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Pragya Tales for Children (2 of 2) – Fables based on Pragyapuran and Preachings of Pandit Shriram Sharma Acharya (Gayatri Pariwar)

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Pragya Tales for Children (2 of 2) – Fables based on Pragyapuran and Preachings of Pandit Shriram Sharma Acharya (Gayatri Pariwar)


During the past 79 years, the Gayatri Pariwar Mission has traveled a long way spreading its ideology of resurrection of morality and righteous hinking in global society through dissemination of spiritual disciplines of Gayatri and constructive efforts of
mass awakening. Today, it has grown into a grand family of millions of members belonging to different classes, creeds, color, race and faith and residing in different parts of the world.

Behind the spectacular progress of mission’s ideology amongst the masses was active participation of thousands of dedicated youth of India.

With its sight on the destined Golden Era of 21st century, foreseen by the seer-sage, Yug Rishi Pandit Sriramn Sharma Acharya, the mission has planned to bring out literature on the science of spirituality for the young citizens of tomorrow.

The illuminating literature, motivating teachings and sermons of the Yug Rishi encompasses almost all topics pertaining to happy progress and enlightenment of human life. The present publication “Pragya Tales” is compiled for children based on his inspiring teachings. It is hoped that it will be useful in making the children as responsible citizens in the forthcoming Golden Era of human values
Dr. Pranav Pandya (Shantikunj, Haridwar)


1. God Helps Those Who Help Others
2. The Father, Son and a Horse
3. God Protects Those Who Do Not Harm Others
4. The Result of Mockery
5. The Insult, Which Started a Great War
6. Association With a Dishonest Person Makes One Dishonest
7. Misuse of Power Destroys Its User
8. Anger Distorts the Capacity to Think
9. The Reward For Speaking Truth
10. Real Happiness Lies In Helping Others
11. Insults or Praise Do Not Affect Great Men
12. Practice Makes One Perfect
13. The Secret of Vijaya’s Rise
14. Four Principles of Success of Great Persons

God Helps those who help tthers

On the bank of a river in a forest there lived many animals. Many amongst the bigger animals could swim easily across the river. On the other hand the smaller ones like rabbits and squirrels did not know swimming. For crossing the river, they took help of a large tortoise living on the bank of the river.

The tortoise was very friendly and polite. He spoke sweetly to everyone. Throughout the day, he helped the small animals cross the river by carrying them on his back. Because of his helping nature, the tortoise had made many friends.

In the neighborhood of the tortoise, there also lived a crocodile and an otter.

The crocodile was very proud, selfish and lazy. He thought that the smaller animals were inferior to him. He was proud that he could walk faster than the smaller animals. None amongst the tiny animals could move as fast as him for long distances.

He often boasted about his capabilities.

The crocodile was very lazy. While other animals worked, he slept on the bank of the river throughout the day. Those who do not work become fat. The crocodile had become very fat. The other strong animals made fun of his fat body.

He was also very selfish. He never helped anyone. When the small animals on the land desired to go to the other side of the river and asked him to give him a lift, he made excuses and refused to help.

No one wants to be friendly with a person who does not help anyone. Because of his selfish nature the crocodile did not have any friends.

One day, while the otter was swimming in the river, he met the crocodile. The otter was very tired. He thought perhaps the crocodile would help him and give him a lift. The otter said, “I am very tired. I need some rest. Could you take me on your back to the sandbar in the middle of the river?

The crocodile replied, “I have no time. I am busy in going to the other bank of the river.”

The large tortoise swimming nearby also heard the otter speaking to the crocodile. He called the otter and said, “I can carry you to the sandbar on my back.”

The otter climbed on the back of the tortoise and he took him to the sandbar. From that moment, the tortoise and the otter became close friends. Whenever the otter got tired while swimming in the river, the tortoise gave him a lift.

In this way, by helping many other animals the tortoise made many more friends.

Since the crocodile did not have any friend he felt envious of the tortoise. He thought that if he could show other animals that he was superior to the tortoise, everyone would become his friend.

He waited for an opportunity to prove his superiority over the tortoise. One day he challenged the tortoise to compete with him in a race. The tortoise knew that because of his smaller body, he could not defeat the crocodile in a race.

The tortoise said, “How can I compete with you in a race on land? You are much bigger than me. You can also run faster than me. However, since both of us know swimming I am prepared to compete with you in a race in the river.”
The crocodile was very cunning. He
knew that the tortoise could swim fast in the river. He could not swim faster than the tortoise.

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