There was a man named Ashok. He had five sons and they used to quarrel
every time. Ashok was fed up with his sons' quarrels. One day, he made a
bunch of five dry branches and told his sons, "Who ever will break this
bunch of branches will get ten rupees from me". So all of them tried to
break the bunch, but could not succeed. Ashok then, opened the bunch and
gave one branch to everyone. Now everyone could break the branch.
Ashok told his sons, "When the branches were together none of you could
break it but, when they were separated, you could break them easily.
Similarly if you will live in unity, no body will dare to harass you".
Ashok's sons stopped quarrelling among themselves from that day onwards
and lived in unity.