There was a country a long time ago where the people would change their king for every year. The person who would become the king had to agree to a few conditions that he would be sent to an island after his one year of being a king.
One king finished his term, and it was time for him to go to the island and live there. The people dressed him up in expensive clothes and put him on an elephant and took him around the cities to bid farewell to all the people. This was the moment of sadness for all the kings who ruled that country for a year.
After bidding farewell, the people took the king with a boat to a remote island and left him there. On their way to their country, they came across a sinking ship. They saw a young man who survived by holding on to a floating piece of wood. As they were in need of a new king, they picked up the young man and took him to their country.
The countrymen requested the young man to become their king for a year. First, he denied, but later on, he agreed to be their king. People told him about all the rules and regulations and that how he will be sent to an island after one year.
After three days of being a king, the Young man asked his ministers if they could show him the island where all the other kings were sent after their one year of service. They agreed and took him to the island which was covered with thick Jungles, and sounds of vicious animals were heard from the bushes. The king went a little bit inside to check. Soon he discovered the dead bodies of all the past kings. He understood that as soon as they were left on the island, the animals came and killed them.
The king went back to his kingdom and recruited 100 strong workers and took them to the island and instructed them to clean the Jungle and remove all the animals & cut down all excess trees.
He would visit the island every month to see how the work was going on. In the first month, all the animals were removed, and many trees were cut down. In the second month, the whole island was cleaned out. The king then told the workers to plant gardens in various parts of the island.
He also took with himself useful animals like chickens, ducks, birds, goats, cows etc. In the third month, he ordered the workers to build big houses and docking stations for ships. Over the months, the island turned into a beautiful garden.
The young king would wear simple clothes and spend very little from his earnings as a king. He sent all the earnings to the island for storage. When ten months passed like this, the clever king called for the ministers and said, “I know that I have to go the island after completing one year. But I would like to go there right now.” The ministers didn’t agree to this and said that he has to wait till he completes his tenure of one full year. Two months passed, and now that it was a full year, the people dressed up the young king and put him on an elephant to take him around the country to bid farewell to others. However, this king is unusually happy to leave the kingdom.
Looking at his happiness, people asked him, “All the other kings would cry at this moment, and you are laughing. Why is that?”
The Clever King replied, “Don’t you know what the wise people say? They say that when you came to this world as a baby, you were crying and everyone was smiling. Live such a life that when you die, you will be smiling and everyone around you will be crying. I had lived that life. While all the other kings were lost into the luxuries of the kingdom, I always thought about the future and planned for it. I turned the deadly island into a beautiful abode for me where I can stay peacefully.”
The moral lesson from this story is about how we should live our life. The life of this world is to prepare for the life hereafter. In this life, we shouldn’t get lost into the deceiving and beautiful things of this world and forget about what is to come in the afterlife. Instead, even if we are kings, we should live a simple life and save all our enjoyments for the hereafter. May HE make it easy for us all?
It is he who sends down the rain and he who knows what is in the wombs. Nor does anyone know what it is that he will earn on the morrow… Nor does anyone know in what land he is to die. You ruined your next world and developed this one. Naturally, you do not like to be transferred from flourishing to decline.