A Friend in need is a Friend Indeed


A Friend in need is a Friend Indeed:

Once there lived two friends in a village.One of them was strong ,active and tall. while the other was short, frail and thin.

One day they embarked upon a journey to try their luck. When they were making their way through a jungle, they saw a bear coming towards them from a distance. They were stunned with fright. The tall friend, without showing any concern for his friend,ran, climbed up a towering tree and concealed himself in the branches. He did not stop to help his friend in the plight. The other found himself quite helpless in the predicament. Although he was short of height and strength. He was very wise and quick at wits. A clever idea flashed through is mind. The saying of some sage reverberated in his mind, The bear does not touch a corpse.

He lay flat o the ground immediately. As the bear approached him. He stopped breathing and pretended to be dead.

The bear felt him with its snout. Smelt him all over, considered him to be dead and went away. When it was quite gone. The other friend descended from the tree,and jocularly inquired of his what the  bear had whispered in his ear. It gave me the advice, his companion replied. Never travel with a friend who deserts you at the approach of danger.

Misfortune tests the sincerity of friends. He decided not to travel with is selfish friends. Any more and continued his journey alone.


            Never trust selfish friends

            Avoid fair weather friends.

            A friend in need is a friend indeed.

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