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The Thief and the Brahmins | Panchatantra Story

This is a story about 4 Brahmins and another Thief who is also a Brahmin, from Panchatantra Collection.
One day those four Brahmins arrived in a town from a far-off place, to sell some crafts. They had a successful business and earned a handful of money. This is the same town where the Thief also lived. The thief got to know about the Brahmins and he started watching the brahmins making money. Soon he thought of a plan for stealing this money.

The Thief and the Brahmins | Panchatantra Story

The next day he approached the Brahmins as a friend and soon won their confidence by quoting eloquently from the Holy Scriptures. He requested them to appoint him as their helping hand, to which they agreed. Eventually, a day came, when the Brahmins had sold all their crafts. They have got quite a lot of money with them.

They decided that it would not be proper for them to travel with all the money. So, they purchased jewels with all the money that they had earned, thinking it is easy to hide and carry. They also knew that if they will take that jewels along with them, thieves will easily get that too. One of the brahmins came up with an idea. The idea was accepted by all so they cut open their thighs and hid the jewels inside. With the help of a special ointment, they healed their cuts.

In this manner, they concealed all their jewels. But, all this happened during the time that the thief was in service. So, he knew where they had hidden all their earnings. The thief wondered, "I have not got a chance to rob them till now. If I can accompany them when they travel homewards, I may be able to get a chance to steal them on the way. I can poison them on the way, and take away the precious jewels."

Later, when they started preparing to leave, the thief started weeping. He said, "Dear friends, the very thought of your departure makes me sad. After so many days that we have been together and shared a bond of love, I will be left all alone after you depart. Please take me along with you."

The Brahmins were moved by his emotions and decided to take him with them, and the five of them started the journey.

On their way, they were going through the jungle and were crossing an area controlled by a wild tribe. The chief of the tribe had a magical crow as his pet, who could foresee many things.

As they came near their place, the crow screamed, "Quick! They have treasure! Kill them and take their treasure!"

When the tribesmen heard this, they captured the five friends. They searched them and their belongings even removed their clothes but found nothing.

The chief said, "You certainly have some treasure with you. The crow has never been wrong before. Hand over your treasure to us, or we will kill you, as the crow suggests. You may have eaten the treasure, and we may have to cut open your stomachs to recover them. Tell us the truth."

The thief thought, "If they kill any of them, and search their bodies, they will recover jewels from the body. They will not believe me, and kill me too! They will not find any jewel, is another matter, but I will die anyway."

Thus, the Brahmin-thief made a firm resolution and said to the chief, "O Chief, you believe we have treasure hidden in our bodies. But it will be a mistake to kill all of us to pay for the crow's misunderstanding! I offer you myself. You may kill me, cut open my body to the very bones, and see if you find any treasure."

The chief agreed, and thus, the Brahmin-thief sacrificed himself. The tribesmen looked into every bit of his body but found nothing.

The chief was very confused; he believed that the crow must somehow have misunderstood. He humbly said to the remaining four Brahmins, "O travelers, it was a mistake to kill your friend, for he did not have any hidden treasure. I will not further my mistake by killing any of you. I release you from my captivity, please continue your journey."

In this manner, the four Brahmins, and the jewels were saved and continued their journey.

Moral:-

Dear Friends!!
"It is a saying, A Wise enemy is better than a foolish friend. The Brahmins enemy thief who was a disguise friend, changed his mind at the end to save the Brahmins. If you want to do good do not think about whether it's late or not, just do it. Doing good is 1000 times better than doing wrong. "

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Story By - Panchatantra Collections
Post By - Darpan

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