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The Pancatantra

The Pancatantra

  • Author: Sarma, Visnu,Visnu Sarma
  • Publisher: Penguin UK
  • ISBN: 0140455663
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 512
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First recorded 1500 years ago, but taking its origins from a far earlier oral tradition, the Pancatantra is ascribed by legend to the celebrated, half-mythical teacher Visnu Sarma. Asked by a great king to awaken the dulled intelligence of his three idle sons, the aging Sarma is said to have composed the great work as a series of entertaining and edifying fables narrated by a wide range of humans and animals, and together intended to provide the young princes with vital guidance for life. Since first leaving India before AD 570, the Pancatantra has been widely translated and has influenced a cast number of works in India, the Arab world and Europe, including the Arabian Nights, the Canterbury Tales and the Fables of La Fontaine. Enduring and profound, it is among the earliest and most popular of all books of fables.

Pañcatantra

Pañcatantra

The Book of India's Folk Wisdom

  • Author: Patrick Olivelle
  • Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks
  • ISBN: 0192839888
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 256
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The Pancatantra is the most famous collection of fables in India and was one of the earliest Indian books to be translated into Western languages. No other Indian work has had a greater influence on world literature, and no other collection of stories has become as popular in India itself. A significant influence on the Arabian Nights and the Fables of La Fontaine, the Pancatantra teaches the principles of good government and public policy through the medium of animal stories. Its positive attitude towards life and its advocacy of ambition, enterprise, and drive counters any preconception of passivity and other-worldliness in ancient Indian society. Patrick Olivelle presents the Pancatantra in all its complexity and rich ambivalence, examining central elements of political and moral philosophy alongside the many controversial issues surrounding its history, including its numerous versions and translations, and the reconstruction of the original text by Franklin Edgerton. This new translation vividly reveals the story-telling powers of the original author, while detailed notes illuminate aspects of ancient Indian society and religion to the non-specialist reader.

Natural Enmity

Natural Enmity

Reflections on the Niti and Rasa of the Pancatantra

  • Author: Ashay Deepak Naik
  • Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
  • ISBN: 9781537751832
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  • Page: 486
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It is time to put the punch back into the Pancatantra. For too long this text has been underestimated as an anthology of animal fables to impart simple moral lessons to children in a fun and engaging way. Quite the contrary, the Pancatantra claims itself to be a nitisastra and presses upon the reader deep political issues for which there are no easy solutions. The tales are well-known but there has been hardly any reflection on the dilemmas lurking underneath and the frustrations of worldly life they conceal from unwary eyes. A jackal brokers a friendship between a lion and a bull out of self-interest but was there another way for him to succeed in a world that undervalued his worth due to his inferior status? And if the lion gave up violence due to the influence of the bull and the kingdom tottered to its doom, was it right of him to sow discord between them and get the bull assassinated? Is deception the way for the weak prey to resist the oppression of the strong predator? Can kings be compelled to execute justice only by the pressure of a mass agitation? Was it right of the hare to breach the contract between the denizens of the forest and kill the lion because it was his turn to die? Was the camel deceived into offering himself as food for the lion or was it his duty to sacrifice himself to save the life of his master anyway? What prudence did men learn to become masters of the household and the refuge of their brethren and servants? And why are women regularly portrayed as lustful, uncontrolled beings and ascetics as frauds and hypocrites? Does paramartha (ultimate truth) have a place in vyavahara (worldly life) or is it merely the platitudinous babble of charlatans, articulated to win the trust of their victims? There is a reason why the Pancatantra became an international success in the ancient world, without the backing of an army or a mission. Join me on an exciting journey to uncover its dark and deep, foreboding secrets, to hold up again this mirror to the world of human politics. The jungle awaits us ...

The Fall of the Indigo Jackal

The Fall of the Indigo Jackal

The Discourse of Division and Purnabhadra's Pancatantra

  • Author: McComas Taylor
  • Publisher: SUNY Press
  • ISBN: 9780791471784
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 250
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Contemporary critical theory is brought to the consideration of caste in the Pancatantra, one of the best-known cycles of Indian tales.

The Panchatantra-Text of Purnabhadra

The Panchatantra-Text of Purnabhadra

  • Author: Johannes Hertel,Barvard University
  • Publisher: Wentworth Press
  • ISBN: 9781010445081
  • Category: Foreign Language Study
  • Page: 256
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THE PANCHATANTRA

THE PANCHATANTRA

TEACHING TALES OF OLD INDIA

  • Author: Narindar Uberoi Kelly
  • Publisher: Hachette UK
  • ISBN: 9351951308
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 361
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A RAT THAT ATE IRON. A BIRD WITH TWO HEADS. FOUR GREEDY TREASURE-SEEKERS. A DOG THAT WENT TO FOREIGN LANDS TO FIND FOOD. These are only a few of the colourful stories that long, long ago – it is said – a sage told three princes so that they could learn to live wisely. Instead of giving them boring lessons, the learned tutor told them fables alive with animals and human characters faced with difficult situations about friendship, cooperation, quarrels and ambition. The tales told by Pandit Vishnu Sharma about 2,500 years ago offer a map of how to make one’s way through life in a moral and wise manner. These stories of friends and enemies, cruelty and deceit, honour and humility, foolishness and cunning, deception and honesty, tell us about the choices we have and how to find a solution to tough questions of right and wrong. This all-colour, beautifully illustrated edition contains stories retold from all five books of the Panchatantra and is designed to make it easy for readers to move from story to story, and across stories within stories – making it a must-have for readers young and old.

Tales from the Panchatantra

Tales from the Panchatantra

  • Author: N.A
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Fables, Indic
  • Page: 98
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The Panchtantra, one of the best known classics of ancient India are secular tales of wit, virtue and wisdom which have retained their freshness and timeless appeal over the ages. This book is new translation from the original sanskrit specially for the tastes of today.

The Five Discourses on Worldly Wisdom

The Five Discourses on Worldly Wisdom

  • Author: Viṣṇuśarman
  • Publisher: NYU Press
  • ISBN: 0814762085
  • Category: Literary Collections
  • Page: 562
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Here is a new Clay Sanskrit Library translation of The Five Discourses on Worldly Wisdom, well known also by its Sanskrit title as the "Pancatantra." The king despairs of his idle sons, so he hires a learned brahmin who promises to make their lessons in statecraft unmissable. The brahmin's lessons are disguised as short stories, featuring animal protagonists. The Five Discourses on Worldly Wisdom is the book of India's folk wisdom, teaching the principles of good government and public policy through the medium of delightful stories and pithy proverbs. Its positive attitude towards life and its advocacy of ambition, enterprise, and drive counters any preconception of passivity and other-worldliness in ancient Indian society.