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The story of the Jackal who fell into the Indigo Dye

In a jungle, there lived a jackal by the name of Chandarava. One day he was very hungry, so he risked going into the city to find food.There he was surrounded by dogs barking loudly. They set upon him and wounded him with their sharp teeth.

Jackal who fell in Indigo DyeTo save his skin, he ran into a dyer's house. A big vat of indigo dye was lying there. He jumped inti it and consequently his whole body was dyed indigo, he no longer looked like a jackal. When he came out, the dogs were unable to recognize him and ran off in all directions, terrified. The jackal himself went back to the jungle. The indigo dye would not come off.

Back in the jungle, when the animals, the lions, tigers, elephants, wolves and the rest of them, saw the indigo-colored jackal, they ran away in terror and said to one another, 'Let's run away for we don't know the strength of this animal or what to expect of him.’ When the jackal saw the frightened animals, he called them back and said, 'Ho! Animals! Why are you running off in panic? Don’t be afraid. Brahma, the Lord of Creation has made me himself, with his hands, and he said, 'The animals have no king, so I have crowned you as a king. Go to the earth and protect them well.”‘ That’s why,' he continued ' I've come here.

Live in my kingdom, under my protection. I, have been crowned the King of the Three Worlds. (Heaven, Earth and Hell).'When all the animals, the lions, tigers, and the rest of them, heard this, they surrounded him and said, 'Master, we await you commands.' The jackal assigned specific duties to all the animals, but he said he would have nothing to do with jackals, and they were all chased away. The lion and the tiger used to go out hunting and bring the prey before the jackal.He would then distribute it amongst the other animals. Thus, he discharged his kingly duties.

One day, this jackal heard in the distance the howl of pack of jackals. He was spellbound, his eyes filled with tears of joy, he stood up and began to howl. When the lion and the other animals heard the howl, they realized that he was only a jackal and they lowered their heads in shame. Only for a moment did they remain in this attitude. Then they said angrily to each other, 'This despicable jackal has fooled us! We will kill him!’ When the jackal heard this, he tried to escape but was torn in pieces on the spot and he died.

Moral: Deceit and lie won't last long.