This story in blue font below is the greatest story in the world. It is full of wisdom.
An man with average IQ and commonsense can churn out at least 15 morals to the story within 15 minutes. A genius will get more than 25 morals .
Take this simple test and find out where you stand.
Story telling requires genius. This is why in I posted MATT GROENING, THE UNSUNG GENIUS dated 15th Jan 2011.
Here is the story--
There was this sparrow, pretty but headstrong and sharp tongued
She got fed up with her lot and tried flying high
For long she flew higher and higher with gay abandon
Suddenly her wings froze and she fell to mother earth in a tail spin
A passing lion saw her , and took pity on the frozen bird
He had promises to keep , and miles to go before he could sleep
The kind lion shat on the sparrow , to thaw her
Her beak thawed first-- she heaped abuses on the lion for crapping on her
A passing fox heard the din, walked past the lion , and ate the sparrow.
Now, let me introduce you to the word Panchatantra.
Every Indian knows it.
In my post dated 21st Dec 2010 SUPER TYPHOON BART, THE PERFECT STORM, ( the world's biggest Category 5 Storm ) i had negotiated the storm easily by following the moral of a Panchatantra story about the fight between the wind and the mountain.
Panchatantra is a series of more than 3000 jungle stories, each with a moral written by Pandit Vishnu Sharma.
No other country on this planet ( including Africa ) has the wide variety of animals and birds --as in the Indian jungle. Observing this wild life behavior has brought in WISDOM.
While gaining knowledge , you have to know more and more. Wisdom is about knowing less and less, yet you are better.
Panchatantra tales are available in the original form , and has survived 5000 years.
King Amarashakti ruled over a vast kingdom south of the Vindhyas. The king had three sons. But all the three were duffers of the first order. The king was very sad, that after his death, his kingdom would suffer.
One of his ministers , seeing his King in total depression, introduced him to a very intelligent man , Vishnu Sharma.
The King offered Vishnu Sharma lot of land and money, if he could do something with his three children, and make them worthy princes.
Vishnu Sharma declined to take the money. He took all the three boys with him to his ashram, and gave them unlimited wisdom in 6 months flat.
It was a sort of miracle. His method was simple. He did not teach. He narrated interesting stories-- more than 3000 of them.
Each story had a main moral, which slowly, the princes could come up with, on their own . He sort of formatted their subconscious minds.
Genius Vishnu Sharma knew that--
in a holographic brain , stories produce better change than dry abstractions. Stories produce beliefs and gets hardwired into brain networks-- they tap into ways of intuitively understanding the subtle currents that flow through our lives..
At the same time the practical wisdom which was required in daily government affairs on Royal life , was driven into their subconscious minds. It also covered Dharma and proper moral conduct, as per Indian culture.
The stories had inherent in them -- philosophy, psychology, human relationship principles and core values like ethics, compassion, teamwork, leadership and sense of humor.
Remember all this he did with human, animal, bird, and nature characters.
It is the true work of a super genius in 3000 BC--when 80% of the world was doing grunt grunt for language.
The stories are in prose, but the morals are in verses.
The truths were for all people, all places and all times. These stories have been translated into more than 60 languages. A lot of these countries try and claim the stories as their own, despite, not having a peacock, or tiger or rhino or an elephant -- anywhere around them.
Need i say more?
The Panchatantra photo above is from an ancient Merkut Temple in Central Java , Indonesia -
CAPT AJIT VADAKAYIL