Shishu Sansaar | Vikram-Vaitaal Stories-3
|5-Four Boys Who Made a Lion|
5-Four Boys Who Made a Lion
There lived a Braahman who had four sons. He taught them all Ved, Shaastra and holy scriptures. After some time the Braahman and his wife died, so they went to their maternal uncle's (Mother's brother) place to live there. They found that were not welcomed there and their cousins did not treat them well. So they decided to learn some special skills and come back and meet after a while at one place.
They went away, wandered around, learned special skills and came to meet at the fixed place at the fixed time. They asked each other as what did he learn during that time. The first one said - "I can create flesh over an animal with a single bone piece." The second one said - "If the flesh and bones are there, then I can grow skin and hair on it." The third one said - "Oh, If the flesh and bones are there, skin and hair are there, I can create the limbs of that creature." The fourth one exclaimed - "Good, Then I can make him alive."
Now they thought to test their knowledge. So they started wandering in search of a bone piece so that could start their experiment. While wandering thus they came across a bone of a lion. They were so excited in testing their knowledge that did not think anything else except to test their knowledge on that bone.
The first one gave it the flesh, the second one grew the hair and skin on it, the third one created the limbs and the fourth one gave it life. As the lion got life, he ate four of them and ran away in the forest.
Vaitaal stopped here and asked Vikram - "Now tell me who was responsible for the death of all four?" Vikram pondered a little and said - "The fourth one, as only he gave the life to the lion. If he did not make him alive, all were safe, because without life he was still a dead structure."
As soon as Vikram finished his answer, Vaitaal ran away and hung on the same tree upside down.
Created by Sushma Gupta on January 15, 2002
Modified on 06/05/13