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Monday, August 27, 2007

Shrewd Crab and a cunning crane

Once upon a time a crane lived on the edge of a large lake in the middle of a jungle. Because of old age, it was not able to prey on fish . Unable to bear the hunger, the crane stood on the edge of the lake and began crying . A crab passing by felt sorry for the crane and asked the crane: “Friend, what is the matter? Why are you crying?”

The cunning old crane said “I have heard from a fortune teller that there will be no rains for the coming twelve years in this region. This lake will dry up and these poor fish and other creatures in the lake will die. I am crying for them”The crab, and the fish living in the lake were shocked to hear it. The crane then said, "There is another lake at some distance from here which is full of water and which will not dry up. I would like to help the fish and other creatures that can not travel on the land, reach the other lake. I will carry them on my back and put them in the distant lake safely"

The fish and other creatures in the lake agreed to this idea by the crane. Each day the crane started carrying few fish at a time, on his back. But, instead of taking them to the big lake, he took them to a nearby hill and ate them.

Soon it was the turn of the crab to go to the “safety of the distant lake”. He climbed on the back of the Crane. As the crane was about to land on the hill, the crab noticed the fish bones and realized what the evil crane did to all the fish. He quickly grabbed the long neck of the crane with his sharp claws and told him to return to the old lake. And when they returned to the old lake he cut the neck of the crane with his sharp claws. He then told the fish about the evil deeds of the crane.

Moral : Always be alert and observant

Sunday, August 26, 2007

About Panchatantra

Panchatantra is a collection of Hindu fables originally written in Sanskrit. It is believed to be written about 200 B.C. by a Hindu scholar called Vishnu Sharma.
It is believed that around 200 B.C., a king called Amarasakthi who ruled the city-state of Mahilaropyam in the southern part of India had commissioned Vishnu Sharma to educate his three sons who were not very bright. To educate these princes who are dull witted, Vishnu Sharma composed tales that could be easily understood while imparting lifes lessons at the same time.

These tales are divided into five parts and are known as Panchatantra (This word can be roughly translated to five strategies)

Mitra Bhedha (The Loss of Friends)

Mitra Laabha (Gaining Friends)

Suhrudbheda (Causing Dissension Between Friends)

Vigraha (Separation)

Sandhi(Union)