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Panchatantra: Lion, Leopard, Jackal, Crow And Camel — Effect Of Sweet & Wicked Company

 Everyone must value their own worth, if you believe whatever other say — you may end up in disaster. This is true, you are not others opinion about you. And not whatever the majority say is always true. Here is a great learning from this story.

A weak and sick camel was abandoned in a jungle. Fortunately it didn’t die, it gained health. In this jungle lived a lion with its followers: leopard, jackal and crow. As they were in the same jungle, once camel was confronted to the lion’s followers; they took it to the lion. The camel accepted the lion’s lordship, at which lion gave words for camel’s safety and security. Days passed, they lived peacefully, until lion got sick — it could not hunt and fed to its followers.

Lion said, “Many days have been passed since I didn’t not hunt and eat. Go and hunt something for me, otherwise I will die.” They went out and couldn’t find anything worth hunting, so jackal thought about killing the camel; and told this idea to the lion. Hearing those words, lion became angry ‘coz it had taken the camel in its protection. Jackal said, “If the camel offer itself in your feet, in this way you will not be known for injustice.” Lion kept silent, ‘coz it was dieing out of hunger pangs; silently it was agreed to the jackal’s words.

Jackal secretly met leopard and crow, they worked on a plan: each would offer itself to the lion’s feet, and rest two would save it. By watching us, camel would do the same and we would put it to death — thus all of us could find meat full of stomach.

In the evening, when they were all together. Crow offered its meat in the lion’s feet, but saved by jackal & leopard, they said, “A crow doesn’t have enough flesh in its body to satisfy anybody’s hunger.” Then as jackal offered its flesh in the lion feet, crow and leopard said, “jackal belongs to the lion’s clan, as it has sharp teeth and claws, so it isn’t good to kill member of one’s own clan.” And leopard was saved by the same words as it and crow had used for jackal.

Watching all this, camel thought to itself, it would be saved — so why not to offer its life in lion’s feet. And as it offered, jackal and leopard jumped to its back and tore it to pieces by the neck and the legs. The poor camel died at the moment.

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