Panchatantra

Dantila and Gorambha

Read the previous part here… Due to his arrogance, he who disrespects persons who occupy the highest, the lowest and mid-level positions in the employment of the king, loses his respect and high position much like Dantila. Sanjeevaka said – “How is that so?” Damanaka replied… दन्तिलगोरंभयोर्कथा (The Story of Dantila and Gorambha) “There is a …

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of negotiations…

Read the previous part here… “And so, you remain here for now; let me go back and wait for the right moment to take you there.”  Sanjeevaka agreed and waited there, while Damanaka strutted back to the king… Pingalaka saw Damanaka rushing back to him, taking hurried strides and looking excited. “Master!” he exclaimed as …

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Step one…complete!

Read the previous part here… Damanaka took a deep breath, and said – “Yes, I saw it by the grace of your highness.” Pingalaka wasn’t’t convinced, he asked again – “Did you really see that creature??” Damanaka was patient. “Can a lie be uttered in the presence of your highness? It is said…” अपि स्वल्पम् …

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The fox and the drum…

Read the previous part here… I thought so in the beginning that this was filled with flesh, but after entering it I understood it to be just leather and wood.” Pingalaka looked astonished- “How did that happen?” Damanaka explained… शृगालदुन्धुभिकथा THE STORY OF THE FOX AND THE DRUM “Once, a fox named Gomāyu was wandering …

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Of good servants…

Read the previous part here… Just as the sun, despite being lustrous, cannot shine without its rays, similarly, a king, even though he may be full of majesty, cannot be appreciated without capable servants. राजा तुष्टो हि भृत्यानाम् अर्थ-मात्रं प्रयच्छति ।ते तु संमान-मात्रेण प्राणैर् अप्य् उपकुर्वते ॥ ९१ ॥ rājā tuṣṭo hi bhṛtyānām artha-mātraṃ prayacchati |te …

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