97. Brahmadatta, the Crab and the Snake

Brahmadatta, the Crab and the Snake 

Once upon a time, there lived in a village, a youth by the name of Brahmadatta. One day, Brahmadatta had to go to some other town for some important business. His mother called Brahmadatta and said to him, “My dear son, don’t travel alone. Better take a companion with you. He can help you, at least, when you are in trouble.” 

But Brahmadatta said, “Mother, I am a young man. I can very well take care of myself. Besides, who do I take with me as companion?” 

“I’ll manage a companion for you,” said Brahmadatta’s mother. She, somehow, fetched a crab and put it into Brahmadatta’s travelling bag. As Brahmadatta didn’t want to hurt his mother’s sentiments, he kept the crab into a camphor box and started on his long journey. 

Brahmadatta, walked for days to reach the other town. He became tired and wanted to take a little rest before starting his journey again. 

So, Brahmadatta lay under a huge banyan tree and soon went to sleep. 

In the hollow of that banyan tree, there lived a snake. Seeing Brahmadatta fast asleep, the snake climbed down the tree and went near Brahmadatta’s travelling bag. The snake was attracted to the box of camphor, which was kept in the bag. 

As soon as the snake entered the camphor box, the crab sitting inside caught hold of the snake’s neck and killed it. 

When Brahmadatta woke up, he was surprised to find a dead snake lying beside him. Now he remembered his mother’s advice-Take a companion with you. Don’t travel alone.’ 

Moral:– It is advisable to have a companion while moving to an unknown destination.

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