When the teachers failed to impart knowledge to the
frivolour princes, Pandit Vishnu Sharma promised the king that he could put
sense into them through moral stories. He did it and the princes became astute
That is the background of the creation of Panchatantra. It proves
that the teacher knew the basic principles of education and was well versed with
child psychology. He taught the princes wisdom and common sense through a
series of engaging stories featuring birds and animals which later became
famous all over the world. The stories make several volumes. The stories became
an inspiration and the models fro thousand of other stories created later
The stories are simple but the message is sublime and they touch the
heart in a very natural way.
When the herd the elephants would pass that way
thousands of rats would get crushed under their hooves.
The king of rats
requested to the king of elephants to change his route. He said that may be some
day he would be about to pay back kindness in some way if he was
The elephant king obliged and changed the route of his herd.
Some time later, the hunters laid traps for elephants. The king elephant got
trapped. The king rat heard the cry and realized that ht elephant was in trouble.
He gathered his rat army and raced to the trapped elephant king. They gnawed
away the ropes of ths trap and greed the elephants.
Don't ignore someone
because of his size. No one knows when you will require the help of whom.
Living is an art. One who knows how to live never faces any
defeat in life. For him a defeat becomes a rung of the ladder of success. The
philosophy of life is to know the basic rulers and prepare one to face adverse
conditions and situations. That is why for a worldly wise one the word impossible
is meaningless. Fate is the alibi of cowards and idlers.
One ancestors were
masters in simplifying a complex matter. Panchatantra is the best example of it.
They devised a simple way of explaining the complicated situations through the
stories of animals and birds. The stories are endearingly simple yet they reveal a
great philosophical depth. That is their real beauty.
Whatever wisdom the
stories pass on to the listeners or the readers enables them to apply it in their
own lives in similar situations. Then, one really appreciates the value of these
These fascinating stories click into the minds of the young readers
and educate them while entertaining. The adults also find them as interesting and
educative as they were when they read them in their childhood.
stories are truly for ever and for all.
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