Kalila and Dimna is a book containing a collection of fables. It was translated into Arabic in the Abbasid age specifically in the second hijri century (the eighth. Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford (Source). Kalila and Dimna was originally written in Sanskrit, probably in Kashmir, some time in the fourth century CE. on Kalila wa Dimna says: 'The book was. intended to instruct princes in the laws of polity by means of animal-fables composed in.
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A compilation of parables written in Sanskrit, the work was initially attributed to a fourth-century Kashmiri Vishnuite Brahman, then to an Indian sage named Bidpai or Pilpay. The work was immensely popular, giving rise to several translations. He did not, however, use the form of the Indian text, preferring that of the Aesopic fable . The tales are grouped together in chapters, which form a coherent whole thanks to a narrative structure featuring dialogue. Each chapter opens with a question from the Indian sovereign Dablishim to the adviser, philosopher and legendary auteur Bilpai, about the consequences of an action, which is then explained in a story with animals for protagonists; the main characters are two jackals named Kalila and Dimna. Each story ends with a moral. The text of Kalila wa Dimna was one of the first to be illustrated in the Arab world.
The turtle waited for the monkey to return, but he did not, so he called up to the monkey to come down from the tree with his heart so they could return.
The monkey scolded the turtle for his plan and his stupidity. Sub-story one - The lion and the donkey - Told by the monkey to the turtle while scolding him for his stupidity in believing that the monkey could detach his heart. There was once a lion who had a jackal companion who would feed off his leftovers.
However one day the lion contracted scabies and became too weak to hunt. The jackal concerned for the lion and his own well being asked the lion what could be done. The lion told him that the doctors say the only cure is the ears and heart of a donkey. The jackal, assuming the task to be simple, approached a captured donkey and offered it freedom from man if it followed him home, where the jackal claimed lived many other wild donkeys. The donkey readily followed the jackal to the lion, but the lion was too weak to attack it, frightened, the donkey ran away.
The lion promised the jackal that if he had one more chance he would be able to attack the donkey and kill it. The jackal called the donkey back, claiming that the other donkeys wanted to welcome him. When the donkey returned, the lion pounced and caught the donkey. However the lion claimed that the doctors said one must eat the heart and ears after bathing. So while the lion went to bathe, the jackal ate the heart and ears of the donkey. When the lion returned and enquired about the heart and the ears, the jackal said that such a donkey that returned after being attacked once, obviously had no heart or ears, otherwise it would have used them the first time and not returned!
There was once a couple who had no children, when one day the wife became pregnant. The couple were overjoyed and the father, a pious man, desired for a son. The wife gave birth to a son, and the father was delighted. One day the wife had to go for a bath, and so told the husband to watch the child. While she was gone, a messenger from the king came and summoned the father immediately.
The pious man had nobody to take care of the baby while he was away, except for a domestic pet weasel, who he had raised from when he was a child. The man left the baby with the weasel and went to the king. When the man returned he found the weasel with his mouth covered in blood. In a fit of rage, assuming that the weasel had killed his precious baby, he whacked the weasel on the head with a stick and killed it.
However after entering the house, he found the child was alive and safe, and saw a dead black snake next to the cot, that had been attacked and killed by the weasel. Realisation struck the man, that his best friend, the weasel, had protected his child from the snake, and that the blood was the blood of the snake.
The man became consumed with grief over his hasty decision to kill the weasel. The wife returned and told the husband that this was the price of hastiness.
Sub-story one - The pious man, the fat and the honey - Told by the wife to the husband not to tempt fate by declaring the unborn baby a boy, as it is something beyond his knowledge.
There was once a pious man who would pass by the house of a businessman, who would daily give the pious man some fat and honey to eat. The pious man would eat his daily needs and store the rest in a jar which he hung in the corner of his house. One day, when the jar became full the pious man lay down thinking about his future.
He planned to sell the jar for a dinar gold coin and then use the dinar to download some goats, which would reproduce and multiply into a herd of goats. After that, he would trade the goats for a herd of cows and download land for them to graze on and he would use their milk. Then he planned on building a grand house on the land and downloading many slaves, male and female.
He planned his marriage to a beautiful lady, who would birth him many sons, who he would raise nobly and reprimand with his staff if they went out of line. While planning this he motioned his staff in a hitting motion but accidently hit the jar of honey and fat, causing it to fall and break. There was once a tree whose hollow trunk was home to a cat and its base was home to the burrow of a rat. Many hunters often passed the tree and laid their nets nearby, one day the cat got caught in a net while exiting his home.
The same day, the rat left his home in search of his daily needs, when suddenly he was faced with a weasel intent on eating him, and an owl behind him ready to swoop down and catch him. The rat decided that his only escape was to approach the trapped cat. The rat offered to free the cat and cut the ropes of the net in exchange for security.
The cat readily accepted, but the rat was still wary of the cat and so promised to keep one rope still attached until he was sure he was safe. The rat continued his daily searches for food but still kept his distance from the cat.
The cat tried to call him in an attempt to reward him for freeing him, but the rat stayed cautious and would not approach the cat. There was once an Indian king called Breedun who had a pet bird called Fanzah. Fanzah had a chick and the queen gave birth to a prince.
The prince and the chick grew up together as friends. The boy, enraged, grabbed the chick and threw it to the floor, killing it. When Fanzah returned, she cried out in despair, gouged out the eyes of the prince, flew away and landed on the roof of the palace. When the king found out, he was incensed. The king went to talk to Fanzah, calling her down, claiming she was safe as the prince deserved his punishment. However Fanzah refused, as she knew the rage of someone seeking revenge and knew the king would kill her; so she bid the king farewell and flew away.
There was once a pious jackal who, unlike his fellow brethren and predators, would not spill blood, eat meat or envy his fellows.
His brethren disliked him but his fame reached the king of the jungle, the lion, who asked him to be part of his inner council. The jackal politely declined as he believed being involved in such affairs would only bring trouble. However, the lion insisted and the jackal accepted on the condition that if any case regarding the jackal was brought to the lion, he would not be hasty in his judgement. The lion appointed the jackal responsible for the treasury department.
The lion loved meat and gave a large portion to the jackal to store. The next day when the lion asked for the meat, it did not arrive. He was told by his advisors that the jackal had taken it. Upon summoning the jackal, the jackal claimed he had given the meat to the appointed food person to give to the king.
The appointed food person denied ever receiving the meat. The lion then summoned the jackal to defend his own case, but the other ministers sent a rude false reply back to the king, infuriating him. The king in his rage issued the execution of the jackal. The mother suspected the other ministers and soon enough they came forward and confessed to their deception. The mother encouraged the lion to forgive and show grace to those who plotted against the jackal, as they would never dare to do anything similar again.
She also instructed him to reconcile with the jackal and reinstate him. The jackal talked to the lion and at first did not want to return, but the lion convinced him to and honoured him even more when he did. There was once a king called, Baladh. One night, he saw eight dreams that frightened him, so he called the monks to interpret the dreams.
The monks said they would return with the interpretation in a week. The monks hated the king, for he had killed twelve thousand monks. The monks plotted to tell the king that the dreams meant he had to kill those whom he loved and cared for the most, then bathe in their blood and be spat on by the monks, before being washed by perfume in order to avoid a terrible fate.
They told the king he must kill his wife Irakht, his child Juwayr, his nephew, his close friend Iladh, his scribe and secret keeper Kaal, his great white elephant, his battle horse, two other great elephants, his fast strong Bactrian camel and the wiseman Kabariyoon, who was responsible for the death of the monks. The king retreated to his quarters in sorrow and grief. Iladh realised that the king was hiding something and so told Irakht to approach the king and find out what was troubling him, as he had seen the king with some monks and feared they may have said something to him.
Irakht approached her husband and he told her of the interpretation of the dream given by the monks. Irakht was frightened but knew of the monks hatred for the king and so comforted the king and told him to ask Kabariyoon for the correct interpretation. Kabariyoon told the king that it meant in one week he would receive amazing gifts.
And so it transpired that a week later the king received amazing gifts. Overjoyed the king called his two wives Irakht and Hawraqnah to pick what they wanted from the gifts. Irakht picked a wreath and Hawraqanah picked a dress. The king would alternate his nights between his wives, one night, while with Irakht, Hawraqnah wore the shimmering beautiful dress and purposefully walked past the king. The king, transfixed and in love, scolded Irakht for choosing the wreath over the dress. Irakht angered by the criticism, struck her husband on the head with a plate.
The king, shocked, called for Iladh and told him to execute his wife Irakht. Iladh knew that the king had issued the order in anger and would cool down and regret it later, so he took Irakht and hid her in a hut, he then returned to the king with a bloodied sword and told him he had killed her.
The king, now calm and collected, regretted his decision and was in deep sorrow. He proclaimed his love for Irakht openly and his remorse. Iladh then approached the king and told him that Irakht was still alive. The king was overjoyed and welcomed her back and raised her and Iladh in status.
The king then executed the monks who had tried to deceive him, thereby gaining closure from his dreams. There was once a pigeon couple, and they filled their nest with barley and wheat grain. They made a pact not to eat from the grain until winter, when there would be no food available elsewhere. When summer came, the moist grain dried up and shrunk in size.
Then, when it rained and the grain grew in size, the male realised his mistake and he became engulfed in grief and remorse. He then stopped eating and drinking until he died. There was once a lioness who had two cubs.
One day, she left her cubs in their cave and went hunting. During this time, a horseman rode past the caves and killed the cubs and took their pelts.
When the lioness returned and saw what had been done to her children, she shrieked and roared in grief. A neighbouring jackal visited her and told her that she had had it coming as what goes around comes around. The lioness distressed and confused asked the jackal to explain. The lioness upon hearing this, changed her ways and became a vegetarian and would only eat fruits and would spend most of her day in worship.
One day, two doves approached her and scolded her for eating all the fruit, as she was the cause of a fruit shortage, which was depriving many animals of their daily food. The lioness profusely apologised and from that day on only ate grass and plants. Once upon a time in the city of Badoor, there lived a rat king, who ruled over all the rats in the city. Rudhbadh said that one cannot change what they have genetically inherited from their ancestors.
He suggested that the king consult the advisors for solutions. One suggested to tie bells to all the cats so that the rats were warned of their presence. The third, Rudhbadh, suggested that the king should instruct all the rats to split into groups and infiltrate the homes with cats. Then the rats should damage the clothes and furnishings of the house but leave the food, that way the people will assume that the damage is due to the cats.
The rats should also damage according to how many cats lived in the house, the more cats the more damage. This would result in the populace killing all the cats and even removing the cats in the wild, to save their homes.
The rats carried out this plan and therefore successfully caused the extermination of all the cats in the city and sowed the hatred of cats within the population for generations, so that no cat could live in Badoor ever again. There was once a king, who ruled near the Nile. In his kingdom lay a mountain full of lush greenery, trees and many animals. Near this tunnel was a marvellous palace, unrivalled in its brilliance.
The advisors believed it may be impossible, but the king ordered all the people of the area to gather and block the hole with rocks, wood and soil. After much toil and effort the people succeeded in blocking the hole. However, this prevented the breeze and gales from the hole spreading, thus causing the trees and water to dry up. Six months had not passed and all the springs and crops had dried up, all the animals had died and a barren wasteland was left for hundreds of miles.
Many people died and those who remained marched on the king and killed him and his advisors. The revolters then went to the hole and set fire to the wood that was blocking it to let the air out. Once slightly opened, the six months worth of trapped air burst out of the hole, taking the large fire with it and spreading it to all corners of the kingdom. Not one city, town or tree escaped the carnage of the fire. One day the donkey saw a deer with its magnificent antlers being lead by its owner to a nearby stream, the donkey deeply wished to have antlers.
So the next day, he broke out of captivity and followed the deer to the stream and tried to converse with it. However, the deer did not understand donkey talk. The donkey was convinced that it was the presence of the owner that was preventing them from conversing, so he attacked and bit the owner. The owner of the deer wanted to mark the donkey so he could find it later, so he sliced its ears off. The donkey, in pain, returned to its master, who was furious that it had ran off, and received a worse punishment than having its ears sliced, from his own master.
The donkey realised that such desires were foolish and pursuing them only ended badly. Story Twelve - The one who leaves what is suitable for him in a forever exhausting and impossible search of the unsuitable. There was once a pious man who served a guest of his some local dates.
The foreign guest really liked the dates and wanted to know how he could plant and grow the dates in his city. The pious man told him that his city already had many fruits, so there was no need to plant dates there.
It would be an unnecessary burden and it may not even work, as your land may not be suitable for its growth. So the guest decided to drop the subject. The pious man spoke hebrew and the guest wanted to also learn the language. The guest tried to learn the language and spent many days doing so. Sub-story one - The crow and the partridge - Told by the pious man to the guest to convince him not to focus completely on hebrew. There was once a crow who saw a partridge walking.
The crow was intrigued by the walking style of the partridge and spent a long time trying to copy it. However, he could not succeed and so gave up. But when he tried to walk like a crow again, he could not do it properly and so he gained the worse walk of any bird. Once there was a tourist who passed by a well, wherein a jeweller, a monkey, a snake and a tiger had got stuck.
The tourist decided to help them out of good will. First the monkey came out, then the snake, then the tiger, all three told the man not to help the jeweller, as humans are the most ungrateful beings. However, the tourist ignored them and helped the jeweller out as well. The three animals told the tourist that if he ever needs any help while passing by their homes he should just call and they would answer. The jeweller told the tourist that if he ever went to the city Nawadirakht, he should seek him out and he may be able to return the favour.
After some time had passed, by chance the tourist had to visit that city. As he approached, the monkey appeared and gifted him a juicy fruit, which he ate thankfully. Then, as he came to the door of the city, the tiger approached him and promised to repay him. The tiger went to one of the palace gardens, killed the princess and took her necklace, giving it to the tourist without telling him of its origin. The tourist, very happy by the treatment received from the animals, intended on approaching the jeweller.
When the jeweller saw him, he welcomed him in and sat him down. The tourist was found with the necklace and promptly arrested. It was judged that he be punished and walked around the city and then crucified. While they were doing this, the tourist cried out in anguish how he should have listened to the three animals and not saved the man. The snake heard this and bit the prince, poisoning him such that none of the doctors could cure him.
The snake then asked his djinn friend to make the prince believe that the only cure was if the tourist read an incantation over him, as they had wrongly punished him. The snake then entered the tourists cell and gave him a leaf which was the cure to his own poison and told the tourist to tell the prince his story and he should be freed.
When the tourist was summoned, he fed the leaf to the prince, curing him. The king gifted the tourist immensely and upon hearing his story had the jeweller crucified for his lies and ungratefulness. There was once a group of four, a son of a king, a son of a businessman, a handsome son of a nobleman and a son of a farmer.
The group was in need and had nothing but the clothes on their backs. The next day the son of the nobleman went into the city and sat down under a tree and fell asleep. A city nobleman passed by and astonished by the beauty of the young man realised it to be the genetics of a noble household.
Feeling sympathy for the boy he gifted him five hundred dirhams.
The businessmen of the city had gathered and planned to return later to download it at a reduced price. The boy approached the fisherman and bought all the fish on credit for one hundred thousand dirhams. He then went about spreading the news that he planned on taking all the fish to another city. The businessmen in a panic rushed to download from him and the boy made a profit of one hundred thousand dirhams.
The next day the prince was sent into the city. The prince sat by the gates of the city and waited. It so transpired that that day the king had died and left no heir. The gatekeeper then arrested the prince and put him in jail. The next day when the city gathered to appoint a new leader, the gatekeeper told them of the strange boy near the gates the previous day.
The prince was summoned and told the people of his ancestry and lineage and how his brother had usurped the throne after their father's demise, so he had fled the city. The people then decided to appoint the prince as their new leader. The new king then summoned his companions and appointed the intelligent one as a minister and made the hardworking one a farmer.
He then gave the handsome one a large sum of money to be rid of him. The king then gathered his advisors and talked to them regarding the importance of having faith and believing in God and fate. One advisor told the king of his own personal experience of fate. The advisor used to work for a nobleman who would pay him two dinars.
One day, the advisor took the two dinars and went to the market with the intention of giving one in charity and keeping the other. He saw a man selling two captured hoopoe birds who were a couple. The man would only sell both of them together and only for the full price of two dinars.
The advisor, intent on carrying out his deed, gave up bargaining and downloadd the two malnutritioned birds for two dinars. He then released them in a lush garden full of fruit trees. The hoopoe birds decided to tell the advisor of a bag full of gold coins, hidden in a tree.
The advisor took the bag and indeed it was full of gold coins. The advisor praised God for his turn in fortune. There was once a pigeon who made a nest in a tree and laid an egg in it. When the egg was ready to hatch, a fox came to the foot of the tree and demanded that the pigeon give him the newborn chick to eat. This continued for the next egg too. One day a heron passed by the pigeon and advised it to challenge the fox to climb the tree and take the eggs himself.
The fox, stumped, asked the pigeon where it learnt such a retort. The pigeon informed the fox of her teacher the heron. The fox approached the heron, who had nested near the river. The fox asked the heron to show him how it could tuck its head under its wing. Sub-story five - The crow and the serpent - Told by Dimnah to Kalila, defending his ability to take on the mighty ox with wit, despite his small frame.
Sub-story six - The Rabbit and the Lion - Told by Dimnah to Kalila, defending his ability to take down the Ox, after Kalila deemed him unfit for the job. Sub-story ten - The sea bird and the sea agent - Told by Dimnah to Shatrabah, while proving his point that a person should not underestimate a weak opponent. Sub-story one - The mouse and the house of the pious man - Told by the mouse to the bird, while travelling to the jungle.
Sub-story four - The pious man, the mouse and the rat - Told by the owl advisor, who wanted to kill the crow, to the crow, to show that you cannot change who you truly are. Sub-story five - The snake and the frog - Told by the crow spy to the crow king, when asked how he endured staying amongst the enemy for so long. Sub-story one - The lion and the donkey - Told by the monkey to the turtle, while scolding him for his stupidity in believing that the monkey could detach his heart.
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