Once there lived a lion in a forest. One noon he was fast asleep under a shady tree. There was the hole of a mouse near the trunk of the tree. By chance the mouse climbed over the body of the lion. It disturbed the lion’s sleep. He woke up and caught the mouse in his paw. He was about to kill the mouse, when it said, “O king of the forest! spare my life. One day I will be of some use to you.” The lion took pity on it and let it go. A few days later the same lion was caught in a hunter’s net. He tried hard to free himself, but in vain. He roared furiously. The same mouse heard his roar and ran to the place where the lion was caught in the net. It began to nibble the ropes with its sharp teeth. Before long it cut all the ropes and set the lion free. The lion thanked it and disappeared into the forest.
- Do good and have good.
- Virtue is its own reward.