once upon a time...
t h ere was a rich King who had 4 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
He also loved his 2nd wife. She was his
confidante and was always kind, considerate and patient with him.
Whenever the King faced a problem, he could confide in her to 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 and although
she loved him deeply, he hardly took notice of
One day, the King fell ill and he knew his time was
He thought of his luxurious life and
pondered, "I now have 4 wives with me, but when I die, I'll be all
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
"No way!" replied the 4th wife and she
walked away without another word.
Her answer cut like a sharp knife right
into his heart.
The sad King then asked the 3rd wife, "I have loved you
all my life. Now that I'm dying, will you follow me and keep me
"No!" replied the 3rd wife. "Life is
His heart 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
"I'm sorry, I can't help you out this
time!" replied the 2nd wife. "At the very most, I can only send you
to your grave."
Her answer came like a bolt of thunder and
the King was devastated.
Then a voice called
"I'll leave with you and follow you no matter where you
go." The King looked up and there was his first wife. She was so
Greatly grieved, the King said, "I should have taken
much better care of you when I had the
In Truth, we all have 4 wives in our lives
Our 4th wife is our body. No matter how much time and
effort we lavish in making it look good, it'll leave us when we
Our 3rd wife is our
possessions, status and wealth.
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 Buddha
often neglected in pursuit of wealth, power
and pleasures of the ego.
So cultivate, strengthen and
enlighten it now!
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