Stories from the Hitopadesa: Never Trust Your Enemy 

We begin our series on stories from the Hitopadesa with a simple story about the principle that one should never trust an enemy, even if they display refinement and good behaviour. Inherent traits are very strong and have to be constantly watched so one is not duped by pretensions.

Once upon a time, there was a huge neem tree in a forest. An old, blind vulture made his home on the tree. Many birds also built their nests on the tree. Being old and blind, the vulture would struggle to find food. The other birds took pity on the vulture and would feed him their leftover scraps. T
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