This Too Shall Pass !

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Once a king called upon all of his wise men and asked them, ” Is there
a mantra or suggestion which works in every situation, in every
circumstances, in every place and in every time. In every joy, every
sorrow, every defeat and every victory? One answer for all questions?
Something which can help me when none of you is available to advise
me? Tell me is there any mantra?”

All the wise men were puzzled by the King’s question. They thought and
thought. After a lengthy discussion, an old man suggested something
which appealed to all of them. They went to the king and gave him
something written on paper, with a condition that the king was not to
see it out of curiosity. Only in extreme danger, when the King finds
himself alone and there seems to be no way, only then he can see it.
The King put the papers under his Diamond ring.

Some time later, the neighbors attacked the Kingdom. King and his army
fought bravely but lost the battle. The King had to flee on his horse.
The enemies were following him. getting closer and closer. Suddenly
the King found himself standing at the end of the road - that road was
not going anywhere. Underneath there was a rocky valley thousand feet
deep. If he jumped into it, he would be finished…and he could not
return because it was a small road…the sound of enemy’s horses was
approaching fast. The King became restless. There seemed to be no way.

Then suddenly he saw the Diamond in his ring shining in the sun, and
he remembered the message hidden in the ring. He opened the diamond
and read the message. The message was - ” THIS TOO SHALL PASS”

The King read it . Again read it. Suddenly something struck him- Yes !
This too will pass. Only a few days ago, I was enjoying my kingdom. I
was the mightiest of all the Kings. Yet today, the Kingdom and all his
pleasure have gone. I am here trying to escape from enemies.
Like those days of luxuries have gone, this day of danger too will
pass. A calm came on his face. He kept standing there. The place where
he was standing was full of natural beauty. He had never known that
such a beautiful place was also a part of his Kingdom.

The revelation of the message had a great effect on him. He relaxed
and forgot about those following him. After a few minutes he realized
that the noise of the horses and the enemy coming was receding. They
moved into some other part of the mountains and were near him.

The King was very brave. He reorganized his army and fought again. He
defeated the enemy and regained his empire. When he returned to his
empire after victory, he was received with much fanfare. The whole
capital was rejoicing in the victory. Everyone was in festive mood.
Flowers were being showered on King from every house, from every
corner. People were dancing and singing. For a moment King said to
himself,” I am one of the bravest and greatest King. It is not easy to
defeat me. With all the reception and celebration he saw an ego
emerging in him.

Suddenly the Diamond of his ring flashed in the sunlight and reminded
him of the message. He open it and read it again: “THIS TOO SHALL
PASS”.

He became silent. His face went through a total change -from the
egoist he moved to a state of utter humbleness. If this too is going
to pass, it is not yours. The defeat was not yours, the victory is not
yours. You are just a watcher. Everything passes by. We are witnesses
of all this. We are the perceivers. Life comes and goes. Happiness
comes and goes. Sorrow comes and goes.

Now as you have read this story, just sit silently and evaluate your
own life. This too will pass. Think of the moments of joy and victory
in your life. Think of the moment of Sorrow and defeat. Are they
permanent? They all come and pass away.
Life just passes away. There is nothing permanent in this world. Every
thing changes except the law of change. Think over it from your own
perspective. You have seen all the changes. You have survived all
setbacks, all defeats and all sorrows. All have passed away. The
problems in the present, they too will pass away. Because nothing
remains forever. Joy and sorrow are the two faces of the same coin.
They both will pass away.

You are just a witness of change. Experience it, understand it, and
enjoy the present moment -
this too shall pass!

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