The Land Treasures
Once upon a time there lived an old farmer who had three very lazy sons. He often wondered how he would make them realise the importance of work.
One day when he was dying he called his sons and said, "my dear sons, I shall soon be dead. All my fortune I leave to you, divide it equally among yourselves. Dig in the fields carefully, for the treasure is buried a foot below the surface."
The sons thought that their father was talking about money and jewels that he had buried in the fields. So after their father's death, the set to work and dug up every inch of the land carefully.
They did not find any money or jewels in the fields, but the ground had been turned over so well in their search, that in that year it produced splendid crops. The sons sold the grain for a large sum of money.
It was then that they realised that the treasure their father had told them about was the treasure that came as a result of their hard work.
Moral : The way to prosperity is through hard work.
The Farmer and the Stork
A Farmer placed nets on his newly-sown plow lands and caught a number of Cranes, which came to pick up his seed. With them he trapped a Stork that had fractured his leg in the net and was earnestly beseeching the Farmer to spare his life.
Pray save me, Master," he said, "and let me go free this once. My broken limb should excite your pity. Besides, I am no Crane, I am a Stork, a bird of excellent character; and see how I love and slave for my father and mother. Look too, at my feathers-- they are not the least like those of a Crane."
The Farmer laughed aloud and said, "It may be all as you say, I only know this: I have taken you with these robbers, the Cranes, and you must die in their company."
Moral:Birds of a feather flock together.
The Lion and the Mouse
A Lion was awakened from sleep by a Mouse running over his face. Rising up angrily, he caught him and was about to kill him, when the Mouse piteously entreated,saying: "If you would only spare my life, I would be sure to repay your kindness." The Lion laughed and let him go.
It happened shortly after this that the Lion was caught by some hunters, who bound him by ropes to the ground.
The Mouse, recognizing his roar, came gnawed the rope with his teeth, and set him free, exclaimed"You ridiculed the idea of my ever being able to help you, expecting to receive from me any repayment of your favor; I now you know that it is possible for even a Mouse to con benefits on a Lion."