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Beydaba(Vishnu Sharma) and Kelile ve Dimne (Panchatantra)
1.       gokuyum
5046 posts
 22 Dec 2010 Wed 04:47 pm

 Great Alexander was willing to conquer China.He decided to deal with India which is on the way to China first. King of India started to war preparations when he heard Alexander´s army was approaching. Great Alexander won this war with his intelligence and killed the Indian King. After a while he wanted to go on his way. He assigned a trusted man to rule the India. After he went, Indians disenthroned him. And they chose a noble man Debshelim as their king. In time Debshelim became self-imported and started to oppress his people. After each war he won he gained more confidence. And he increased his cruelity.There was a very famous Brahman and a philosopher whose name is Beydaba(Vishnu Sharma). He was also annoyed of King´s cruel ruling. He decided to warn Debshelim taking the risk of death. He went to king´s palace and said he wants to talk to him. Debselim accepted his request. After he gave him permission to speak Beydaba criticized his ruling harshly. He gave king advices. But king got angry and ordered him to be killed. But then he changed his mind and decided to prison him. So Beydaba was taken to the prison. After a long time passed, one night Debshelim lost in thought. He couldn´t find a solution of a philosophical problem. Then he remembered Beydaba. He thought that he was unfair to him. Because Beydaba only wanted to warn him for his sake. He ordered him to be taken out of prison. When Beydaba came into his presence, he wanted him to repeat his advices that he told him. Beydaba did so. Debshelim liked them and he assigned him as his vizier. As a vizier he did his job fairly and was loved by people. Also King started to change and he became more reasonable. After he put the ruling to rights, he started to write books about politics. One day Debshelim ordered him to write a book for him. This book would be about how kings should rule people. But it also had to include seriousness, humor, entertainment, philosophy and wisdom together. Beydaba requested one year time. King accepted it. Beydaba and one of his student started to write it in an isolated cell. They decided to give their messages from the mouth of animals. This way ordinary people would be amazed of it and had fun, but wise people would put the fun and humor aside and would only care for what was tried to give as a message. One year later Beydaba finished his book. King ordered him to read the book in front of the whole folk. After he read each chapter, King asked him what he wanted to tell and Beydaba told him. King liked the book a lot. He promised to fulfill all of his wishes. Beydaba had only one wish. He wanted King to protect the book carefully because he wasn´t willing Persians to have it. Years years later when the wise Nuşirevan became the king of Persia, he heard about that book. He wanted to have it. He sent doctor Berzeveyh to get it. He was able to get it with using his head and he presented it to his king. Here is the book. I recommend you to read it..

2.       Sonbahar
455 posts
 22 Dec 2010 Wed 11:58 pm

 

Kelile ve Dimne is definitely a masterpiece of Indian literature and philosophy!The adaptation from the Persian into Arabic was made by Ibn al-Muqaffa ´around the year 750.  The arabic version of Ibn al-Muqaffa´ was widely translated into Turkish, Mongolian, Latin and inspired many writers. It has inspired "Les fables de la fontaine" in the 17th century and much more.

Nice choice! Smile

3.       gokuyum
5046 posts
 23 Dec 2010 Thu 10:48 am

 

Quoting Sonbahar

 

Kelile ve Dimne is definitely a masterpiece of Indian literature and philosophy!The adaptation from the Persian into Arabic was made by Ibn al-Muqaffa ´around the year 750.  The arabic version of Ibn al-Muqaffa´ was widely translated into Turkish, Mongolian, Latin and inspired many writers. It has inspired "Les fables de la fontaine" in the 17th century and much more.

Nice choice! Smile

 

 Great. You have a good taste.

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