s grumble, the lion laughed and replied, :' thief is questioning a
robber- how strange5 8id you get this lamb as a gift from a friend- /ou stole it out of
a floc. (as that fair-:
' sin is a sin- whether big or small.
Once upon a time a goat was gra)ing near her master0s cottage. 'll of a sudden, she
saw green grass growing on the roof of the cottage. 8eciding to en$oy it, she leaped
onto the roof and started browsing the green shoots of the grass.
3ust then a wolf came there and seeing the goat his mouth started watering. But he
was unable to get to the roof of the cottage. !o, he turned to go away to loo for
some other prey.
The goat saw the wolf licing his chops. !o, she laughed in her sleeves and looed at
him with $eering eyes. The wolf being helpless had to tolerate this mocery.
(hile waling away, the wolf looed up and said, :/oung lady5 Its not you who is
mocing at me but it is the height at which you are standing. /our high position has
given you your value.:
It was high autumn. 'n olive tree and a fig tree stood near each other. The fig tree
had lost all his leaves and became quite bare. !eeing his neighbor, the olive tree
puffed up with pride.
The olive tree taunted the fig tree, 1How unlucy you are5 /ou lose your leaves every
autumn to be bare. But I flourish all the year round.2
The fig tree argued, 1,riend5 It0s my destiny to be bare and yours to be evergreen.
But there is nothing to feel small or proud about it. It is out of control of both of us.2
,ew days later, there occurred a snow-fall. The snow settled on the leaves of the
olive tree and gave way under its heavy weight. But as for the fig tree, the snow fell
to the ground through its bare branches and it survived the snow-storm.
' pool was abounded with frogs. They always desired to have a ing, as they felt
unguarded without him. !o, they held a meeting and decided to see 3upiter, the
chief of gods, and as him for a ing. !o, they went to him and placed their request
before him.
3upiter was surprised at the foolish request and tried to advise the frogs but all in
vain. !o, he cast a big log into the pool and said that it was their ing. The splash of
the falling log terrified the frogs and they ran hurriedly to save themselves. But after
some time, they came bac and sat on the log. !eeing it quite motionless, they
began to hate it.
!o, the frogs again came to 3upiter and requested him to replace their ing with
some active ing. 3upiter sent a crane as their ing who began to catch and eat them
up daily.
Thus, they were taught a right lesson for their folly.
Once a lady bought a new lamp from the maret. (hen she reached home, it was
dar. !o, she filled the lamp with oil and putting a wic into it lighted it. It began to
shine with a clear steady light.
The lamp felt proud of itself and its clear light. It started boasting that its light was
brighter than that of the sun even.
!uddenly a strong puff of wind came and blew it out. The lamp felt very small and
reali)ed its folly. It never new that it could not face the wind at all.
The lady lighted the lamp once again. ;ow the lamp ept shining calmly showing no
pride and maing no boasts.
The lady said to the lamp, 1=eep shining gently. 8on0t compare yourself to the sun.
He never goes out, nor he needs to be re-lighted lie you.2
Once a bat fell down on the ground and was caught by a weasel. The weasel was
about to ill it when it begged, 1!pare me, please.2
The weasel said, 1I can0t leave you because weasel and birds are enemies.2
The bat argued, 1I am not a bird. 8on0t I loo lie a mouse-2
The weasel agreed and let it go.
'fter few days, another weasel caught the bat. 'gain it prayed for mercy.
The weasel said, 1I can0t leave you. (e never spare even a mouse.2
1But I am not a mouse, I am a bird2, argued the bat.
The weasel agreed and set it free.
Once a watch-dog was sleeping in a farm-yard in the sun. !omehow a wolf got into
the farm and attaced the sleeping dog. Taen abac, the dog begged for mercy.
He said, 1!ir5 I am very thin and wea as I am new here. 7et me get fat after feeding
on rich food that I get here. Then you can come and eat me up.2
The wolf was taen by the dog0s words and went away leaving it free. The dog
thaned his stars and decided not to sleep in an unsafe place.
'fter few days, the wolf re-visited the farm and looed for the dog. This time the
dog was lying very safely on the roof of the stable. !eeing the dog, the wolf said,
1Hope you remember your commitment. !o, come down and be my meat.2
The dog said, 1(ho maes agreements for death- 4et lost *r., wolf.2
The wolf went away repenting over his folly.
Once a fo" and a crane became friends. !o, the fo" invited the crane to dinner. The
crane accepted the invitation and reached the fo"0s place at sunset.
The fo" had prepared soup for his mate. But as we all now that fo"es are cunning
by nature, he served the soup in flat dishes. !o, he himself lapped the crane0s share
with his tongue en$oying its relish a lot. But the crane could not en$oy it at all with
his long bea and had to get bac home hungry. The shrewd fo" felt e"tremely
'fter few days, the crane invited the fo" to dine in with him. The fo" reached his
place well in time. The crane gave him a warm welcome and served the soup in a $ug
with a long and narrow nec.
!o, the crane en$oyed the soup with great relish using his long bea. The fo"0s
mouth couldn0t reach the soup through the narrow nec of the $ug. He had to return
home hungry. ;ow he reali)ed that he had been repaid for his behavior with the
It was high summer. ' traveler hired a doney and set out on a $ourney. The owner
of the doney was following behind to drive the beast. 't mid-day, they decided to
tae rest for some time but couldn0t find any shady place around. !o, the traveler
decided to rest in the shade of the doney. But the owner didn0t let him do so as he
himself wanted to sit in its shadow.
The traveler said, 1How can you refuse me the shadow- I have paid you money after
1But you have paid for the ride, not for resting in his shadow2, retorted the owner.
!o, an argument followed between the two. (hen the doney saw that the owner
and the hirer were busy fighting, he too to his heels and was soon out of sight.
Once a pair of o"en was yoed to a cart that was heavily loaded. They were e"erting
hard to draw it without complaining against the heavy load.
But as they heaved at the card, its a"le began to crea aloud. It went on groaning
terribly at a stretch. The o"en couldn0t mae out why the a"le was doing so.
The o"en tried to divert their attention from the a"le0s crea, but its bitter groan
didn0t cut down at all. !o, they were feeling highly irritated.
't last the o"en stopped, turned their necs and said to the a"le angrily, 1(hy are
you crying lie that when you are doing no wor at all. It0s we who are drawing the
heavy cart and still not complaining. !o, you better shut up and follow us silently.2
Once there lived a hind in a forest. !he had a son who had grown very young and
strong. !he was very happy to see his stout body and branched strong horns and
thought, 1stags have powerful horns, why should they be afraid of hounds, wolves
then- It0s sheer cowardice. I would never lie my son to do it at all.2
'fter some time, the hind0s son came there. The hind wanted to teach him to be
courageous. !he said, 1!on5 /ou have a stout body and strong horns. !o, you must
not run away from hounds and wolves. 8on0t be a coward.2
1O, mom< I won0t2, said the stag.
3ust then the mother and the son heard the bar of the hounds. The hind got ready
to run away when her son ased her to stay on. !he said, 1/ou may, but I have no
!aying so, she ran as fast as she could.
The mother herself was a coward and was teaching courage to her son. (hat a
Once upon a time there was an archer. He was a dead shot and could shoot targets
at a distance too. One day he went to a forest to sport with his bow and arrow.
!eeing him, all the animals fled away to save their lives. He felt very happy to see
But lion didn0t run away and challenged him with a loud roar. !o, the archer decided
to punish him. He shot an arrow at the lion that hit him.
The lion reali)ed the truth and ran away. But a fo" who had seen all what had
happened said to him, 1 8on0t be a coward. >ut up a brave fight.2
But the lion said, 1(hat for- If his arrow can do that, he himself will be more
terrible than death even.2
One day, all the animals of a forest gathered to choose their ing. The money
danced such gay abandon there that everyone felt delighted. !o, his name was
proposed for ingship. %veryone voted in his favor and he became the ing.
But the fo" couldn0t tolerate the money rising to a high position. He felt envy of him
and decided to humiliate him. One day, the fo" was roaming around searching for
food and saw a trap laid by some hunter. It had a piece of meat in it as bait.
The fo" was intelligent enough to stay away from the trap. But he was sure that
money wouldn0t. !o, he approached the ing and brought him to the trap. The fo"
then said, 1Here is a dainty piece of meat, sir5 's a true sub$ect of yours, I didn0t
touch it. !o, en$oy it /our Honour52
The money e"tended his hand for the meat and got trapped. The fo" then laughed
and said, 1=ingship needs a lot of wisdom, sir52
Once, there was a mouse that had his hole near a pool in a thic forest. ' frog often
came out for basing in the sun. (ithin no time, they became buddies.
But the friendship of a frog and mouse is highly undesirable because the frog0s home
is in water and the mouse on land.
One day the frog said to the mouse, 1let0s bind ourselves together with a string so
that we may never get separated.2
The mouse agreed. !o, both tied themselves together leg-to-leg. Though on land, it
went quite well, but in the pool, it was tragic for the mouse. The frog swam about
delightfully in the pool dragging the mouse with him. !oon, the mouse drowned and
his body floated on the surface of the pool.
' ite hovering in the sy saw the dead mouse it swooped down to carry it off. &p
went the frog as well and became the ite0s meal.
3upiter, the chief of gods, was getting married. He decided to celebrate the event by
hosting a reception. He invited all the animals living on land and in water to attend
the banquet.
'll the animals came to attend the feast but the tortoise didn0t come. 3upiter was
surprised at his absence.
'fter few days, 3upiter came across the tortoise and ased him, 1(hy didn0t you
attend the banquet held in honor of my marriage- (ere you all right-2
The tortoise retorted, 1I am a stay-at-home type of an animal and never care to
attend petty affairs. (hy should I trouble myself when there is no place lie home-2
Though, the tortoise said something very true, but the way he said it was very
hurting. 3upiter felt pinched and cursed the tortoise, 1;ow, you will always carry
your home on your bac and never be able to unload it.2
Till today, every tortoise carries his home with him
Once a lion was roaming in the $ungle in search of a prey. 7ucily, he saw a rabbit
sleeping fast under a tree. He was delighted to get a meal with no efforts at all.
The lion was about to spring at the sleeping rabbit when he caught sight of a deer
passing by. He thought of going for a bigger prey, as it would be a much nicer meal.
!o, he chased the deer but failed to overtae it. He gave up the attempt and
returned to the place where the rabbit was sleeping.
6eaching there, the lion saw that the small animal was no longer there. 's it was
getting dar, it was difficult for the lion to loo out for another prey and so he had to
remain hungry.
1I have been served right. Had I contented myself with the rabbit, I would not have
starved at least2, murmured the lion.
*oral+ greed for more causes loss of what one already has.
Once upon a time, a wolf while rambling in a forest reached a field of oats belonging
to a farmer.
But the fact is that wolves don0t eat oats. The wolf was about to move away when he
saw a horse coming towards him. He decided to wait for him and e"tend a hand of
friendship towards him.
(hen the horse came, the wolf said to him, :Hello5 *r. Horse5 How are you- !ee this
fine field of oats< I have left it untouched for you. I shall en$oy seeing you munching
the ripen grains.2
The horse smiled and said, :*r. (olf5 Had you been able to eat the oats, you would
not have thought of troubling your eyes at all. 6ather you would have engaged in
filling your appetite.: The wolf felt highly ashamed and went away.
%very creature, be it animals or human-beings, have some good and some bad
points in itself.
Once there was a weasel that lived near a house. The owner of the house had a
poultry farm and obviously there were a large number of hens. !o, the weasel could
always get a good meal. He used to feed on all insects present in the house lie
mice, li)ards and other small insects. 'nd if he got none, he would snea away with
some fowl or steal away the owner0s meat.
The owner of the house decided to catch the weasel and ill it and one day he was
able to lay hand on it. He was about to ill it when it begged, :!pare me, !ir5 I am so
useful to you. I clear your home of all the harmful insects.
The man said, :I agree with what you say. But the harm you do me is much more
than the good you do me. /ou steal away with my fowls and eat them up. *oreover,
steal my meat to en$oy it among the bushes. !o, you must be punished and die here
and now.:
Once a rabbit was wandering in a forest when a dog saw it from a distance and
made for it at the top of his speed. The rabbit, seeing the dog approaching it, too to
it0s heels to save itself from being illed. 's the dog was getting nearer and nearer
the rabbit could not run anymore and hid under a bush.
In no time, the dog reached there and stood beside the bush. By now, the rabbit had
taen good rest. !o, it left the bush and ran to it0s burrow as fast as it could.
The dog, again chased it and overtoo it $ust before it could enter it0s burrow. He
liced the rabbit and at times bit it too. The rabbit could not understand why the dog
was doing lie that.
!o, it ased the dog, :'re you a friend or an enemy- If, a friend, then why do you
bite me but if, an enemy, why do you caress me- >lease, be single - faced.:
Once there was a gardener having a beautiful garden of flower-mostly rose plants.
By chance a lily plant blossomed near a rose-bush.
7ily is believed to yield flowers that never fade and have an everlasting beauty. But
the rose flowers have a short life.
The lily said to the rose, :How beautiful you are5 (hat an aroma you possess5 ;o
wonder, you are universally a favourite flower. I really envy you.
: The rose replied, :/ou wouldn0t have said so, if you new the reality. *y bloom is
very short-lived. I bloom in the morning and by sunset I begin to loose shine. By the
ne"t morning I fade completely and then I die. But you are nown to have flowers
that never fade even if they have been cut. Beauty is only a nine-day wonder.:
Once a swarm of bees had put up their hive in a tree that stood on the ban of a
river. They remained busy collecting honey all the day. One day a bee felt thirsty and
went to the river. 's it tried to drin water, the water carried it away. !o, it was
about to drown.
,ortunately, a dove was sitting on the branch of a tree.
!he saw the bee in trouble and immediately went for it0s rescue. !he pluced a
broad leaf from the tree, flew to the bee and dropped the leaf near it. The bee
mounted the leaf, dried it0s wings and flew away to safety.
'fter few days, the dove was caught in a big danger. !he was sitting on the branch
of a tree when an archer aimed at it. !he thought of flying away but a haw was
hovering above her head. !he could see her death nearby.
7ucily, the bee came there. !eeing the dove in danger, it stung him. The arrow
went off but missed it0s aim and hit the haw instead and illed it. Thus, the dove
was saved from death.
It was summer time and sun was very hot. ' bull was sitting in the cool shade of a
tree and chewing cud with his eyes half-shut.
'll of a sudden a goat came there and looed out for a place to sit under the shade.
!ilently, it sat on one of the horns of the bull and ept sitting there till it had taen
full rest.
;ow, before leaving the goat wanted to show it0s shrewdness. It wanted to show
the bull that it has used it0s horn as a seat without letting him now about it.
!o, the goat ased the bull, :(ould you mind, if I go now-:
The bull replied, :I hardly care when a tiny creature lie you comes and goes away
after resting on my body. If you would have thaned me for using my horn, it must
have raised your importance in my eyes.:
The goat felt very small and went away.
Once upon a time there was a big pool of water near a village. It abounded with
frogs. %very evening, the children of the village used to play near the pool.
One day, while playing, one of the boys saw few frogs swimming about in the
shallow water. He felt amused on seeing them. He called his mates and said, :(hat
a fun it will be to pelt stones at these frogs5 They will run about to save
!o, the boys started throwing stones at the poor frogs ruthlessly and laughed aloud
while doing so. 's a result, many frogs lost their lives. !eeing them lying dead, the
boys laughed ever louder.
't last, a frog popped its head out of water and said, :I beg you to stop this fun. /ou
don0t now, your cruel sport means death to us.:
Hearing the words of the frog, the boys ran away.
Once upon a time a man and a lion were $ourneying together. To ill time they
started taling. ,or some time they taled happily but then one of them began to
boast of his prowess and claimed to be superior to the other. !oon the argument
heated up and there was a fear of a fight.
7ucily, they came to a cross-road where a beautiful statue stood that showed a
man strangulating a lion that looed helpless and was ready to die.
The man said, 17oo there5 8oesn0t it prove my point, *r. 7ion-2
The lion replied, 1Its your view. But if we lion mae statues, we shall show the man
under the strong paws of a lion.2
The man had no words to reply. !o, they both cooled down and moved ahead.
It was hot summer. ' lion went to a pool to drin water. 3ust then a pig also came
there to quench his thirst. Both of them wanted to drin first.
They looed at each other with blood-shot eyes and attaced each other with so
much anger that soon they started bleeding.
,eeling tired, both stopped for a while to be fresh. !uddenly, they heard the screams
of vultures. They saw that a large number of vultures were looing at them with
longing eyes.
In no time, both the beasts understood that the vultures were waiting for one of
them to be illed by the other so that they might feed on his dead body.
!o both of them became friends, quenched their thirst and went away.
Thus, their friendship saved their lives.
Once there was a farmer who had four sons. They were always quarreling with each
other. The farmer tried hard to bring them to the right path but they would never
pay attention to his advice. He was very worried about their future.
One day, he came across a plan. He called his sons and ased them to bring few
stics. (hen they brought the stics, the farmer tied them in a bundle and ased
them to try their strength to brea it.
%ach of the sons tried to brea the bundle but failed. Then the farmer untied the
bundle and gave one stic each to brea. %ach of them was able to do it easily.
The farmer said, 1;ow you understand. If you are united nobody can get better of
you. But you eep quarrelling, you will be broen one by one.2
Once a frog lived in a marsh and nearby lived a mouse in a hole. They were good
friends but one day they entered a dispute. Both of them claimed to be the owner of
the marsh.
The frog was stronger than the mouse but the mouse was very clever. He hid himself
under the grass, attaced the frog and harmed him a lot.
The frog, seeing this, decided to put an end to the dispute and challenged the mouse
for a clash. (ithout any hesitation, the mouse accepted the challenge.
Both armed themselves with a point of reed to use it lie a spear. %ither of them was
sure of their victory.
(hen they were about to start fighting, a haw came there flying. Hovering in the
sy, she saw the animals ready for a duel. !o, she swooped down, caught them both
in her claws and carried them away to feed her young.
Once all the hares held a meeting to e"press their grief over the ever-present
danger of being illed and eaten up by men, birds dogs etc. !o they decided to
commit suicide by drowning themselves and went to a pool to carry out their plan.
That pool was abounded by frogs. 't that time, they were basing in the sun outside
the pool. But on hearing the noises of the hares, they got scared and $umped into
the pool to hide themselves under the water. But the hares caught sight of them.
They were surprised to see what the frogs had done.
Then an old hare cried out, 17et0s give up the idea of suicide. Haven0t you seen that
some creatures are afraid of us too. They must be weaer and more timid than we
are. If they haven0t chosen to commit suicide, then why should we-2
Once a young boy went for a bath to a river. &nfortunately, he went beyond his
depth and water lifted him off his feet. ,eeling that he was about to drown, he
started shouting for help.
' man was passing along the road $ust close by. He heard the shouts of the boy and
rushed to the river-ban. He saw the boy in danger. Instead of saving him, the man
started scolding him, 1(hy are you crying now- /ou are paying for your
The boy cried, 1!ir5 >lease, save me first otherwise I shall be drowned. /ou can
scold me later on.2
But the man was not wise enough to follow the point. He went on with his rebues
and the strong current carried the poor boy away.
Once a boy found a $ar lying by the way-side. It had a narrow-nec and was full of
peanuts. !eeing the peanuts the boy0s mouth started watering. !o, he put his hand
into the $ar and held as many peanuts as his hand could grasp. But when he pulled it
out, he couldn0t do so. !o, he felt disappointed and started crying.
' man was looing at the boy from a distance. He came to the boy and said, 18on0t
be greedy. Be satisfied with half the nuts at one time. /ou will be able to get your
hand out. /ou can have more with a second trial.2
The boy acted as the man said and was happy to get the nuts. He thaned the man
and went away.
Once a deer was gra)ing in a forest. ' hunter saw him from a distance and rushed
towards him. 7ucily, the deer saw him well in time and ran to save his life.
The hunter gave him a hot chase but in no time, the deer gained a large distance.
The hunter was still after him. !o, the deer hid himself under cover of a thic vine
that grew by the way-side. The hunter too no notice of him and passed by.
,inding the danger to be over, the deer started browsing the green leaves of the
vine. It sent the leaves rustling and their sound caught the attention of the hunter
who had not gone far away.
!o, the hunter shot an arrow into the vine and it pierced the deer0s heart. (hile
dying , the deer said, 1I deserve this fate for being ungrateful. The vine protected
me from the danger but I started eating its leaves. How deceptive of me.2
'nthony was a very la)y boy and always used to postpone things. One day his father
called him and made him understand the value of time that one should always do
things on time. 'nthony promised his father that he would never postpone things.
One day, he came to now that he had won the first pri)e in a singing competition
that was held the previous month. He was ased to collect the pri)e the same day.
He didn0t care and went to collect the pri)e the ne"t day. But the pri)e became
useless for him, as it was a ticet to a circus show, which was held the previous day.
'nthony learnt a lesson from this incident.
One day, 6osy went to a grocery shop to buy bread. (hen she saw that the
shopeeper was busy with the other customers, she stole some toffees from a $ar.
(hen she got bac home, her mother ased her that where did she get the toffees-
6osy told her mother the truth.
Her mother said, 1It0s really very bad to steal. The shopeeper might not be looing
at you but the 4od is always looing at you all the time. !o, one should never steal.2
6osy understood the words of her mother and went bac to the shop to return the
toffees to the shopeeper.
The shopeeper felt happy on seeing her honesty and gave her some toffees as a
>eter shifted to a new house with his parents. The neighbors told them that the
house was haunted but the family didn0t believe them.
One day, when >eter was sleeping in his room, he heard some noises from the ne"t
room. He got scared and shouted in fear. His parents quicly came to his rescue.
>eter told them that there was a ghost in the other room. (hen they went there,
they saw a mouse running here and there.
!eeing this >eter laughed and his parents made him understand that there is
nothing lie ghosts in this world.
One day, >rincy was alone at home. Her parents had gone to attend a party. >rincy
saw a stapler lying on her father0s table. !he piced it up and started playing with it.
!he tore the pages of an old boo and started stapling them. (hen the staples got
finished, she tried to refill the stapler. 's she didn0t now how to do it, she broe it.
>rincy got scared and left the stapler on the table. ?ne"t day, when her father ased
her about the broen stapler, she confessed that it was broen by her.
Her father praised her for telling the truth but also ased her not to fiddle with
things, which she didn0t now how to use.
' man used to move from village to village with his acrobatic team of a goat, a
money and a snae to entertain people.
Once, while crossing a river, he balanced the snae baset on his head, sat the
money on his shoulder and guided the goat with his hand. The level of the water
was low but there flowed a strong current.
*idway, the naughty money opened the snae baset. The snae within the
darness of the baset sprung up with its head high. The hissing and the fury
frightened the money and it fell into the water.
The current started dragging the money away. ' split-second effort to save the
money threw the charmer off balance and the snae baset fell into the stream.
To catch hold of the baset, he lost his grip on the goat. (ithin few seconds, the
current carried away all three of his companions.
One day, @ictor was traveling through a train with his parents. 'll the time he was
glancing at his new shoes that his father had bought for him. 'fter some time, he
removed his shoes to tae a nap.
(hen he woe up, he found one of the shoes missing. He started crying loudly. His
parents tried to console him. 't last, his father promised that after reaching home,
he would buy him a new pair of shoes.
Hearing this, @ictor got so e"cited that he threw the other shoe out of the train. On
reaching their destination, he found his lost shoe in a baset. He regretted for the
loss he had incurred only because of his hurry.
Once there lived a doney, on an island. (hole day, he used to roam around here
and there on the island. !oon he got bored of it and thought of going to some new
place. 'll his friends ased him not to do so but he didn0t pay any attention to their
He swam to another island. It was full of green grass. He made new friends over
there. In a few days, he became fat.
One day, a farmer saw him and caught him. He too the doney to his house. ;ow
the doney had to wor hard the whole day. The farmer didn0t even give him enough
to eat.
One day, the doney got an opportunity and fled from the farmer0s house. He went
bac to his old island and decided not to leave his friends again who had given him
right advice.
Once there was a wiced cat that loved to eat chicens. %veryday, she used to find a
chicen from somewhere or the other and ate them up.
One day she came to now that a hen was ill. !he went to her and ased about her
welfare. !he also ased if she could help her in any way.
The hen replied, 1The best help you can offer me is to stay away from my family and
convey this message to your race too.2
Once there was an old lady who had a parrot. The parrot used to tell her the time.
%very morning, the parrot would wae up the old lady and then the old lady would
wae up her servant.
The servant was very angry at the parrot. Because of him, he had to wae up early
in the morning. 4etting an opportunity, he illed the parrot.
;ow the old lady had no sense of time. !he would often wae up the servant at
midnight. The servant repented his sin.
Once, a boy went to a pond to catch fish. He lay down on the shore of the pond and
put his left arm inside the pond. Then he waited for the fish to fall into his trap.
3ust then he felt as if some fish had caught his hand. He too out his arm and saw
that it was not a fish but a snae. 't once, he shoo his hand and the snae fell into
the water again.
'n old man watching all this, came to him and said, 1'lways thin twice before
doing anything. 8oing foolish things can sometimes cost you your life.2
Once upon a time, there was a renowned saint. *any people used to visit him to get
his blessings.
Once a rich and greedy merchant went to him and offered him a bag full of gold
coins. The saint refused to accept the offerings and said, 1I don0t accept money from
people who are very poor.2
The merchant said, 1But I0m very rich.2
18on0t you wish to earn more money-2 ased the saint.
1/es2, said the merchant.
1Those who wish for money always run after it. They can do anything to acquire it.
;o one is as poor as these people2 said the saint.
The merchant felt ashamed and went bac to his home.
One cold morning, a poor shepherd was gra)ing his cattle in a pasture. He neither
had enough clothes to wear nor even a pair of shoes.
!uddenly, a man came there on a horse, a famous dacoit. He dismounted, went to
the shepherd and said, 1.ome and wor with me. I will give you clothes and shoes.
/ou will not have to worry even for your food.2
't this the shepherd replied, 1I am content being a shepherd. 't least I have peace
of mind which you don0t have.2
Hearing this, the dacoit got stunned and immediately went to the police station and
One day, two friends while waling along the road saw a nice rope lying by its side.
Both wanted to have it and started fighting for it.
One held it from one end and the other from the other end. They started pulling the
rope. !uddenly, the rope broe off from the middle. One of them fell in mud and the
other in a drain.
' passerby who was watching all this, went to them and said, 1,ighting for a thing
always gives bad results.2 The friends felt ashamed of their deed.
Once a teacher had a disciple who used to live in a hermitage. One day, the disciple
was going somewhere. He hadn0t gone too far when suddenly it started raining cats
and dogs. He returned and told this problem to his teacher. The teacher said, 1/ou
should have faith in god. He will save you from all problems.2
The disciple obeyed and resumed his $ourney. He ept reciting the name of god and
cleared all the hurdles.
;e"t day, the teacher had to go on the same route. (hen he reached a deep drain,
he doubted whether god would save him or not. The teacher got drowned.
Thus, doubt drowns you and faith saves you.
Once there was a man who was very fussy about food. One day, he felt lie having
some seafood and went to a restaurant and ordered some oysters.
The man said to the waiter, 1>lease chec that oysters are neither too large nor too
small, neither too salty not too fried, neither too fat, nor too thin.2
't this the waiter said, 18o you want them with or without pearls-2
The man reali)ed that the waiter was taunting him and understood that one should
not be so much fussy about things.
Once a rich merchant was waling along the road with his servant. Out of the blue, a
laborer carrying a heavy sac, passed by him. The merchant was hit by the sac and
his hat fell in a nearby drain.
The servant thought that the laborer would now get a good scolding, but to his
amusement, the merchant instead of scolding the laborer ased the servant to help
the laborer pic his sac.
(hen the laborer went ahead, the servant ased the merchant for such behavior.
The merchant said, 1It was my mistae, not his. He was already carrying a heavy
load. I should have waled carefully.2
Hearing this, the servant praised his master.
The moral of the story is that a person should never blame others for his fault
It was a fine day during the rainy season. ' peacoc was dancing happily in a forest.
!uddenly he reminded of his ugly rough voice. His face turned pale and his eyes
started watering.
!uddenly he saw a nightingale sitting on a nearby tree and singing. 7istening her,
the peacoc lamented 1what a sweet voice she has, which everybody loves and
praises but when I utter a sound everybody maes fun of me. How $in"ed am I2.
3ust then appeared 3una, wife of 3upiter, the chief of gods. !he ased the peacoc
1why are u sad-2
The peacoc sobbed out 1I have got such a beautiful body that is praised by all but
my voice is so bad that everyone laughs at it. !o this beauty is useless2.
The goddess replied, 1you are the only one who is unhappy. !everal creatures have
been gifted by god with various gifts lie- you the beauty, eagle the strength,
nightingale the sweet voice, so on and so forth. !o don0t grumble over your
weaness, accept the way it is and be happy2.
Hence, one should not regret on what heAshe doesn0t have rather be satisfied with
what one has.
It was a hot summer day. !un was shining bright up in the sy. ' lion was sitting
under the shade of a big tree and in some time got asleep. ;earby that tree, there
was a hole, in which there lived a mouse. (hen the lion was sleeping, the mouse
came out of its hole and saw him asleep.
&naware of the lion0s strength, it got ticled by an idea. It thought of waing up the
lion by running over his body $ust for fun.
&nfortunately, the lion sei)ed it in his strong paw. He was going to ill it when it
begged, 1!pare me, sir< some day I may repay your mercy.2
The lion was amused hearing it0s words and let it go with a smile thining that how
can such a small mouse be of any help to me.
But a day came, when the lion got into trouble. He got caught in a hunter0s net under
that very tree. 's a result, he started roaring loudly.
On hearing his roar, the mouse came out of its hole. This was the time to pay bac
the lion0s mercy. !o, immediately it nibbled the cords of the net and set the lion free.
6emember, mercy never goes unrewarded.
One day a fisherman went for fishing to a river as usual. He casted his net into the
river and sat waiting for the fish to get into it.
'fter some time, he drew up the net and saw a tiny fish in it. He too the fish out
and put it into his baset. He was about to cast his net again into the river when the
tiny fish begged him, 1!ir, please put me bac into the river otherwise I shall die. I
am very small and of little use for you and if you put me bac in water then, after a
few days, I shall grow big and then, you can catch me again and I shall be more
useful to you then.2
The fisherman said, 1Oh no5 Once I have caught you, how can I let you go lie this
because later I may never catch you again. I am not that foolish.2
!o, the fisherman was wise enough and didn0t give up the certain for something
One fine sunny day in winter, a grasshopper was basing in the warm sun. But he
was very hungry, as he had not eaten anything since last night.
!o, he looed about to find something to soothe his hunger. !uddenly, he saw few
ants carrying grains into their hole.
He went up to the ants and ased humbly, 2.an you, please, spare few grains for
me. I haven0t eaten anything since yesterday. !o, I am almost starving to death.2
One of the ants ased the grasshopper, 1(hat were you doing the whole summer-
(hy didn0t you store up the food for the winter season-2
The grasshopper replied, 1Truly speaing, I spent all the summer singing songs and
that0s why I couldn0t store anything.2
The ant chuced out a smile and remared, 1Then dance the winter away.2 The
grasshopper pulled a long face and waled away.
!o we say 1(or is real worship2
Once upon a time there was a lion that grew so old that he was unable to ill any
prey for his food. !o, he said to himself, 1I must do something to stay my stomach
else I will die of starvation.2
He ept thining and thining and at last an idea cliced him. He decided to lie down
in the cave pretending to be ill and then who-so-ever will come to inquire about his
health, will become his prey. The old lion put his wiced plan into practice and it
started woring. *any of his well-wishers got illed. But evil is short lived.
One day, a fo" came to visit the ailing lion. 's fo"es are clever by nature, the fo"
stood at the mouth of the cave and looed about. His si"th sense wored and he
came to now the reality. !o, he called out to the lion from outside and said, 1How
are you, sir-2
The lion replied, 1I am not feeling well at all. But why don0t you come inside-2
Then the fo" replied, 1I would love to come in, sir5 But on seeing, all foot prints
going to your cave and none coming out, I would be foolish enough to come in.2
!aying so, the fo" went to alert the other animals.
Once a fo" was roaming around in a forest looing for food. !uddenly, he saw a pig
rubbing his tuss against the trun of a tree.
The fo" looed about carefully but couldn0t see any danger for the pig anywhere.
8espite being so clever, he couldn0t understand why, the pig was doing that.
He couldn0t control himself, went to the pig and ased, 1The hunters are not out
today, nor can I see any other danger, then why are you doing that-2
The pig replied, 18ear5 (e live in a forest where enemies are there at every step.
(ho nows when I0ll have to face them and use my tuss against them- !o, if I
don0t do it now, I may not get time to sharpen my tuss when I need them the
This story teaches us that always be ready for the bad times to come.
One day a deer went to a pool to quench his thirst. The pool water was so clear and
still that he could see his reflection in it quite vividly. He looed at the image of his
antlers and felt proud of their beauty.
!uddenly, his eyes fell on the reflection of his fore-legs. Though slender to loo at,
they gave him his high speed. But he felt sad seeing them. (ith heavy heart, he
quenched his thirst hardly, had he raised his head when he saw a lion coming
towards him. !o, he too to his heels and the lion was left far behind.
The deer too a sigh of relief. But unfortunately, his antlers got caught in a thicet.
He tried his best to be free but could not. In the meantime, the lion came quite
The deer now cursed himself for condemning his legs and praising his horns. But
now he could do nothing. The lion overtoo him and tore him to pieces.
The deer was having pride for his horns because of which, he became the food of the
lion. On the other hand, he was cursing his legs, which only could save him from the
grip of the lion.
It was high summer. The sun was e"tremely hot. Two travelers were going along a
dusty road that had no trees along its sides. 7ooing for some shelter from the hot
sun, they saw a tree with big leaves and branches spread lie an umbrella.
They placed their belongings on the ground and sat in the cool thic shade of the
tree. 'fter taing some rest, one traveler said to the other, 1(hat a useless tree it
is5 It bears no fruits at all.2
Hearing this, the tree felt pinched and burst out, 1/ou ungrateful soul5 On one hand,
you are taing shelter in my cool shade from the burning heat of the sun and on the
other hand, you are calling me useless. 4et up and leave the place immediately to be
scorched again.2
Once there broe a war between the birds and the beasts. *any battles were fought
one after the other. If vow the birds got the upper hand, the ne"t time beasts were
The bats played a very treacherous role in this war. They sided with whichever side
got the better of the other. Thus they were changing their loyalty from side to side.
;either side paid any attention to the bats till the war lasted. But when the war got
over, the bats didn0t now which side to go. ,irst, they went to the birds. But the
birds refused to own them as many birds had seen them fighting for the beasts.
Then, the bats went to the beasts. But there also they faced the same situation.
!o, they were left all alone because of their disloyalty.
Once upon a time a man was going with his doney down a hill-road. He was
following the doney with a stic in his hand. The doney $ogged down carefully
over some distance. But then suddenly it left the trac and strayed aside. Its owner
tried his best to drive it bac to the trac but the willful beast didn0t obey. 's a
result, it reached the edge of a cliff that overlooed a deep gorge.
The owner felt worried to see the doney in danger. He couldn0t understand what to
do. !o, he caught hold of it0s tail when it was about to leap over the edge of the cliff.
The man tried hard to chec the doney from moving ahead but all went in vain. It
didn0t move even an inch bacwards. !o the man let it go saying, 1'll right, go your
way to meet your death. (hat else can I do-2
Once a wolf saw a lamb at a distance and decided to eat it up. !o, he moved light-
footedly towards it.
But as the wolf moved, the poor animal saw him and ran for its life. The wolf chased
it but couldn0t catch it. The lamb entered a temple and felt quite safe there.
The wolf felt very disappointed and called out to the lamb. >utting on a loving loo,
he said, 1Its unsafe for you to stay inside the temple. The priest will catch you and
sacrifice you before the gods.2
!taying inside, the lamb replied, 1Thans a lot for your advice, *r. (olf. I would
prefer to stay inside and be sacrificed on the altar rather than coming out and
satisfy your appetite.2
The wolf had no words to say and went away glum and grumpy.
This is really surprising but it0s a fact that all ants were human-beings to begin with.
They lived by tilling soil and raising crops $ust as farmers do even today.
8issatisfied with what they used to get through their labor, these farmers always
had their eyes on the crops of their neighbors. ;ot only this, they even used to steal
their crops whenever they got a chance and adding on to their own store.
The gods got highly offended by these acts and went to their chief 3upiter to
complain against the thieving farmers. He got so angry that he converted these
farmers into ants.
Though the form of these farmers got changed, their habit of stealing is the same till
today. The ants go about the corn-fields and gather grains not belonging to them.
This shows that one0s nature seldom changes.
Once there was a big pool near a village. The villagers used the water of the pool for
drining and for other purposes also. The pool was abounded with fish.
Once a fisherman went fishing to the pool. He cast his net into the pool and sat
down. But he was very impatient. !o, he tied a long string to a small stone. Then
putting it into the pool, he began to stir the water to drive more fish into his net.
' villager saw him do so and ased him not to mae the water muddy. But the
fisherman didn0t listen to him and went on beating the water and maing it dirty. !o,
the villagers brought some companions armed with weapons. !eeing them, the
fisherman got scared. He drew out his stone and apologi)ed.:
Once upon a time a goat was gra)ing near her master0s cottage. 'll of a sudden, she
saw green grass growing on the roof of the cottage. 8eciding to en$oy it, she leaped
onto the roof and started browsing the green shoots of the grass.
3ust then a wolf came there and seeing the goat, his mouth started watering. But he
was unable to get to the roof of the cottage. !o, he turned to go away to loo for
some other prey.
The goat saw the wolf licing his chops. !o, she laughed in her sleeves and looed at
him with $eering eyes. The wolf being helpless had to tolerate this mocery.
(hile waling away, the wolf looed up and said, :/oung lady5 Its not you who is
mocing at me but it is the height at which you are standing. /our high position has
given you your value.:
' pool was abounded with frogs. They always desired to have a ing, as they felt
unguarded without him. !o, they held a meeting and decided to see 3upiter the chief
of gods, and as him for a ing. !o, they went to him and placed their request before
3upiter was surprised at the foolish request and tried to advise the frogs but all in
vain. !o, he cast a big log into the pool and said that it was their ing. The splash of
the falling log terrified the frogs and they ran hurriedly to save themselves. But after
some time, they came bac and sat on the log. !eeing it quite motionless, they
began to hate it.
!o, the frogs again came to 3upiter and requested him to replace their ing with
some active ing. 3upiter sent a crane as their ing who began to catch and eat them
up daily.
Thus, they were taught a right lesson for their folly.
One day a mule was in a very playful mood. !o, she began to fris about and run
over long distances. Thus she got convinced that she could outrun even the fastest
animal on the earth.
(hile frising, the mule thought, 1*y mother was a mare. !he must have been a
racer. That0s why I am able to run so fast.2
'fter some time, she got tired and wanted to tae rest. !o, she stopped running and
stood still at a place.
The mule ased herself, 1,rom whom have I inherited this fatigue-2
!he thought hard and said to herself, 1I must have inherited it from my father who
was $ust a doney. He used to carry heavy loads and was all the time e"hausted.2
' group of frogs was playing when two of them fell into a deep pit. (hen other frogs
saw how deep the pit was, they told the two frogs that they were as good as dead.
The two frogs ignored their comments and tried hard to $ump out of the pit but all in
vain. ,inally, one of the frogs gave up but the other continued to $ump even harder
and made it out.
!o, this story proves that you should never give up trying till the time you succeed.
Once, a dog and a doney were going to the town along with their master. 't noon,
the master unloaded the doney and settled down under a tree for a nap. The
doney started gra)ing. The dog also felt hungry. He ased the doney, 1There are
some loaves among the load you were carrying. >lease give one to me.2
The doney said, 1!orry5 I can0t. 7et the master wae first. He will feed you then.2
3ust then a wolf came there. The doney pleaded with the dog to help him. The dog
replied, 1I am not strong enough to deal with the wolf. 7et the master wae up. He
will help you then.2
The doney reali)ed his folly and said sorry to the dog.
One day a boy was caught stealing onions from a vegetable shop. He was taen to a
$udge. The $udge gave him three choices< eat all the onions in one go, submit to a
thousand lashes or pay fine.
The boy without thining said that he would lie to eat all the onions. @ery
confidently, he started eating the onions but after eating a few, his eyes began to
burn, his nose started running and his mouth felt as if it was on fire.
The boy ased for the lashes instead but after a few lashes he couldn0t tolerate the
pain. !o, ultimately he said that he would pay the fine.
;ow he understood that one should always thin before speaing.
Once two friends called Harry and 4arry came to a city to earn money. They went to
a rich merchant for a $ob. The merchant gave each of them a cane baset and
pointing towards a well in his garden said, 1Tae these basets and draw water from
the well till dus.2
Harry thought it foolish to draw water in a cane baset. !o, he slept. On the other
hand, 4arry ept woring. 'fter few hours, when he drew the baset up, he saw
some gold coins in the baset.
He too them to the merchant who rewarded him and gave him a $ob too. Harry
went away ashamed.
Once there lived a grumpy ing. He never used to laugh nor allow anyone in the
ingdom to laugh.
One day, a small boy couldn0t control his laughter. 7ater, scared of the punishment,
he thought of a plan. He wrote a funny story and converted it into a drama.
Then he went to the palace and ased the ing, 1*ay I present my drama to you-2
the ing let him do it. Then the boy started the play. In the end, he came to the
funniest part of the story which made the ing laugh.
'll people present in the court were ama)ed. The ing then allowed everybody to
laugh. %veryone then lived happily thereafter.
Once, a man went to a library. There he read a boo, 1How to ride a horse2. 'fter
few days, he went to a friend who had a horse.. seeing it, he couldn0t control
himself and ased for a ride from his friend. The friend agreed.
The man tried to ride the horse. But a horse always recogni)es its rider. It reared up
and flung the man to the ground.
The friend ased, 1(here did you learn to ride-2 the man e"posed his foolishness
saying that he learnt it from a library boo.
One must remember that one can0t learn anything by oneself. /ou need a teacher if
you want to learn.
Once there was a woman who had a itchen garden. !he used to tae good care of
her garden. !he even taught her daughter, how to tend a garden.
One day, while waling in the garden, the woman saw some eggs of insects on the
leaves of plants. !he ased her daughter to destroy the eggs with insecticides. But
the daughter simply ignored her words.
&nfortunately, the mother fell ill. (hen she got well and went to her garden, she
was shoced to see that the insects had damaged the whole garden.
The daughter reali)ed her mistae. The mother made her understand that one
should never neglect duty.
Once a crow felt lie becoming a peacoc. He got some feathers of peacoc from
somewhere and pasted them on his tail. Then he went among some peacoc. But the
peacocs recogni)ed him. They peced all over his body and threw him out.
The crow felt glum and returned to his race. (hen his family came to now about his
deed, they also felt very angry and peced him hard.
Thus, the crow decided never to follow others.
%veryday, a shepherd used to tae his cows for gra)ing. He had tied a bell to each of
the cows he had so that he could now where they were gra)ing. The best cow had a
costly bell tied around her nec.
One day, a stranger was going through the pasture. !eeing the costly bell around
the cow0s nec, he went to the shepherd and ased if he would sell the bell.
Out of greed, the shepherd sold the bell. But now he could not now where his best
cow was gra)ing.
On getting an opportunity, the stranger stole the cow. Thus, the shepherd lost his
best cow $ust because of his greed.
Once, a trader had a doney and a horse. %veryday, he would load the doney
heavily and go to the city to sell things.
One hot day, the doney started feeling di))y. He ased the horse to tae some of
his load but the horse refused saying that it was not his duty to carry loads.
!oon the doney fell down and died due to e"treme heat. The trader put all the load
on the horse0s bac and continued his $ourney.
!o, it0s true that one who does not help his friend in need has to himself face
problems in the long run.
Once, a rich boy went to visit his native village. It was a sunny afternoon and he was
feeling very hungry. !o, he bought some food from a farmer and sat under a tree to
!uddenly, he saw a poor boy standing at a distance and found that he was very
hungry. He decided to leave some food for the poor boy. But, as he was very hungry,
he forgot. He ate all the things. (hen he dran water, he saw something written at
the base of the vessel, 1Those who don0t care for poor have no right to have food.2
!o the rich boy bought some food for the poor boy and gave it to him.
Once a shepherd while gra)ing his cattle in the pastures happened to be seen by the
ing of that ingdom. The shepherd was in a $ovial mood.
(hen the ing ased him the reason of his happiness, the shepherd without
nowing that he was the ing said, 1!houldn0t I be happy- I am happier than the
ing of our ingdom.2
(hen the ing ased him to prove this, he replied, 1I have the wealth of this nature.
The sun gives me warmth and light, the blue sy pampers me and this valley gives
me peace of mind. I have enough money to live a comfortable life. ;ow tell me, does
the ing have so much wealth-2
The ing reali)ed that the real wealth is not money but the peace of mind.
One day, a villager while going to the city on his horse, saw that one of the
horseshoes had loosened up, but he didn0t pay attention towards it and ept riding.
'fter covering some distance, the horseshoe came off but still he didn0t stop.
!uddenly, he got surrounded by dacoits and had no other alternative but to hand
over all his belongings to them.
If he had repaired the horseshoe, he could have escaped from there.
On his deathbed, a father advised his son to always spea truth. The son promised
that he would never tell a lie.
One day, while going to the city through a forest, he got surrounded by some
robbers. One of them ased, 1(hat do you have-2
The boy answered, 1I have fifty rupees.2
They searched him but couldn0t find anything. (hen they were about to go, the boy
called out, 1I am not telling a lie. !ee this fifty rupee note which I had hidden in my
The leader of the robbers felt pleased at the truthfulness of the boy, gave him
hundred rupees as reward and went away.
One day, some youths went to a $ungle to practice shooting. They ept few pots at a
distance and targeted them. ;one of them could hit even a single pot.
' saint who was watching them started laughing. One of them went to him and
ased, 1(hy are you laughing- 8o you now how to shoot-2
't this, the saint too the gun and fired at the pots and smashed all of them one by
The youths were ama)ed to see this and ased the saint if he was a magician.
The saint replied, 1I am neither a magician nor a sharpshooter. I $ust concentrated
and the result is in front of you. One should always wor with concentration.2
The youths thaned him for the piece of advice.
' deer was very upset with his wife as she always fought with him. One day, the doe
left her abode and went to a nearby $ungle and started staying with another deer.
Once, when they both were resting in a cave, they heard the roar of a lion. The doe
said to the deer, 1(hat shall we do now- This lion will ill us both.2
The deer replied, 1I am going my way. /ou tae care of yourself2. The doe was taen
abac at this. !he recalled how her husband saved her many times from crisis.
!he fled from the bac of the cave and soon reached her deer. The deer felt very
happy to see his wife bac.
The doe reali)ed her mistae and promised to behave.
Once a dog was rela"ing in a garden when it saw a cat on the top of a high wall. It
thought, 1It must be so nice to be high above the ground. If only I could climb-2
This feeling of envy made it so bad-tempered, that it didn0t even wag its tail at its
master, who came to give it some mil.
Then it saw a goldfish in the river and wished that it too could live in the cold water.
%nvy made it angry once again.
3ust then it heard the fish say, 1It loos so nice and warm on the grass. I wish I
could lie down on it.2
'fter some time, a sparrow flew past. !eeing the dog la)ing around, it said aloud, 1I
wish I could play the whole day lie this dog. I wish I didn0t have to build a nest for
myself, search for food and tire my wings.2
7istening to them, the dog reali)ed its folly for not appreciating what it had.
One day, a shepherd went to the pastures for gra)ing his sheep. He was looing
after them, when suddenly he saw a wolf approaching him and his herd of animals.
He got scared.
But the wolf didn0t do anything. He ept moving around the sheep as if to guard
them. The shepherd thought that the wolf had changed with the time. ;ow he had
become a vegetarian.
!o, the shepherd gave him the responsibility of guarding his sheep and went to tae
a nap. (hen he woe up, he was shoced to see that the wolf had eaten all his
sheep and had fled the scene.
One day a boy called !unny came to a garden full of mango trees. But there was a
guard guarding the trees. !o, he thought of a plan. He went to the guard and ased
him to play with him.
The guard agreed. !unny drew a circle around the guard and told him that if he
stepped out, he would have to pay penalty. The guard stood inside the circle and in
the meantime !unny climbed up a tree and pluced many mangoes.
The guard saw it all but could do nothing. !oon, !unny fled away with mangoes.