Akbar and Birbal – The warmth of a distant lamp
We will all be more familiar about Akbar birbal stories. One Akbar and birbal were walking in the pavement of a garden near his palace. Akbar and birbal were discussing about various things like the country and people in the country and what people feel about the king. Birbal kindly said that some people think that your decisions and judgements are stupidity. Akbar got a bit angry and replied “How did they get all the guts to say this very statement? “.
Birbal replied “Your majesty. Sometimes I even feel the same thing.”
Akbar with a surprising look said “How can I be a king if I’m stupid. I will not believe this fact.”
Birbal politely said “When time comes I will make you realize your stupidity.”
Both the people encountered a pond near his palace in that garden. Akbar was observing the pond and the water inside the pond. Akbar said “Sometimes the frogs are better than human beings.” Birbal politely asked “Your majesty, how do you say that.” Akbar said “Frogs can sometimes do what human beings cannot do. Frogs can stay inside this freezing pond water for one full night but humans cannot stay inside this freezing pond water for one full night”.
Birbal said “Sir it is possible. Humans can also stay inside this freezing water for one full night if you give him enough gold coins as gift.”
Akbar said ” Even though I give 1000 gold coins as prize amount, I don’t think there will be any person in this country to do this.”
Birbal said “If that is the case please announce the prize amount, I will bring a person to do this and get the prize from you.”
Akbar announced the prize money to the public. There was a poor man in the city who had a serious necessity for money. On seeing the prize money he dint find any difficulty in standing in the water the whole night. Birbal exactly brought that person to this. As agreed the poor man stood the whole night on an amavasya day where there will be total darkness. It was very difficult to stand there whole night but he somehow managed to stand there till. Early morning Akbar visited the pond along with Birbal and the others who were eager to see this man who is winning the prize money.
Out of curiosity Akbar asked the poor man how he could stand the whole night in this low temperature. How could he survive such thing. The poor man replied “Your highness, I had complete confidence in my mind that I can survive in this water. At one point I decided that I should either be dead or walk home with the prize money next morning. However I was gazing at the distant light that was burning the whole night in your palace. That helped me survive this task.”
Akbar on hearing this came to a conclusion that this man has survived only with the help of that distant fire lamp that was burning in his palace. Without that he would have not been able to survive. So this cannot be considered as a victory. He said that this man will not be eligible for prize money and let him go.
Birbal who couldn’t speak anything during this event decided to teach a lesson to Akbar. One day Birbal didn’t turn up to Akbar’s palace. Akbar was confused on what’s wrong with this guy. He sent a soldier to find out why he didn’t come to work today. The soldier who went to Birbal’s house came back and told Akbar that, he is trying to cook food. He said he will be back once he is done with cooking. Akbar was waiting for some time but Birbal didn’t turn up. He sent a soldier again to find out. The soldier again returned back to Akbar and said the same thing that he is cooking food and he will return once he is done with the cooking.
Akbar was fed up and he decided to go to Birbal’s house and find out what’s wrong. When Akbar entered Birbal’s house he found that Birbal was trying to cook food in a pot that was above few meters above the fire. Akbar asked “Birbal what are you trying to do? You will never cook the food if you keep the pot like this. Have you gone mad?”
Birbal politely replied “Oh king when a person can get the warmth of fire that is few kilometers away from the pond, why can’t I cook this food in this position?”
Akbar understood his ignorance. He called the pure man back to the palace and rewarded him the prize money that he announced earlier.