MORAL

                           GOLDEN EGG

Once, a farmer lived in a village. He was very poor.  He walked to his house to open the door and found the dish but there was little rice. He was hungry and did not have enough to eat. He listened to the song of hen nightingale. He walked to look out for the hen and caught the hen hard. He decided to kill the hen but the hen said “please do not even beheaded feel”. The hen also gives a golden egg every day. But aside the hand without killing it. Next day, it gave a golden egg every day.

He sold the egg every day. Soon he became a rich man. He wanted to get all the golden eggs from his hen at one single go. So, one day he thought hard and at last clicked upon a plan. He decided to kill the hen and get all the eggs together.

So, the next day when the hen laid a golden egg, the man caught hold of it, took a sharp knife, chopped off its neck and cut its body open.  There was nothing but blood all around & no trace of any egg at all. He was highly grieved because now he would not get even one single egg.

His life was going on smoothly with one egg a day but now, he himself made his life miserable. The outcome of his greed was that he started becoming poorer & poorer day by day and ultimately became a pauper. How jinxed and how much foolish he was. Then he would be the richest man in the village. He took a knife and cut the stomach of the hen. He did not get even a single egg. He lost not only the golden eggs but the hen also.

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                   The Ant and the Dove

One hot day, an ant was searching for some water. After walking around for some time, she came to a spring. To reach the spring, she had to climb up a blade of grass. While making her way up, she slipped and fell into the water.

She could have drowned if a dove up a nearby tree had not seen her. Seeing that the ant was in trouble, the dove quickly plucked off a leaf and dropped it into the water near the struggling ant. The ant moved towards the leaf and climbed up there. Soon it carried her safely to dry ground. Just at that time, a hunter nearby was throwing out his net towards the dove, hoping to trap it.

Guessing what he was about to do, the ant quickly bit him on the heel. Feeling the pain, the hunter dropped his net. The dove was quick to fly away to safety.

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THE FOX AND THE GOAT AN AESOP’S FABLE

Once a fox was roaming around in the dark. Unfortunately, he fell into a well. He tried his level best to come out but all in vain. So, he had no other alternative but to remain there till the next morning. The next day, a goat came that way. She peeped into the well and saw the fox there. The goat asked “what are you doing there, Mr. Fox?”

The sly fox replied, “I came here to drink water. It is the best I have ever tasted. Come and see for yourself.” Without thinking even for a while, the goat jumped into the well, quenched her thirst and looked for a way to get out. But just like the fox, she also found herself helpless to come out.

Then the fox said, “I have an idea. You stand on your hind legs. I’ll climb on your head and get out. Then I shall help you come out too.” The goat was innocent enough to understand the shrewdness of the fox and did as the fox said and helped him get out of the well.

While walking away, the fox said, “Had you been intelligent enough, you would never have got in without seeing how to get out.”

_________________________________________________________________________ THE THIRSTY CROW

One hot day, a thirsty crow flew all over the fields looking for water. For a long time, he could not find any. He felt very weak, almost lost all hope. Suddenly, he saw a water jug below the tree. He flew straight down to see if there was any water inside. Yes, he could see some water inside the jug!

The crow tried to push his head into the jug. Sadly, he found that the neck of the jug was too narrow. Then he tried to push the jug to tilt for the water to flow out but the jug was too heavy.
The crow thought hard for a while. Then looking around it, he saw some pebbles. he suddenly had a good idea. he started picking up the pebbles one by one, dropping each into the jug. As more and more pebbles filled the jug, the water level kept rising. Soon it was high enough for the crow to drink. His plan had worked!

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            THE HONEST WOODCUTTER

Once there lived a poor woodcutter. He used to cut trees in woods. One day he was cutting wood on the bank of a river. His axe fell into the river. The river was deep. He could not take his axe out. He sat on the bank and began to weep.

Mercury, the goddess of water appeared. She asked the reason of his weeping. The woodcutter told the whole story. Mercury dived into the water and brought the silver axe. The woodcutter refused to take it. Mercury again dived in to the water and brought the golden axe. The woodcutter did not take it either. Then she brought iron axe. The woodcutter took it gladly. Mercury was much pleased. He rewarded the woodcutter with the other golden and silver axes.

___________________________________________________________________________ A FOX AND A CRANE

Once a fox and a crane became friends. So, the fox invited the crane to dinner. The crane accepted the invitation and reached the fox’s place at sunset.

The fox had prepared soup for his mate. But as we all know that foxes are cunning by nature, he served the soup in flat dishes. So, he himself lapped the crane’s share with his tongue enjoying its relish a lot. But the crane could not enjoy it at all with his long beak and had to get back home hungry. The shrewd fox felt extremely amused.

After few days, the crane invited the fox to dine in with him. The fox reached his place well in time. The crane gave him a warm welcome and served the soup in a jug with a long and narrow neck.

So, the crane enjoyed the soup with great relish using his long beak. The fox’s mouth couldn’t reach the soup through the narrow neck of the jug. He had to return home hungry. Now he realized that he had been repaid for his behaviour with the crane.

___________________________________________________________________________THE BOY WHO CRIED ‘WOLF!’

Once there was a boy who looked after his father’s flock of sheep. Every day he took the sheep to graze on the hillside, and he stayed with them until sundown.

The boy did not like being on his own all day, and grew very bored with his job. One day he had an idea. ‘i will cry “Wolf! Wolf!”,’ he thought.

‘Then people from the village will run up to help me. It will be fun to see their faces when they find that there isn’t a wolf here at all!’

So the boy stood up and, in his loudest voice, cried, ‘Wolf! Wolf!’ Sure enough, several people rushed up the hill to help him.

The boy greeted them all with a big grin. ‘ There isn’t a wolf, after all,’ he said. ‘It was just a joke! Ha, ha, ha!’

The people didn’t laugh. They were very annoyed, and they grumbled all the way back to the village. But the boy felt very pleased with himself.

The next day a wolf really did come. ‘Wolf’! Wolf!’ the boy shouted at the top of his voice.

The villagers didn’t even brother to look up.

‘That boy’s up to his old tricks again,’ they muttered, as they went about their work.

With no one to help him, the boy could not fight off the wolf, and all the sheep were killed.

  MORAL: If you tell lies, no one will believe you when you speak the truth.

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