स कूर्म इव दुर्बुद्धिः काष्टात् भ्रष्टो विनश्यति
suhṛdāṁ hitakāmānāṁ na karotīha yo vacaḥ
sa kūrma iva durbuddhiḥ kāṣṭāt bhraṣṭo vinaśyati
Let us have the full story from panchatantram
The person who does not heed his wellwishers and friends, owing to hisfoolishness, meets the same destruction as
the stupid tortoise who fell from the stick and died."
In a lake there lived a tortoise namedKambugreeva. Two swans, named Sankatand Vikat were his very close friends.Everyday the three would sit by the lake andtalk about various devarshi, maharshi and so on, and when the sun set they wouldreturn to their homes. After some days, because of lack of rain, thelake slowly started to dry up. The tortoise
was very sad and worried. Seeing him the swans said "Friend! This lake has dried up.Now only swampy mud remains. Without
water how shall we live? This thought is worrying us."
On hearing the swans, the tortoise said -"Now, due to the lack of water, my survival is not possible. Yet, you two should think about saving me. It is said that" –
"In bad times, one should not abandon patience. It is quite possible that with patience one can be delivered from the calamity. When the boat breaks in the middle of the sea, its owner does not leave patience and hope. On the contrary, hethinks of ways to reach the shore."
"In addition, Manu has said" –
"During bad times an intelligent man shouldmake efforts to save his kith and kin from the calamity. Through sincere efforts, it ispossible to keep away trouble."
"You can get a strong rope or a small piece of stick. Search another lake that has plenty of water. I will hold the middle of rope or stickwith my teeth, and you can hold the twoends and fly, taking me to the other lake."
The swans heard what Kambugreeva had tosay. They said, "Friend we will do as youhave said. But, in this situation you will have to be silent. If you are not silent you will fallfrom the stick."
After making the necessary arrangements, the swans were flying and Kambugreevacould see the town below. The people in thetown were astonished and were shouting,
"see! see! the birds are taking a circular thingand flying." On hearing the people's din below,Kambugreeva said, "Friends! what is this noise ?" Even before he could complete that he fell from the sky and the people cut him to pieces. The closemouthed tortoise was done in by his own mouth.
Have a nice and happy day
with profound respect and warm regards
K V Ananthanarayanan
कृष्णात् परं किमपि तत्वं अहं न जाने"