Panchatantra Short Stories.
BEWARE OF MEAN FRIENDS
Beware of people, who become friendly to fulfil their evil desires. They talk sweetly, but in reality, they are never trustworthy
There in a deep jungle, lived a lion by the name of Madotkata. He had three selfish friends-a jackal, a crow and a wolf. They had become friendly with the lion, because he was the king of the forest. They were always at the service of the lion and obeyed him to meet their selfish ends.
Panchatantra : A POOR BRAHMIN'S DREAM
Panchatantra : BEWARE OF MEAN FRIENDS
Panchatantra : BRAHMADATTA, THE CRAB AND THE SNAKE
Panchatantra : COURTESY
Panchatantra : DANTILA THE TRADER AND GORAMBHA THE SWEEPER
Panchatantra : DEATH AND LORD INDRA'S PARROT
Panchatantra : DHARAMBUDDHI AND PAAPBUDDHI
Panchatantra : HELLO! CAVE
Panchatantra : KING CHANDRA AND THE MONKEY CHIEF
Panchatantra : KING NANDA AND VARARUCHI
Panchatantra : SOMILAKA THE WEAVER
Panchatantra : THE BAD LADY AND THE WOLF
Panchatantra : THE BATS
Panchatantra : THE BEAR AND GOLU AND MOLU
Panchatantra : THE BIRD WITH TWO HEADS
Panchatantra : THE BRAHMIN AND THE DELICIOUS DISHES
Panchatantra : THE BRAHMIN AND THE DIAMONDS
Panchatantra : THE BRAHMIN AND THE SNAKE
Panchatantra : THE BRAHMIN AND THE THREE THUGS
Panchatantra : THE BULLOCK AND THE LION
Panchatantra : THE CAMEL WITH A BELL ROUND HIS NECK
Panchatantra : THE CAT, THE RAT AND THE HUNTER
Panchatantra : THE CLEVER JACKAL
Panchatantra : THE COW AND THE TIGER
Panchatantra : THE CROW AND THE MONKEY
Panchatantra : THE CROW AND THE WATER PITCHER
Panchatantra : THE CUNNING JUDGE
Panchatantra : THE CUNNING SNAKE
Panchatantra : THE DEVTA AND THE WEAVER
Panchatantra : THE DHOBI'S DONKEY
Panchatantra : THE DOG IN A FOREIGN COUNTRY
Panchatantra : THE DONKEY AND THE CUNNING FOX
Panchatantra : THE DONKEY AND THE LEOPARD'S SKIN
Panchatantra : THE DONKEY WHO SANG A SONG
Panchatantra : THE FAKE KING
Panchatantra : THE FALCON AND THE CROW
Panchatantra : THE FOOL AND THE CROOKS
Panchatantra : THE FOOLISH JACKAL
Panchatantra : THE FOUR FOOLISH BRAHMINS
Panchatantra : THE FOUR FRIENDS AND THE HUNTER
Panchatantra : THE FOX AND THE ELEPHANT
Panchatantra : THE FROG AND THE SERPENT
Panchatantra : THE GIANT AND THE HELPLESS BRAHMIN
Panchatantra : THE GIANT AND THE HORSE THIEF
Panchatantra : THE GOLDEN BIRD AND THE KING
Panchatantra : THE GOLDEN BIRDS AND THE GOLDEN SWANS
Panchatantra : THE GOLDEN GOATS
Panchatantra : THE HERMIT AND THE JUMPING RAT
Panchatantra : THE HORSE AND THE LION
Panchatantra : THE HUNTER AND THE DOVES
Panchatantra : THE JACKAL AND THE ARROW
Panchatantra : THE JACKAL AND THE DRUM
Panchatantra : THE KING AND THE PARROTS
Panchatantra : THE KING COBRA AND THE ANTS
Panchatantra : THE LAPWINGS AND THE SEA
Panchatantra : THE LION AND THE HARE
Panchatantra : THE LION AND THE WOODCUTTER
Panchatantra : THE LION'S BAD BREATH
Panchatantra : THE LIONESS AND THE YOUNG JACKAL
Panchatantra : THE LITTLE MICE AND THE BIG ELEPHANTS
Panchatantra : THE LOUSE AND THE BED-BUG
Panchatantra : THE MARRIAGE OF A SNAKE
Panchatantra : THE MERCHANT AND THE BARBER
Panchatantra : THE MERCHANT'S SON
Panchatantra : THE MICE THAT ATE BALANCE
Panchatantra : THE MONGOOSE AND THE BABY IN THE CRADLE
Panchatantra : THE MONKEY AND THE CROCODILE
Panchatantra : THE MONKEY AND THE LOG
Panchatantra : THE MONKEYS AND THE RED BERRIES
Panchatantra : THE MOUSE AND THE BULL
Panchatantra : THE OLD GREEDY CRANE
Panchatantra : THE OLD WISE CROW
Panchatantra : THE PEACOCK AND THE FOX
Panchatantra : THE POTTER'S TRUTH
Panchatantra : THE PRINCE AND THE BEAR
Panchatantra : THE PRINCE AND THE SEEDLING
Panchatantra : THE RABBITS AND THE ELEPHANTS
Panchatantra : THE REVENGE OF THE ELEPHANT
Panchatantra : THE RICH MOHAN AND THE POOR SOHAN
Panchatantra : THE ROTATING WHEEL
Panchatantra : THE SAGE AND THE MOUSE
Panchatantra : THE SHEPHERD AND THE WOLF
Panchatantra : THE STAG AND HIS ANTLERS
Panchatantra : THE TALKATIVE TORTOISE
Panchatantra : THE THIEF AND THE SANYASI
Panchatantra : THE THIEF, THE GIANT AND THE BRAHMIN
Panchatantra : THE TRICK OF THE CROW
Panchatantra : THE USEFUL THIEF
Panchatantra : THE VILLAGE MOUSE VISITS TOWN MOUSE
Panchatantra : THE VISIT OF THE SWAN
Panchatantra : THE WIND AND THE SUN
Panchatantra : THE WISE CRAB
Panchatantra : THE WOLF AND THE CRANE
Panchatantra : THE WOLF AND THE LAMB
Panchatantra : THREE FISH AND THE FISHERMEN
Panchatantra : TWO FISH AND A FROG
Panchatantra : UNITED WE STAND: DIVIDED WE FALL
Panchatantra : WHEN THE LION CAME BACK TO LIFE
Panchatantra : WHO WILL BELL THE CAT
Panchatantra : WHY THE OWLS BECAME ENEMIES OF THE CROWS
Once, a camel got disorientated in the jungle while grazing and went astray. He tried hard to find his way out, but could not succeed.
In the meantime, these three friends of the lion saw the camel, wandering in a confused manner.
"He doesn't seem to come from our forest", said the jackal to his friends. "Let's kill and eat him."
"No", said the wolf. "It's a big animal. Let's go and inform our king, the lion."
"Yes, this is a good idea", said the crow. "We can have our share of flesh after the king kills the came. "Having decided upon this the three went to meet the lion.
"Your Majesty", said the jackal, "a camel from some other forest has entered into your kingdom without your permission. His body is full of delicious flesh. He may prove to be our best meal. Let's kill him".
Hearing the advice of his friends, the lion roared in anger and said, "What're you talking about? The camel has walked into my kingdom for the sake of his safety. We should give him shelter and not kill him. Go and bring him to me."
The three became very disheartened to hear the lion's words. But they were helpless. So having no alternative, they went to the camel and told him about the wishes of the lion who wanted to meet him and have dinner with him.
The camel was terribly frightened to learn the awkward proposal. Thinking that his last moment had arrived and soon he would be killed by the king of the forest, he resigned himself to the mercy of his fate and went to see the lion in his den.
However, the lion was very happy to see him. He talked to him sweetly and assured him of all the safety in the forest, so long as he stayed there. The camel was simply astonished and was very happy to hear the lion's words. He began living with the jackal, the wolf and the crow.
But once, bad luck struck the lion. One day, while he was hunting for food with his friends, he had a fight with a huge elephant. The fight was so fierce that all his three friends fled the spot in panic. The lion was' badly wounded in the fight. Although, he killed the elephant, but he himself became incapable of hunting for his food. Day after day, he had to go without food. His friends too had to starve for days together as they depended entirely on the lion's prey for their food. But the camel grazed around happily.
One day the three friends-the jackal, the wolf and the crow approached the lion and said, "Your Majesty, you're becoming weak day after day. We can't see you in this pitiable condition. Why don't you kill the camel and eat him?"
"No", roared the lion, "he is our guest. We can't kill him. Don't make such suggestions to me in future."
But the jackal, the wolf and the crow had set their evil eyes on the camel. They met together once again and hatched a plan to kill the camel.
They went to the camel and said, "My dear friend, you know our king has had nothing to eat for the last so many days. He cannot go hunting due to his wounds and physical infirmity. Under these circumstances, it becomes our duty to sacrifice ourselves to save the life of our king. Come, let us go to our king and offer our bodies for his food."
Innocent camel didn't understand their plot. He nodded and consented in favour of their proposal.
All the four reached the den of the lion. The jackal said to the lion, "Your Majesty, despite our best of efforts, we couldn't find a prey."
First, the crow came forward and offered himself for the noble cause.
"So, you can eat me and assuage your hunger", said the crow to the lion.
"Your body is too small", said the jackal. "How can the king assuage his hunger by eating you?"
The jackal offered his own body to the lion for food. He said, "Your Majesty, I offer myself. It's my solemn duty to save your life."
"No", said the wolf, "you too are too small to assuage the hunger of our King. I offer myself for this noble task. Kill me and eat me, Your Majesty," he said lying prostrate before the lion.
But the lion didn't kill any of them.
The camel was standing nearby and watching all that was going on there. He also decided to go forward and fulfil the formality.
He stepped forward and said, "Your Majesty, why not me! You're my friend. A friend in need is a friend indeed. Please kill me and eat my flesh to assuage your hunger."
The lion liked the camel's idea. Since, the camel himself had offered his body for food, his conscience won't prick and the jackal had already told the lion about the intense desire of the camel to sacrifice himself for the welfare of the king. He immediately pounced upon the camel and tore him into pieces. The lion and his friends had a good and sumptuous meal for days together.
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