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..."The Begger's Rags"...

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..."The Begger's Rags"...

Post by roshini on Wed Mar 25, 2009 10:34 am


A beggar lived near the king's palace. One day he saw a proclamation
posted outside the palace gate. The king was giving a great dinner.
Anyone dressed in royal garments was invited to the party.


The
beggar went on his way. He looked at the rags he was wearing and
sighed. Surely only kings and their families wore royal robes, he
thought. Slowly an idea crept into his mind. The audacity of it made
him tremble. Would he dare?



He made his way back to the palace. He approached the guard at the gate. "Please, sire, I would like to speak to the king."

"Wait here," the guard replied. In a few minutes, he was back. "His majesty will see you," he said, and led the beggar in.

"You wish to see me?" asked the king.

"Yes,
your majesty. I want so much to attend the banquet, but I have no royal
robes to wear. Please, sir, if I may be so bold, may I have one of your
old garments so that I, too, may come to the banquet?"


The
beggar shook so hard that he could not see the faint smile that was on
the king's face. "You have been wise in coming to me," the king said.
He called to his son, the young prince. "Take this man to your room and
array him in some of your clothes."


The prince did as he was
told and soon the beggar was standing before a mirror, clothed in
garments that he had never dared hope for.


"You are now eligible
to attend the king's banquet tomorrow night," said the prince. "But
even more important, you will never need any other clothes. These
garments will last forever."


The beggar dropped to his knees.
"Oh, thank you," he cried. But as he started to leave, he looked back
at his pile of dirty rags on the floor. He hesitated. What if the
prince was wrong? What if he would need his old clothes again. Quickly
he gathered them up.


The banquet was far greater than he had
ever imagined, but he could not enjoy himself as he should. He had made
a small bundle of his old rags and it kept falling off his lap. The
food was passed quickly and the beggar missed some of the greatest
delicacies.


Time proved that the prince was right. The
clothes lasted forever. Still the poor beggar grew fonder and fonder of
his old rags. As time passed people seemed to forget the royal robes he
was wearing. They saw only the little bundle of filthy rags that he
clung to wherever he went. They even spoke of him as the old man with
the rags.One day as he lay dying, the king visited him.


The
beggar saw the sad look on the king's face when he looked at the small
bundle of rags by the bed.Suddenly the beggar remembered the prince's
words and he realized that his bundle of rags had cost him a lifetime
of true royalty. He wept bitterly at his folly. And the king wept with
him.


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Re: ..."The Begger's Rags"...

Post by SourabhBasak on Wed Mar 25, 2009 10:51 am

OHH my gosh... very nice story indeed... woh kehte hai na jo apni jamin ko bhool jate hai aksar wohi dhokha khate hai.. to apne kal ko kabhi nahi bhoolna chahiyey wink wink wink


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Re: ..."The Begger's Rags"...

Post by roshini on Wed Mar 25, 2009 5:53 pm

:thanx: :thanx: :thanx:

@sourabhbasak wrote:OHH my gosh... very nice story indeed... woh kehte hai na jo apni jamin ko bhool jate hai aksar wohi dhokha khate hai.. to apne kal ko kabhi nahi bhoolna chahiyey wink wink wink


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