Panchatantra by Vishnu SharmaPanchatantra, is perhaps the oldest collection of Indian Fables still surviving. It is written around 200BC by the great Hindu Scholar Pandit Vishnu Sharma. Panchatantra means the five books. It is a Nitishastra which means book of wise conduct in life. The book is written in the form of simple stories and each story has a moral and philosophical theme which has stood the test of time in modern age of atomic fear and madness. It guides us to attain success in life by understanding human nature. Panchatantra is commonly available in an abridged form written for children. Here is the complete translation of the book as written by Vishnu Sharma.
Stories from Panchatantra - Sanskrit English
A king had a monkey as his body-guard. He was very fond of the king, and as he was very much trusted by the king, he could go into the kings' bed room without being stopped by anyone. Once when the king was sleeping the monkey started breezing the king with a fan. While doing this a fly came and sat on the king's chest. The monkey tried to ward off the fly with the fan. But the fly would come again and sit on the same place. The monkey due to its foolish nature became angry, got a sharp sword and hit the fly to kill it.
Same-Sex Love in India pp Cite as. A s with most other ancient and medieval Sanskrit texts, the dates of the Panchatantra are impossible to fix with certainty. Like the other Katha cycles, it is a compendium of stories, arranged like Chinese boxes, story within story. Of all ancient Indian texts, it has probably had the greatest influence on world literature. Between the sixth and the eighth centuries it traveled via Pehlevi, Syriac and Arabic, to Europe, and between the eleventh and the eighteenth centuries, versions appeared in Greek, Latin, German, Spanish, French, English, Armenian, Hebrew and Slavonic languages.
Selected Stories from Panchatantra with Sanskrit text and English translation for the use of Sanskrit students. Keep It up. Hello, My girl is 5 yrs old. I need one short story for her school story telling comp. Can I get that help?
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It is "certainly the most frequently translated literary product of India",  and these stories are among the most widely known in the world. There is a version of Panchatantra in nearly every major language of India, and in addition there are versions of the text in more than 50 languages around the world. Its range has extended from Java to Iceland And most of the stories contained in it have "gone down" into the folklore of the story-loving Hindus, whence they reappear in the collections of oral tales gathered by modern students of folk-stories. It is unclear, states Patrick Olivelle , a professor of Sanskrit and Indian religions, if Vishnu Sharma was a real person or himself a literary invention. Some South Indian recensions of the text, as well as Southeast Asian versions of Panchatantra attribute the text to Vasubhaga, states Olivelle. Olivelle and other scholars state that regardless of who the author was, it is likely "the author was a Hindu, and not a Buddhist, nor Jain", but it is unlikely that the author was a devotee of Hindu god Vishnu because the text neither expresses any sentiments against other Hindu deities such as Shiva , Indra and others, nor does it avoid invoking them with reverence.