A glass of water over a worldly kingdom


Once, a spiritual master paid a visit to a king.  It so happened that, when the master greeted him, the king was holding a glass of water in his hand.

The king said to the master, “Give me a word of advice.”

The master said, “Suppose you could have this glass of water only at the cost of your entire kingdom and you have to choose between dying of thirst or giving your kingdom away, which one would you prefer?”

The king replied, “I would naturally prefer a glass of water and give away my entire kingdom.”

The shaykh said, “Then, I do not understand why anyone should take joy in a kingdom which is worth only a glass of water.”


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