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Happy King!

Happy King | 18th August 2022 | Virtual Wire

 

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A story of a happy king, Once upon a time in the kingdom of Timbuktoo, there lived a king named Mozrat. His kingdom was rich and prosperous and he was having all the luxuries which one can imagine.

Living in the lavish palace, one order he gave and many were there to serve him. All the cuisines of this world he was served, with his one command they attire him in most expensive clothing and jewellery. Beautiful damsels around him and many of his queens who were there to accompany him in the time of his seclusion, he was having all the money and power in this world. There was nothing in this world that he asks for and did not get. But still, the king was not happy, there were so many things which he was worried about, including the most comfortable bed he was having but still, he was unable to sleep in peace, he was worried about many things. He was worried about the king in his neighbouring territory who has gained more power. What will happen if they attacked our territory, how I will be able to become the richest and most powerful in the entire realm? What if one of my family members is planning to kill me to proclaim their right to the throne, or one of my queens is planning to kill me? Today my general and my courtier are with me what if they plan a conspiracy to kill me how will I survive? soothe Due to all these worries nothing soothes him, his mind was always stressed thinking of how to become the most powerful of all, he was having everything in his life but still, he was not happy. One day he thought of finding a happy person and asking him the secret of his happiness.

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The king thought that his chief advisor always greets him with a smile and I have never seen him sad and distressed so I should ask him his secret of happiness. So he went to his chief advisor and asked him, oh my Chief Advisorthe one who is most close to me, advises me on all my problems, always greets me with a smile, I want to ask you, are you a happy person? To which the Chief Advisor replies, yes, I am a happy person. So it means there is nothing which worries you or makes you feel sad, you are always happy, can you tell me the secret of your happiness. Oh, another country king though I always greet you with a smile I am not always happy, there are many things which worry me. like I am worried about the taxes which we have to collect from people, worried about the food supply, what if there is no rain and we face famine, how we will serve the poor, the ships of our country which have gone to another country will they come back, or what if they get invaded by the pirates. Worried about the amount of our royal wealth, whether is it filled enough to run the kingdom and moreover worried about my family, I am not happy but I know someone who is always happy, the sentinel of our royal gate he is the man who has no worries, all day long he has to stand in front of the gate, all the food is served to him by the kingdom, everything is taken care of he is the one who is always happy. So both king and minister went to the royal guard and asked him are you happy, he says I am the royal guard and my job is just to guard the gate yes there is not much stress in my life, the king asked so you are always happy there are no worries in your life, no there are many things which worry me, first is, all the people which enter in your royal palace what if someone has come to attack the king, I am also worried that what will happen if an intruder comes to attack.

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My responsibilities are huge and so is my worry. After that the royal advisor suggested to go to one of your Queens, they have nothing to worry about, they are living a lavish lifestyle and all their demands are being fulfilled. To me they seem happiest of all we can go and ask them the secret of happiness, the king went to one of his queens and asked her are you happy there is nothing which worries you as you are provided with all the privileges over here. Yes, I am happy, but still, worry there are many things which worry me, there are many queens beside me to whom you have married, and I am worried what if your love and generosity will be more to them. Sometimes I am worried that whether our prince my child will get his appropriate position in this kingdom, what if his brothers started a war against him? All these things distress me. king and advisor were still unsatisfied with the answer of the queen, the advisor told him that we should go to the rich businessman of our kingdom he has an enormous amount of wealth and his business is well established he has nothing to worry about he is the happiest person. So they both went to the businessman and asked him the secret of his happiness, to which he replied though I am the rich businessman and I have a business of cotton and spices export from which I am earning a lot of wealth but still there are many things which I am worried about, I have given loan to many people what will I do if they do not return my money in time, I have worries about my business, worries about selling all my product in the relative rate and to face the competition from my fellow rivals, I am also not happy.

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Then the advisor told the king that we should visit the clown he is the one who is full of jokes and make other people laugh there is always a smile on his face, and he can definitely tell us the secret of happiness. The king and the advisor both went to Clown and asked him, you are the one who makes others laugh and spread happiness everywhere we think you are the most happiest person in this world, can you tell us the secret of your happiness? To which the clown replied, though I am the clown the one who always makes others happy, I cannot call myself a happy person, we as clowns are not paid much for our work, some days we have to sleep without a meal and lucky we consider ourself if we get shelter somewhere. Most people make our fun and we feel sad. The disheartened king and his advisor returned back from there, as the days passed king became sadder disheartened and more depressed. One day he ordered his advisor to search for the happiest person in his kingdom, The whole army searched in the kingdom but they could not find anyone who is always happy, the one having no worries in his life, everyone was involved in some kind of difficulties in one way or another, but at last, the soldiers found Shepherd, the shepherd said that he has no worries in his life the soldiers took him to the courtyard and the king asked him why he is so happy.

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To which shepherd replied that in the morning he wakes up, takes away his goats and cows with his packed lunch to the field for grazing and while they graze he sleeps under the shade of a tree, in the evening he will again come back to his home bringing back the cows and goat daily, he will follow the same routine every day, there are no worries about anything in my life, the cloth which I wear are made from the wool of my sheep’s, the milk which I drink is given to us by our cow, we make the fruit and vegetable I pluck from my own garden and in night sleep comfortably under the light of million stars, there is nothing to achieve and nothing to worry. I live the life of a shepherd, a happy shepherd. The king was quite promised with his answer and offered him ten gold coins to which the boy refused as he was content with his tranquillity and wanted nothing more in his life.

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Now the question is who is a shepherd and who is the king, The king and shepherd both are the person’s with different characteristics, the king is a person with ambitions, he always wants more and more in his life and the shepherd is the one who is content with what he has. Both of them are the character of a person, the king found happiness in a shepherd but the question is how the king can be a shepherd or how a person with big dreams or big ambitions can be happy with what he has. He always has a hunger in him to acquire more to achieve more. What we learn from this story, is the story about happiness. That one should aim like a king but work like a shepherd in their life. One should give full of his potential but should never be worried about failure or should have no desire for success, the only aim he should have in his mind is to live in the present to give his best in his present.

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The king realized the true meaning of happiness from a shepherd, he realized that the one who is worried about his future can never live his present, so what we learn from this story is that one should always aim like a king but if he wants to be happy in his life he has to work like a shepherd without any worries in his life than only he will be able to achieve happiness. But the question is that is it easy for a king to be a shepherd, when there are so many problems in one’s life at that point of time one has to relax his mind and find out his true peace, it is not easy for everybody but the one who is able to work like a shepherd in relaxing way with a peace in his mind even when all the things are not going according to his favour is the one who will be able to achieve success in his life. that is the key to happiness one has to love his work and completely dedicate himself to then what he is into, without any expectation for success and without any fear of failure then only one can achieve true happiness. Success is not the key to happiness but happiness is the key to success.

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