The Brahmins and The Lion - Panchatantra Stories

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In a certain town, there lived four sons of Brahmins. They were great friends. Three of them were very well versed in the holy books, but lacking in common sense. The fourth was completely ignorant of but had good commonsense.

One day, these four friends had a discussion together. They said, ‘What is the good of scholarship, if you cannot impress kings in far off lands by it, or earn money with it? So let us travel eat?

“Accordingly, they set out. When they had covered some distance, the eldest of them said, ‘One of us has only commonsense and no scholarship. Now, no one earns the king s esteem by mere commonsense, so let us not give him any of our share of the profits. In fact, let him go home.’

‘The second Brahmin turned to the one with commonsense and said to him, "My friend, you are no scholar, so you had better go home.’

The third one said, We shouldn’t behave like this towards our friend. After all, we have grown up together and played games with one another since we were children. So let him come. What’s more, he should get his share of our earnings. “Finally, the others agreed and they all proceeded on their way.

After some time, they came to a jungle and found the bones of a lion lying there. Then one of them suggested, ‘Let s put our scholarship to test. Here lies a dead lion. We’ll see if we can bring him to life.’

One of them collected bones and made a skeleton of them. The second one put flesh and blood into it, covering it with skin. The Third one was on the point of putting the very life back into the lion.

Immediately the fourth restrained him, ‘Stop friend!’ he cried. ‘For goodness sake, don’t do that! Look here, if you bring this dead lion to life, he’ll kill us!’

But the third Brahmin shouted, You don’t think I am going to waste all my learning, after we’ve got so far, do you?

All right then, said the fellow with commonsense. ‘But just wait a minute, while climbing up this tree.’ He went up the tree at once.

The third Brahin brought the lion to life. The lion immediately killed three of them.

The one with the commonsense waited until the lion had gone, then he got down from the tree and went home.

Moral of The Story “And so,” continued Suvaranasiddhi, “that’s why I said, ‘Commonsense is superior to scholarship - The scholars who were devoid of commonsense, put life into the lion and died as a result.’ “They also say,” People well versed in the holy books but lacking in commonsense, become the object of ridicule, like the four learned fools.

“How was that?” asked Chakradhar. Suvaranasiddhi told this story.THE FOUR LEARNED FOOLS

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