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Widely read and beloved for more than a thousand years, the Hitopadesa (Book of Good Counsels) is an anthology of folk wisdom that offers humorous and profound reflections on human lives and loves, philosophies and follies. Drawing on traditional sources, Narayana presents classic tales as narrated by animals, resulting in a work that is a fascinating blend of fable and sa ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published July 31st 2007 by Penguin Classics (first published 1373)
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Mar 17, 2014 Greg rated it it was amazing
This collection of fables is one of the most widely read Sanskrit texts, and frankly is wonderful. Told to children, they are timeless for all and provide a wonderful glimpse into the heritage of India. The wonderful verses that start the Prologue provide poetic and timeless wisdom:
“The wise will strive for wealth and learning,
As if to time and age immune;
But not delay good works, discerning
That death may strike one very soon.

Of all things, learning, seers declare
It best by far, beyond compare:
A
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"Hitopadesha" basically means to counsel or advice with benevolence.

One of the most widely read Sanskrit books in India, Hitopadesha tales are short stories that have the priceless treasure of morality and knowledge. After Bhagavad Gita, Hitopadesha is considered to be the most sold religious text in India. The tales from Hitopadesha are written in a very logical and clear way and one does not have to make much effort to figure out what moral a particular story is implying. The stories feature a
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Narayan Pandit (Hindi: नारायण पणडित) was the Brahmin author of the Sanskrit treatise called Hitopadesh, one of the oldest collection of stories mainly animal fables in the world. The last lines of the book indicate the name of the author as Narayan Pandit:

नारायणेन परचरतु रचितः संगरहोsयं कथानाम

Narayan Pandit was the royal poet of Dhawalchandra, the king of Bengal. The beginning and ending shlokas o
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