- The Crows And The Serpent
- The Cat, Partridge And The Hare
- The Gold Giving Serpent
- The Heron And The Crab
- The Day Dreaming Priest
- The Sage’s Daughter
- The Moon Lake
- The Bhrahmin And The Three Thugs
- The Giant And The Helpless Bhrahmin
- The Owls Became Enemies Of The Crows
- The Trader Dantila And The Sweeper Gorambha
- The King And The Parrots
- Town Visit Of A Village Mouse
- The Mongoose And The Baby In The Cradle
- The Hermit And The Jumping Rat
- The Thief, The Giant And The Bhrahmin
- The Fox And The Elephant
- The Hunter And The Doves
- The Stag And His Antlers
- The Lapwings And The Sea
- The Talkative Tortoise
- The Bird With Two Heads
- The Bhrahmin And The Diamonds
- The Cat, The Rat And The Hunter
- The Falcon And The Crow
- The Monkey And The Crocodile
- The Golden Bird And The King
- The Power Of Unity
- The Louse And The Bad Bug
- The Useful Thief
- The Dog In A Foreign Country
- The Little Mice And The Big Elephants
- The Bhrahmin And The Delicious Dishes
- Three Fish And The Fisherman
- The Visit Of The Swan
- The Golden Goat
- The Donkey Who Sang A Song
- The Lion And The Woodcutter
- Dharambuddhi And Paapbuddhi
- The Shepherd And The Wolf
- The Merchant’s Son
- The Donkey And The Leopard’s Skin
- The Mice That Ate Balance
- The Foolish Jackal
- The Wise Crab
- The Revenge Of The Elephant
- The Cunning Judge
- The Bullock And The Lion
- The Bad Lady And The Wolf
- The King Nanda And The Vararuchi
- The Dhobi’s Donkey
- The Fool And The Crooks
- The Peacock And The Fox
- The Marriage Of A Snake
- The Old Greedy Crane
- The Foolish Monkey And The King
- The Rotating Wheel
- Two Fish And A Frog
- The Clever Jackal
- The Frog And The Serpent
- The Fake King
- The Rabbits And The Elephants
- The Prince And The Seedling
- The Wind And The Sun
- The Bear And Golu And Molu
- King Chandra And The Monkey Chief
- The Four Friends And The Hunter
- The Cow And The Tiger
- Bhrahmadatta, The Crab and The Snake
- Beware Of Mean Friends
- The Donkey And The Cunning Fox
- The Crow And The Monkey
- When The Lion Came Back To Life
- The Devta And The Weaver
- The Potter’s Truth
- The Prince And The Bear
- The Monkey And The Log
- Somilaka The Weaver
- The Merchant And The Barber
- The Giant And The Horse Thief
- The Crow And The Water Pitcher
- The Four Foolish Bhrahmins
- The Rich Mohan And The Poor Sohan
- The Bats
- Who Will Bell The Cat?
- The Cunning Snake
- The Wolf And The Lamb
- The Old Wise Crow
- The Mouse And The Bull
- The Lioness And The Young Jackal
- The Camel With A Bell Round His Neck
- A Poor Bhrahmin’s Dream
- Death And Lord Indra’s Parrot
- The Lion And The Hare
- The King Cobra And The Ants
- The Bhrahmin And The Snake
- The Thief And The Sanyasi
- The Lion’s Bad Breath
- The Monkeys And The Red Berries
- The Jackal And The Arrow
- The Trick Of The Crow
There lived a lion in a dense forest. He had two good friends, a crow and a jackal. The lion hunted the whole day for his prey. And after assuaging his hunger, he gave the remaining food to his friends.
The jackal and the crow were very happy to eat free food. They ate their fill and lazed around since they did not have to exert themselves to earn their food.
In the same village, there lived a woodcutter and his wife. Both husband and wife went to the forest to collect wood and returned home after hours of hard work.
When they returned, the woodcutter’s wife cooked meals and they both ate sitting in front of their house.
Once the lion saw the woodcutter and his wife sitting outside the p house and eating tasty meals. He could get the smell of the food from quite a distance. He went near them.
The woodcutter and his wife,instead of running away from the spot, very courageously welcomed the lion and asked him to take a seat beside them.
The lion was surprised. He sat beside the couple and happily ate the meals offered by the woodcutter. The lion was very pleased to see the hospitality extended by them and he was all-the-more pleased to eat and enjoy cooked meals.
This was for the first time that he got the taste of cooked meals, otherwise he had always had raw meals in the past. While returning to the deep forest the lion thanked the woodcutter and his wife for the tasty food.
The woodcutter’s wife said to the lion, “You’re always welcome. Please do come everyday and share the food with us.”
Once again the lion was astonished. This kind of behavior was uncommon among them. The animals would never offer food to others; rather, they would snatch each other’s food and injure each other in the process.
The lion bowed before them with respect and went away. He took his lunch the next day also with the woodcutter’s family. Gradually, he forgot to hunt for his prey and became lazy.
This change in the lion’s habits was a matter of worry for his friends, the jackal and the crow. In fact, his friends had to go hungry as they no longer got the left-overs of the lion’s food.
They decided to find the reason behind the change in his friend’s attitude. So both of them decided to keep a watch on the lion’s activities.
One day, they saw the lion sitting beside the woodcutter and his wife and having a good meal. They decided to meet the lion on the spot.
But as soon as the woodcutter and his wife saw the jackal and the crow, they climbed up a nearby tall tree.
he lion came and said, “Why did you climb up to the tree? Why are you getting scared? I am your friend please come down.”
“No I will not.”, said the woodcutter “You promised me to come alone and now you have come with these cunning creatures. I am sure that they have misdirected you with their sweet-talks. They must have come with a bad intention I can’t trust them. They are clever and they can influence you to kill me. I can’t put my life in danger.”
When the lion, fox and crow went away, the woodcutter came down and went home.
Moral of the story is “Always beware of cunning people”.
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