First Strategy: The loss of friends

Following is the highlights of these stories, please click on the story name to read in detail.

The Loss of Friends

The Monkey and The Wedge

  • It is not wise to poke our nose into affairs that are not our concern.

The Jackal and The Drum

  • Great men do not harm weaker people. They take on only their equals.
  • That is what is unique about brave people.

The Fall and Rise of A Merchant

  • Elders have always held that even if the king is not willing to heed good advice, it is the duty of his ministers to offer him advice.

The Foolish Sage and The Jackal

  • When time and tide are against you, don't give up. Wise men keep on trying till they succeed in getting what they want. The Goddess of Wealth favours the man who persists. Pray God by all means, but put in your own effort. Even if you don't succeed, you will be free of blame.

The Crafty Crane and The Craftier Crab

  • He who is wise is stronger than the strong.

The Cunning Hare and The Witless Lion

  • Friendship and gold are the rewards of war. Wise men do not go to war unless there are gains.
  • You have to crush the enemy and disease at the first opportunity? Otherwise, they will grow in strength and crush you.
  • Even without asking, offer good advice to him whom you want to protect from indignity.
  • You should not make friends with people you do not know.

The Bug and The Poor Flea

  • The Bug and The Poor Flea: It is not proper for you to ask a guest to leave even if he is a wicked person. You must welcome him, ask him about his health, say words that comfort him and request him to take rest. That is how good hosts treat their guests.

The Story of The Blue Jackal

  • Do not to trust him whose conduct, caste and courage are not known. He who abandons his own folk will perish.

The Camel, The Jackal and The Crow

  • You shall not kill someone who came seeking hospitality. According to our elders, you cannot kill even an enemy who came trusting you. He who kills so commits the sin of killing hundred Brahmins.
  • No gift of land or cow or food is greater than the gift of an assurance?

The Bird Pair and The Sea

  • All good men should come to the rescue of friends and relatives in times of need. Those who do not heed the advice of their well-wishers meet their end very bad.

Tale of The Three Fish

  • Any day, the survivors are those who foresee a danger in time and those who deal with it when it comes. Those who leave things to fate and believe in luck will destroy themselves.

The Elephant and The Sparrow

  • He is a friend who comes to your aid when you are in need. Everyone tries to be friendly when you are prospering.

The Lion and The Jackal

  • One should not preach to one who is not a disciple. The learned have said there is nothing impossible or forbidden for an intelligent being.

Suchimukha and The Monkey

  • He who cherishes his welfare should not talk to a gambler or an inefficient workman. So is the person a fool who talks to an idiot or a pleasure seeker.
  • If you counsel a fool it will only provoke him and not pacify.
  • If you feed milk to a snake it will increase its store of poison. That's why you should not offer advice to everyone.

How a Sparrow Came to Grief

You should offer advice to those who seek it and cherish it? Advice to him who is indifferent is like a cry in the wilderness. Don't try to do that.

The Foolish Crane and The Mongoose

  • If you want to wipe out your enemy your words should be soft like butter and your heart like a stone. if you have a strategy, you must also know what the strategy would lead to.
  • Papabuddhi considered only the crooked plan but not what would follow. He reaped the consequences.

The King and The Foolish Monkey

  • A king who cares for his life should not have a fool as his servant.
The Loss of Friends