Feb 15, 2017
There was a king who was very pious and
spiritual. He had three questions about God in his mind and he could not find
anyone who could answer the questions to his satisfaction. One day, he
announced that whoever answers those three questions to his satisfaction, s/he
will be rewarded with half of his kingdom, but if they fail to answer they will
be hanged to death.
Many people tried to answer his questions
but not being able to satisfy the king, they lost their lives.
As the king was getting restless for not
getting satisfactory answers, he ordered his minister, who was most intelligent
man in his kingdom; to help him find the right answer otherwise he also will
have to face the same fate as the others.
The minister went home worried, as he
himself did not know how to satisfy the king since the questions were based on
faith. Looking at the worried face of his father, the minister’s son asked him
the reason for his worries and minister described to him all that which
happened in the king’s court.
Upon enquiry by the child about the three
questions of the king, the minister mentioned to him those questions: (1) Does
God exist? (2) How to see him? (3) What does he do?
The minister’s son assured his father that
he would satisfy the king tomorrow in the king’s court and he need not worry
Next day when the child arrived in the
king’s court, he first asked the king to get him a bowl of milk. The king
laughed and ordered for the milk. When the bowl of milk was given to the child
he started rotating his finger in the bowl.
Amused at the child’s behaviour, the king
asked him what he was doing. The child said that he is trying to find butter in
the milk. The king laughed and said, “You are still a child. You do not know
how to find butter in the milk.”
The child said, “Why do you say so oh dear
King! Doesn’t butter exist in milk?”
“No doubt butter exists in the milk,”
replied the king. “But to separate the butter from the milk, the milk has to be
first set into curd and then churned. After churning only the butter separates
from the curd.”
The child said to the king, “I have
answered your first two questions, oh dear king! God resides in the whole
universe but to separate it from the universe you need to first still your mind
and churn the still mind with contemplation on God and only then you can
separate the God from the universe and see him.”
Fully satisfied with the answer, the king
offered his reverence at the feet of the child and sought the answer for his
third question as to what does God do.
The child asked the king that after having
offered his reverence at his feet, whether he was asking this question as a
king or as a pupil. The king felt ashamed and said that he was asking the
question as a pupil. Then the child said that if you are asking this question
as a pupil then how can you be seated on the throne, higher than me and make me
stand on the floor?
The king immediately came down and
requested the child to be seated on the throne and he himself stood on the
floor with folded hands.
The child said, “Oh King! This is what God
does. He brings down the higher ones to the lower levels and uplifts the lower
ones to higher levels.”
The king, fully satisfied with the answers,
bowed down at the feet of his new guru who enlightened him with the secrets of
God. He realised that God exists everywhere in the universe but to see him we
need to still our mind, shift focus from the worldly matters to godly subjects
and contemplate over him repeatedly.