Friday, July 10, 2009

Sakhi Series :- 132 ( King and his four wives....)

King and his four wives.....


Once upon a time there was a King who had four wives. He loved the 4th wife the most and adorned her with rich robes and treated her to the finest of delicacies. He gave her nothing but the best.

He also loved the 3rd wife very much and was always showing her off to neighboring kingdoms. However, he feared that one day she would leave him for another.

He also loved his 2nd wife. She was his confident and was always kind,considerate and patient with him. Whenever the King faced a problem, he could confide in her, and she would help him get through the difficult times.

The King's 1st wife was a very loyal partner and had made great contributions in maintaining his wealth and kingdom. However, he did not love the first wife. Although she loved him deeply, he hardly took notice of her!

One day, the King fell ill and he knew his time was short. He thought of his luxurious life and wondered, "I now have four wives with me, but when I die, I'll be all alone."

Thus, he asked the 4th wife, "I have loved you the most, endowed you with the finest clothing and showered great care over you. Now that I'm dying, will you follow me and keep me company?" "No way!" replied the 4th wife and she walked away without another word. Her answer cut like a sharpknife right into his heart.

The sad King then asked the 3rd wife, "I have loved you all my life. Nowthat I'm dying, will you follow me and keep me company?" "No!", replied the 3rd wife. "Life is too good! When you die, I'm going to remarry!" Hisheart sank and turned cold.

He then asked the 2nd wife, "I have always turned to you for help and you've always been there for me. When I die, will you follow me and keep me company?" "I'm sorry, I can't help you out this time!", replied the 2nd wife. "At the very most, I can only walk with you to your grave." Her answer struck him like a bolt of lightning, and the King was devastated.

Then a voice called out: "I'll go with you. I'll follow you no matter where you go." The King looked up, and there was his first wife. She was very skinny as she suffered from malnutrition and neglect. Greatly grieved, the King said, "I should have taken much better care of you when I had the chance!"

In truth, we all have the 4 wives in our lives:

Our 4th wife is our body. No matter how much time and effort we lavish inmaking it look good, it will leave us when we die.

Our 3rd wife is our possessions, status and wealth. When we die, it will all go to others.

Our 2nd wife is our family and friends. No matter how much they have been there for us, the furthest they can stay by us is up to the grave.

And our 1st wife is our Soul, often neglected in pursuit of wealth, power and pleasures of the world. However, our Soul is the only thing that will follow us wherever we go.Cultivate, strengthen and cherish it now, for it is the only part of us that will follow us to the throne of God and continue with us throughout Eternity.

Remember, when the world pushes you to your knees, you're in the perfect position to pray.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

i used to listen to sakhis from my grandmother as a child. i felt very happy to see that they are available online now and can tell these to my children. thanks a lot for making these available online.

Anonymous said...

very good

Anonymous said...

Sat Sri Alak ji,

My name is Sukhjinder Kaur and I'm from Spain. I'm doing my project research and was looking information on Sikhism and came across this tale which is very eye opening. Thanks for posting it!! You people are great!!!!
Best of luck!!!

kulwinder said...

waheguru ...waheguru ......it is very very nice story to see the truth which we have forgot.

Anonymous said...

We are living in "kaljog" times. As Sikhs, it is our obligation to practice what our beloved Gurus teaches. I pray my life blossom with the knowledge I obtain from Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji so that I may share the bliss with all I touch in this lifetime. Waheguru ji ka Khalsa, Waheguru ji ki fateh :)

Hassandeep said...

As told in the story we prefer other things more than our soul. we forget that the only thing which can go with us is our soul.we spend all our life in gathering fame from others.Its very nice story.

fd259c10-69b0-11e2-b2f6-000bcdcb8a73 said...

Sat Shri Akal to all..I not only read or listen to Sakhis.. I do believe and implement on them and I think this is the only way to increase my ability and power to do something for humanity ... Milind Bharadwaj

fd259c10-69b0-11e2-b2f6-000bcdcb8a73 said...

Sat Shri Akal to all..I not only read or listen to Sakhis.. I do believe and implement on them and I think this is the only way to increase my ability and power to do something for humanity ... Milind Bharadwaj