Sage and King- everyone is a beggar

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One day, while the sage was praying to God, a desire entered his mind. For the past few months his cow had not been producing milk. So he thought, 'My cow has got old. Maybe I should go to the King and ask for a new cow'.
Once, there was a king who got badly hurt in battle. No doctor was able to treat his wound well. After, some day a sage was visiting that kingdom. King got to know about him and invited him to his palace. Sage went to the palace and king was completely healed by Sage’s touch. King thanked the sage and wanted to present him a gift in return but, the Sage refused. King said, ‘I have an oath that I would not be indebted to anyone. So please tell me what can I do for You? I don’t want to be indebted to you.’ Sage replied, ‘ I don’t need anything now but in the future if I need anything I will ask for it…’ After, this the Sage left. Months passed by, One day, while the sage was praying to God, a desire entered his mind. For the past few months his cow had not been producing milk. So he thought, ‘My cow has got old. Maybe I should go to the King and ask for a new cow’. One day he went to the palace. He waited while king was praying in the temple. After seeing him, Sage said to himself, ‘I won’t ask him for a cow’/ As the king was coming out of the temple, he saw that the Sage was leaving without meeting the King. King stopped him and said, ‘Why are you leaving? Please tell me, what you want… I will give you anything…’ Sage smiled and said, `You told me you took an oath that you would not be indebted to anyone’. I too have taken an oath. My oath is that if anyone is in need then, I won’t take anything from that person. That’s why I won’t take anything from you’. The King got confused and asked, ‘But then, why won’t you ask for anything to me?’ Sage replied, ‘When I saw you praying. You were begging to God to give you wealth and fame.. You yourself were in need of material things. So, how can I ask you for anything?’ ‘How can I ask you for anything from anyone in this world, when everyone is here begging to God for one or other thing. God has shown me that EVERYONE IS BEGGAR and therefore if I need something I will get it from him…’
Justin Roy

Justin Roy

Class X student of Stella Maris Convent Senior Secondary School, Thiruvaniyoor.

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