upon a time there was a Prince who had four wives.
loved the 4th wife the most and adorned her with expensive
clothes, and treated her most delicately. He took great care
of her and gave her nothing but the best.
also loved the 3rd wife very much. She was very beautiful
and he always enjoyed showing her off to his friends, but
was always afraid that she may run away with some other men.
loved his 2nd wife too. She was very considerate and patient.
Whenever he faced any problems, she would always help him
1st wife was very loyal and contributed a great deal towards
his success and also took care of the household. However he
never paid much attention to her although she loved him deeply.
day he fell sick and was finally on his death-bed. He thought
that although he had 4 wives but when he dies, he will be
all alone. So he asked his 4th wife, ' I loved you the most,
gave you the finest clothes and took great care of you. Now
I am dying, will you follow me and keep me company.' The 4th
wife replied 'No way" and walked off without any further
came the 3rd wife and he asked her ' I loved you so much all
my life. Now that I am dying, will you follow me and keep
me company.' She also replied 'No way', and further remarked
that life was so good that she would re-marry after he dies.
then asked the 2nd wife, ' You always helped me with my problems,
I need your help again for one last time. I am dying, will
you follow me and keep me company.' The 2nd
wife replied that I am sorry but this time I cannot help you,
at the most I can go up to your grave.
he suddenly heard the voice of his 4th wife saying that I
will go with you and keep you company. As he looked up he
realized that she was so skinny as if due to malnutrition.
He told her with great sorrow in his heart that I should have
taken better care of you while I could have.
fact is that we all have 4 wives in our lives.
4th wife is our body: No matter how much time and effort we
devote in making it looking good, it will leave us when we
3rd wife is our possessions, status and wealth: When we die
they all go to others.
2nd wife is our family and friends: No matter how close they
had been to us when we were alive, the furthest they can go
is up to the grave.
1st wife which we cannot see is our soul itself: We often
neglect it in our pursuit of material wealth and sensual pleasures,
but it is the only thing which follows us wherever we go.
So it won't be a bad idea at all to cultivate and strengthen
it now, taking better care of it while we can with good noble
deeds, than to wait until we are on our death-bed!!!