Panchatantra Short Stories.
THE MICE THAT ATE BALANCE
Never try to deceive a friend
Once upon a time, there lived a wealthy merchant named Jveernadhana, in a village. He ran a big business. His village was situated near a river. Once, due to heavy rains the river was flooded. One night, the whole village was submerged in neck deep water. The crop, houses and factories in the village were destroyed and hundreds of people and cattle perished in the flood.
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
The merchant had to suffer heavy losses in his business. He decided to shift to some other town to try his luck. His plan was to earn a lot of money and then come back to his native village to start his business again.
Jveernadhana had a heavy iron balance lying with him. It belonged to his ancestors. It was not possible for him to carry such a heavy thing along with him. So, before starting on his journey, he decided to keep this ancestral item with his friend Janak. He met Janak and requested him, "My friend, as you know, I'm leaving for some distant place to earn money, so that I could start my business once again when I come back. I have an old iron balance with me. Will you please keep it safe with you till I return?"
Janak readily agreed to his friend's request and said, "Don't worry, I'll keep it safe for you. You can take it back after you return home."
Jveernadhana thanked Janak for his helping attitude. He kept the iron balance with Janak and left for some other distant town.
A few years passed by. By this time, Jveernadhana had done good business and had earned a lot of money. He returned to his native village, and went to his friend Janak's house to meet him. Janak showed his happiness in meeting Jveernadhana. Both the friends talked together for hours. When it was time to leave, Jveernadhana asked his friend to return his iron balance. At this, Janak looked sad and said, "Friend, I am sorry to say that I don't have your balance with me anymore. There are a lot of mice in my house. They ate up your balance."
Jveernadhana was surprised to hear Janak's explanation. 'How can mice eat iron,' he thought to himself, but apparently he said something different, "Don't feel sorry, Janak. The mice have always proved a menace to everyone. Let us forget about it."
"Yes," Janak said. "This is the only way out." He was happy that Jveernadhana believed his words. In fact he had expected a lot of heated arguments in this respect.
While taking leave from his friend, Jveernadhana said to Janak,"I'm going to temple to make an offering of laddoos. Could you please send your son with me. I would like to send some laddoos for you also. He would also look after my shoes outside the temple while I offer prayers inside."
Janak asked his son to go along with Jveernadhana. Then, Jveernadhana, instead, of taking Janak's son to temple, took him to a nearby hill and tied him with a big rock and came back home.
When Janak didn't see his son return, he asked Jveernadhana where his son was?
"I'm sorry," said Jveernadhana. "While your son was looking after my shoes outside the temple, a big vulture swooped down upon him and carried him away."
"What nonsense!" shouted Janak. "How can a vulture carry off a young boy?" But Jveernadhana repeatedly claimed that a vulture carried away Janak's son. The argument reached such a point that they began quarrelling with each other, using dirty words.
Ultimately the matter had to be taken to the court. The Judge listened to both the parties and ordered Jveernadhana to bring Janak's son to the court, otherwise, he would be sent to jail.
"My Lord", said Jveernadhana, "How can I, when a vulture has already carried away the boy."
"Shut up!" the judge reprimanded Jveernadhana. "How can a bird carry away a young boy in his talons?"
"It can, my lord," said Jveernadhana. "If mice can eat my iron balance, why can't a bird carry away a grown up boy." Then he narrated the whole story to the judge.
The judge then asked Janak to tell the truth. He warned him that if he didn't tell the truth he would be sent to prison. At last, Janak admitted his guilt. The judge ordered him to return the iron balance to Jveernadhana. He asked Jveernadhana to return the boy to Janak.
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