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Thursday, September 27, 2007

Brahmin and the crooks

Long, long ago, there lived a Brahmin in a small village. Once his father told him to purchase a healthy goat for that purpose. The Brahmin visited the cattle fair and bought a healthy and fat goat. He slung the goat over his shoulder and headed back for his home.

There were three crooks also roaming in the fair, and when they saw the Brahmin going back to his home with the goat, they thought of a plan to get the goat by tricking the Brahmin. Then they separated from one another and took hiding positions at three different places on the path of the Brahmin. As soon as the Brahmin reached a lonely spot, one of the crooks came to him and said in a surprised tone, "Sir, what's this? I don't understand why a pious man like you should carry a dog on his shoulders!" The Brahmin was shocked to hear these words. He shouted back, "Can't you see? It's not a dog but a goat, you fool." "I beg for your apology, sir. I told you what I saw. I am sorry if you don't believe it," said the crook and went away.
The Brahmin had hardly walked a hundred yards when another crook came up to him and said, "Sir, why do you carry a dead calf on your shoulders? You seem to be a wise person. Such an act is sheer foolishness on your part." "What!" the Brahmin shouted. "How do you mistake a living goat for a dead calf?"
"Sir," replied the second crook, "you seem to be highly mistaken in this respect yourself. Either you come from such a country where goats are not found, or you do it knowingly. I just told you what I saw. " The second crook went away laughing.
The Brahmin walked further. But again, he had hardly covered a little distance when the third crook confronted him laughing "Sir, why do you carry a donkey on your shoulders? It makes you a laughing stock", said the thug and began to laugh again. The Brahmin hearing the words of the third thug became highly worried. 'Is it really not a goat!' He began to think. "Is it some kind of a ghost!"
The Brahmin got frightened. He thought to himself that the animal he was carrying on his shoulders might certainly be some sort of a ghost, because, it transformed itself from goat into a dog, from dog into a dead calf and from dead calf into a donkey. The Brahmin was then terrified to such an extent that he flung the goat on to the roadside and fled. The crooks caught the goat and feasted on it happily.

Moral : Do not be swayed by strangers opinions

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Fool and the crooks

Long, long ago, there lived a foolish man in a village. He had one horse and one goat, as his pets. One day, the fool decided to sell his horse and the goat in the market. He tied a bell round the neck of the goat so that ha can be sure that the goat is following. He then, mounted his horse and set out for the market place.

Some crooks saw the fool and made a plan to steal the horse and goat. So, one of the crooks, on the way, untied the bell from the goat's neck and, instead, tied it with the horse's tail. The fool didn't ever realize what went on behind his back. The bell tied to the tail of the horse went on ringing and the fool believed that all was well.

On the way, another crook asked the fool to stop and look behind. When the fool looked behind the crook said, "Sir, how is it that you have hung a bell by your horse's tail? What purpose does it serve?"

The fool was sad to find the goat missing. In the meantime, the third crook came near the fool and said, "Sir, I've seen a man running away with your goat. If you like, I'll chase the thief on your horse and get back your goat?"

The fool became very happy to hear this. He immediately got down fron1 his horse and handed it over to the third crook. The crook mounted the horse and rode away.

The fool waited and waited for his goat and the horse to come back, but it never happened.

Moral :Fools loose whatever they own

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Four friends and a hunter

Long, long ago, there lived four friends in a jungle. They were-a deer, a crow, a mouse and a turtle. One day a hunter came to the jungle. Seeing the hunter, the deer ran away, the crow flew away and the mouse ran into a hole. The turtle tried to crawl away fast, but he was caught by the hunter. The hunter tied him up in the net. The turtle's three friends became much worried about their friend and thought up a plan to free their friend from the hunter.

The crow flew high up in the sky and spotted the hunter walking along the river bank. As per the plan the deer ran ahead of the hunter unnoticed and lay on the hunter's path as if dead. The hunter saw the deer from a distance, lying on the ground and wanted to catch the deer. He put down the turtle on to the ground and ran to pick up the deer.

In the meantime, as planned, the rat gnawed through the net and freed the turtle. The turtle hurriedly crawled away into the river water.

When the hunter reached near the deer, the deer stood up and ran away in the jungle, leaving the hunter empty handed.

Thus the friends of the turtle rescued the turtle from the hunter.

Moral : It is important to have friends who can bail you out in case you are stuck in danger