Stories from Mitralabha (Gaining of Friends)
Panchatantra Stories – In the Mitralabha, the emphasis is laid on the importance of making new friends and also on choosing them wisely. Parents can use these stories to explain moral values to children. The stories from Mitralabha are a way to make kids understand what impact moral values have on their daily lives.
Enlisted are three stories from Mitralabha that you must read to your kids.
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Panchtantra Ki Kahaniya: The Foolish Weaver
Once upon a time, a weaver lived with his wife in the village. One day, he went to the jungle to get wood so that he could repair his loom. He could not believe his eyes when he saw a genie appear in front of him while he was chopping the tree. The genie requested the weaver to not cut his abode and in return offered to give anything that the weaver wanted. The weaver left the forest and went back home to discuss this with his wife. The dimwitted and greedy wife saw it as a golden opportunity. She told the weaver to ask the genie to give him an extra head and two extra hands so he can think more and work more.
On returning to the jungle, the weaver told him what his wish was. The genie granted the weaver’s wish immediately. The weaver happily walked back to the village, where people thought him to be a monster and sadly, beat him to death.
Lack of proper judgment can ruin a golden opportunity.
Panchtantra Ki Kahaniya: Four Friends and A Hunter
Once upon a time, there were four good friends- a deer, a turtle, a crow and a rat. They all lived happily in the jungle until one day when the deer was captured in the hunter’s net. The deer’s friends planned to rescue him when they saw him lying motionless on the ground.
The turtle distracted the hunter. This made the hunter run after him and leave the deer. Meanwhile, the crow sat on the deer’s body and started pecking him (as they do to a dead animal). The rat quickly chews open the net in order to free the deer. The crow picked up the turtle, saving him from the hunter.
This way, all the friends came to each other’s rescue and became each other’s heroes.
Teamwork can help achieve great results and overcome all obstacles.
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Panchtantra Ki Kahaniya: The Hermit and The Mouse
Once upon a time, there was a hermit who took care of a temple in a small village. He took alms and distributed it with people who helped him take care of the temple. There was a naughty mouse in the temple who kept stealing the hermit’s food. The mouse became a big problem for the hermit. The hermit tried hard to get rid of the mouse but all his attempts were futile. The mouse was on a run, he still continued stealing the food. The mouse made a stockpile of the food he stole and was able to climb up to the earthen pot hung from the roof.
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Desperate and distraught, the hermit asked his friend for a suggestion. The friend told the hermit that he should destroy the mouse’s stockpile. The hermit took his friend’s advice and burnt the stockpile after finding it. The mouse had nothing left to eat. This made forced the mouse to leave the temple. The mouse never returned to the temple.
Your friends are your best guide.
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