The Thief and the Brahmins

The Thief and the Brahmins Panchatantra Story

The Thief and the Brahmins

Moral of the story: Sometimes it’s better to have a clever enemy than a foolish friend.

Once upon a time, in a small village, there lived a group of friends. Among them was a man named Right-Mind who was very wise, and another named Wrong-Mind who was known to be a bit of a trickster. One day, they decided to go on a journey to another kingdom to earn some money.

They worked hard and were successful in their business. They earned a lot of money and decided to convert it into jewels for easy transport. To keep the jewels safe, they hid them inside their bodies.

However, Wrong-Mind had other plans. He knew where the jewels were hidden and thought of stealing them. So, he came up with a plan to travel back home with his friends, hoping to find an opportunity to take the jewels.

On their way home, they had to pass through a jungle that was home to a wild tribe. The chief of the tribe had a magical crow that could foresee things.

As they were passing through the jungle, the crow saw them and shouted, “Quick! They have treasure! Capture them and take their treasure!” Hearing this, the tribesmen captured the friends and searched them but found nothing.

The chief was confused. He believed his crow’s words and thought that the friends must have swallowed the jewels. So, he threatened them and asked them to hand over their treasure.

Wrong-Mind was scared. He knew that if any of his friends were killed, the tribesmen would find the jewels in their bodies. And then they wouldn’t believe him and would kill him too. So, he decided to sacrifice himself for his friends.

He told the chief that he could kill him and search his body for treasure. The chief agreed and Wrong-Mind bravely gave up his life. But when the tribesmen searched his body, they found nothing.

The chief realized that his crow must have been mistaken. He apologized to the remaining friends and let them go. In this way, thanks to Wrong-Mind’s sacrifice, his friends were saved and they could continue their journey with their jewels safe.

Moral of the story “The Thief and the Brahmins” is Sometimes it’s better to have a clever enemy than a foolish friend.

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