Bundle of sticks

Value- Right Conduct

Sub value- Unity

This is the story of  a  father whose sons were forever quarreling among themselves. Nothing he  did or said to the sons made any difference in their behavior towards each other. Pensively  he reflected and  pondered deeply within, for some very striking example that would make his sons see  how the discord among themselves, would lead them to misfortune.

One day the quarreling and fighting took a violent turn, it was more  than usual  bickering; and each of the sons were  pacing like a caged tiger,  when a thought struck him. He asked one of them to bring him a bundle of sticks which lay in the barn outside.  Handing the bundle to each of his sons in turn ,he asked  them to break it. Although each one tried his best, none was able to break the bundle of sticks.

Then the Father then untied the bundle and gave the sticks to his sons to break one by one. This they did very easily.

“My Sons,” said the Father, “do you not see how certain it is that if you agree with each other and help each other, it will be impossible for your enemies to injure you? But if you are divided among yourselves, you will be no stronger than a single stick in that bundle.”


Unity is strength. As a team we can achieve much more than when are alone.



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