“The Farmer’s Strongest Ox” – A Chanakya Story


Chanakya was a wise and cunning political strategist who lived in ancient India. He was known for his intelligence, cunning, and ability to manipulate people to achieve his goals. One day Chanakya was walking through the market when he saw a group of young men arguing.

Approaching the boys, he asked them what they were discussing. One of the boys replied, “We argue about who is the strongest.Chanakya smiled and said, “I’ll tell you a story.”

“Once upon a time there was a farmer who had four oxen. He was very proud of her and often boasted of her strength. One day a traveler came to the village and asked the farmer if he could use one of his oxen to pull his cart.” The farmer agreed, and the traveler harnessed one of the oxen to his cart.

As they were going down the road, the cart struck a pothole and the ox stumbled and fell. The traveler got angry and started whipping the ox, but try as he might he could not get it to get up. Finally the traveler realized that the ox was dead.

When he returned to the village, he told the farmer what had happened. The farmer was very upset and asked the traveler which ox had died.When the traveler pointed to the dead ox, the farmer said, “That was my strongest ox.”

The children listened attentively to the story and Chanakya continued: “Strength is not just about physical strength. It’s about being resilient and overcoming challenges. You may be strong today, but that doesn’t mean you will always be strong. Instead, focus on developing your inner strength, which will enable you to face any obstacle that comes your way.”

The children were impressed by Chanakya’s wisdom and thanked him for the lesson. They promised to remember his words and work to develop their inner strength.

The lesson of this story is that true strength does not lie in physical strength but in inner resilience and the ability to overcome challenges. Chanakya was a master at navigating complex political situations and achieving his goals, but he also understood the importance of developing inner strength and wisdom. Her story reminds us to focus on our own inner development rather than solely relying on external power and influence.

See also  10 Essential Qualities of Chanakya for Success in Life

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