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 More than 2000 years ago, there was a kingdom in southern India named Mahilaropya. The Kingdom was ruled by king Amarshakti. Amarshakti had three sons, Bahushakti, Ugrashakti and Anantashakti.

King Amarshakti was a just and able king, well versed in the knowledge of society, economics and diplomacy, however his sons were complete idiots. They would never spend time studying and acquiring knowledge, instead they spent their entire time playing around and doing mischiefs. This worried the good king, for he wanted his children to be prepared to conduct the duties of running a kingdom without hassle. 

One day the king decided to discuss his worries among his ministers and asked for their advice. The king said, “My wise ministers, I am really worried about my children. They do not spend their time studying scriptures. I am worried that they are not prepared to run this kingdom after me. I urge you all to suggest a way out.”

One of the ministers said, “O King! The first twelve years are spent in learning grammar, after that Manu’s Dharmashastra, then Chanakya’s Arthashastra and in the end one learns Vatsyayana’s Kamashastra. It is after learning all four that one's knowledge is complete.” 

Hearing this the king replied, “Human life is very uncertain and learning all these scriptures and understanding them well will require a very long time. Isn’t there a faster way to gain all this knowledge? I want them to be prepared before I decide to handover this kingdom to them.”

At this point a minister named Sumati spoke, “There is a learned teacher by the name of Vishnusharma. He is wise and loved by his disciples. I suggest you hand over the responsibilities of your children to him. He is the only one capable of imparting knowledge to your kids in a short duration.”

Considering Sumati’s advice, the King invited Vishnusharma to his court and said, “O learned one! I need your help. I want you to educate my children and teach them about social, practical and political matters in a short time. If you do that I will reward you with 100 villages.” 

Vishnusharma heard the king patiently and replied, “O king! I am a teacher. I would not even know what to do with the reward of 100 villages. I do not have that kind of desire. However I will certainly take up the responsibility of educating your kids and if I fail to educate them appropriately in the next 6 months, I will happily accept any punishment you deem suitable.” 

Hearing these words from the learned teacher, the King became free of worries and he instructed his children to go with the teacher to his gurukul and study as per his instructions.

Vishnusharma brought those princes with him to his gurukul and started teaching them through interesting stories centered around animal characters. Vishnusharma divided his lessons into five parts. First part was about differences or conflicts among friends, the second part was choosing the right friend and forming relationships, the third part was about stories of crows and owls, the fourth part was about what to do in desperate situations and the fifth part was how to navigate in situations about which one does not have complete visibility. Thus Vishnusharma imparted social and practical knowledge to young princes through interesting stories.

These five chapters collectively became popular as Panchtantra and teach children basic knowledge about dealing with social situations and impart moral lessons. In this series we will be bringing out stories from Panchtantra with interesting visuals, which you can watch with your kids. 

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 More than 2000 years ago, there was a kingdom in southern India named Mahilaropya. The Kingdom was ruled by king Amarshakti. Amarshakti had three sons, Bahushakti, Ugrashakti and Anantashakti.

King Amarshakti was a just and able king, well versed in the knowledge of society, economics and diplomacy, however his sons were complete idiots. They would never spend time studying and acquiring knowledge, instead they spent their entire time playing around and doing mischiefs. This worried the good king, for he wanted his children to be prepared to conduct the duties of running a kingdom without hassle. 

One day the king decided to discuss his worries among his ministers and asked for their advice. The king said, “My wise ministers, I am really worried about my children. They do not spend their time studying scriptures. I am worried that they are not prepared to run this kingdom after me. I urge you all to suggest a way out.”

One of the ministers said, “O King! The first twelve years are spent in learning grammar, after that Manu’s Dharmashastra, then Chanakya’s Arthashastra and in the end one learns Vatsyayana’s Kamashastra. It is after learning all four that one's knowledge is complete.” 

Hearing this the king replied, “Human life is very uncertain and learning all these scriptures and understanding them well will require a very long time. Isn’t there a faster way to gain all this knowledge? I want them to be prepared before I decide to handover this kingdom to them.”

At this point a minister named Sumati spoke, “There is a learned teacher by the name of Vishnusharma. He is wise and loved by his disciples. I suggest you hand over the responsibilities of your children to him. He is the only one capable of imparting knowledge to your kids in a short duration.”

Considering Sumati’s advice, the King invited Vishnusharma to his court and said, “O learned one! I need your help. I want you to educate my children and teach them about social, practical and political matters in a short time. If you do that I will reward you with 100 villages.” 

Vishnusharma heard the king patiently and replied, “O king! I am a teacher. I would not even know what to do with the reward of 100 villages. I do not have that kind of desire. However I will certainly take up the responsibility of educating your kids and if I fail to educate them appropriately in the next 6 months, I will happily accept any punishment you deem suitable.” 

Hearing these words from the learned teacher, the King became free of worries and he instructed his children to go with the teacher to his gurukul and study as per his instructions.

Vishnusharma brought those princes with him to his gurukul and started teaching them through interesting stories centered around animal characters. Vishnusharma divided his lessons into five parts. First part was about differences or conflicts among friends, the second part was choosing the right friend and forming relationships, the third part was about stories of crows and owls, the fourth part was about what to do in desperate situations and the fifth part was how to navigate in situations about which one does not have complete visibility. Thus Vishnusharma imparted social and practical knowledge to young princes through interesting stories.

These five chapters collectively became popular as Panchtantra and teach children basic knowledge about dealing with social situations and impart moral lessons. In this series we will be bringing out stories from Panchtantra with interesting visuals, which you can watch with your kids. 

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    • 1 hr 2 min
    The Saint and the Rat

    The Saint and the Rat

    That is, on the wishes of the Creator and even after working hard, one can never get more than one's fortune.

    In the region of South India, there was an abbey of Bhagwan Shankar outside the city Mahilaropya, where a monk named Tamrachud used to earn his living by asking for alms from the city. He used to fill his hunger by eating half of the collected  alms and tied the other half in a bundle and hung it on a hook. He used to give that saved alms to the people who cleaned the monastery as their salary. In this way, the maintenance of that monastery was done well.

     

    One day, rats living around the monastery said to a mouse named Hiranyaka who lived in the monastery, “We wander here and there to satisfy our hunger, while delicious food is tied in a bundle hanging on a hook. We are not able to reach that hook even after trying. Why don't you help us with something?"

    Hearing the words of his companions, Hiranyaka reached the monastery with them. He took a high jump. He himself ate the food kept in the bundle and also fed it to his companions. Now this started to happen every day. Due to this, the sanitation workers stopped working as they were not getting their salary and the saint got upset. The  sage  tried his best to stop Hiranyaka, but as soon as he slept, Hiranyaka used to engage in this work. Suddenly, Tamrachud brought a torn bamboo and started banging  that bamboo on the ground before sleeping to keep Hiranyaka away from the begging bowl. Fearing the attack of bamboo, Hiranyaka used to run away without eating any food. In this way, the whole night the sage  and Hiranyaka spent evading each other.
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    • 8 min
    Covetous jackal

    Covetous jackal

    शिथिलौ च सुबद्धौ च पततः पततो ना वा। 

    निरीक्षितौ मया भद्रे दश वर्षाणि पक्ष च॥a

     

    That is, one gets as much as it is written in his fate, look how the jackal had to wander for fifteen years in the hope of killing the bull alone.

     

    In a forest, there lived a bull named Tekshnasringa, he got intoxicated with his power, got separated from his herd and used to roam alone. He ate green grass, drank cold water and used to play with his sharp horns. A covetous jackal also lived with his wife in the same forest. Seeing the bull who had come to drink water on the bank of the river, his wife said, "How long will this lone bull be able to live? Go, you chase this bull. Now we will get some good meat to eat.

    The jackal said, "Hey, let me sit here. Both of us will satisfy our hunger by eating the rats that come to drink water. It is foolish to run after what we cannot get."

    The wife of the jackal said, “You seem lazy, that is why you are satisfied with only a few things you get from luck. If you leave your laziness and follow this bull with full focus, then you will surely get success. Even if you don't go, I'm going."

     

     
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    • 4 min
    Tailor's money

    Tailor's money

    That is, some people earn money, but they are not able to use it. Somilak also reached the forest, but he could not take any advantage of it.

     

    अर्थस्योपार्जनं कृत्वा नैव भोगं समश्नुते। 

    अरण्यं महदासाद्य मूढः सोमिलको यथा॥

    A tailor named Somilak, who lived in a town, was a respected and well known artist. He used to stitch fine clothes for the kings, but still he could not earn as much money as ordinary tailors. Distressed by his financial condition, one day Somilak said to his wife, "“ear! What kind of game is being played by God that even ordinary weavers earn more than me. I think maybe this place is not right for me, so I want to try my luck by going to some other place.”

    Somilak's wife said, “You are not right to think like this. Even if you go to Meru parvat, even if you start living in the desert. Wherever you go, if you do not use the money you have accumulated, then the money earned will also go away. That's why I say that you keep doing your business by staying here."

     

    The artisan said, "Dear! I do not agree with your view. Anyone can change their destiny by working hard. That's why I will definitely go to another place."

     

    Thinking of this, Somilak went to another city and started working efficiently and in no time he earned three hundred gold coins. Then he took those gold coins and went towards his house. As the sun was setting, he slept on a tree branch to avoid wild animals. In the middle of the night, he heard two people known as  Bhagya and Purushartha speak.

    Bhagya said to Purushartha, "When you know that not much money has been written in the fate of this tailor, then why did you give him three hundred gold coins?"

    Purushartha replied, "I had to give him the fruits of his labor, the rest is up to you."

     

    On hearing this, the tailor woke up and took his bag, which was by then  empty. Seeing this, he started crying. Not considering it appropriate to go home empty-handed, he again returned to his work and started working hard again.

    Having collected five hundred gold coins in a year, he again went to his home one day. This time, even after sunset, he did not think it proper to stop or sleep and kept on moving.
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    • 7 min
    The Greedy Jackal

    The Greedy Jackal

    Once upon a time, a hunter went hunting in a dense forest. Then his eyes fell on a black, fati wild boar. The hunter attacked the boar with his arrow. The injured boar also turned an dthrusteded his horns into the hunter's chest. In this way, the wild boar died due to the arrow

    and the hunter also died due to the horn of the boar.

    In the meantime, a jackal, tortured by hunger, came there. As he saw two dead beings, it

    applauded its fate and said, "Looks like God is pleased with me today. That's why I found so

    much food without wandering." The jackal thought that I should use this food in such a way

    that it could last for a long time so I don't have to go in search of food now and then.

    Therefore, today, I should make do by eating only the string attached to the bow of the

    hunter.

    Thinking of this, the jackal started chewing the string of the bow. But as soon as the string

    broke, the upper part of the bow hit the jackal's chest so fast that it squeaked and fell and

    lost its life.
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    • 3 min
    Brahmini and black sesame

    Brahmini and black sesame

    That is, if Shandali wants to take black sesame by giving her washed sesame seeds, then there must be some reason behind it.

     

    A Brahmin lived in a town. One morning the Brahmin told his wife that today is Dakshinayan Sankranti and any donation done today will have a good result. I am leaving with this hope. You must also feed a Brahmin today. Hearing this, the Brahmani said, “Aren't you ashamed to say all this? What is kept in this poor house that I should feed someone? Neither do we have any good clothes to wear, nor do we have any gold or silver. How can we donate anything to anyone!”

     

     

    Hearing the harsh words of the wife, the brahmin said, “It is not proper for you to say all this. No one has got the money till date. True charity is to give a little out of what we have to the needy."

     

    On such persuasion of her husband, the brahmin said, “Okay. There are few sesame seeds kept in the house, I take off their skins and I will feed them to a Brahmin.”

     

    As soon as he got assurance from his wife, the Brahmin went to another village to collect donations. Here Brahmani crushed, washed the sesame seeds and kept them in the sun to dry. Then a dog urinated on the sesame seeds that were drying in the sun. The Brahmani thought that we have nothing and the flour is now wet. Now by giving my washed sesame seeds to someone, I will try to get unwashed sesame seeds.

     
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    • 5 min

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