Here is a beautiful story from the sermon of
Buddha. It delves with the true essence of LIFE.
There was a rich 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 neighbouring kingdoms. However, he
feared that one day she would leave him for another. He also loved his 2nd
wife. She was his confidant, 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.”
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 sharp knife right into
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 company?” “No!”, replied the 3rd wife. “Life is too good! When you die,
I’m going to remarry!” 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 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
send you to your grave.” Her answer came like a bolt of lightning, and
the King was devastated.
Then a voice called out: “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 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
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 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.
Furnish and feed your soul with enlightened