Panchatantra Author:Arthur W. Ryder (Translator) The Panchatantra contains the most widely known stories in the world. In fact, it is universally acknowledged as the best collection of stories known to civilized man. — The central theme of the Panchatantra is: the harmonious development of the powers of a man, a life in which security, prosperity, resolute action, friendship, and ... more »good learning are so combined as to produce lasting joy. And this noble theme is presented in an artistic form of perfect fitness, in five books of wise and witty stories, in most of which the actors are animals.
This immortal work on the Art of Intelligent Living has travelled all over the world in translation, and in translations of translations. And through more than 20 centuries, this masterpiece of Indian Literature has neve failed to bring delight to hundreds of millions; and to awaken intelligence in the young, through its wise and witty hints on a diversity of themes, such as: Winning of Friends, Love and Marriage, Making Money, and Diplomacy, Happiness, etc.
The original collection of the Panchatantra stories, in Sanskrit, date from about 200BC and numbered about eighty-four. The text here translated by Arthur W. Ryder is late, dating from the year 1199.