This Too Shall Pass……..

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There was a King and one day he called a gathering in his courtroom and said to his court sages: “I have a ring with one of the finest diamonds in the world and I want to hide a message under the stone which can be useful in times of despair.  I will give this ring to my heirs and I want it to serve them faithfully.  Come up with a message to be inscribed under the diamond.  It must be short to fit on the ring.”

The sages knew how to write treatise upon treatise but could not express themselves in one short sentence.  The king then complained about the failure of his venture to a faithful old servant who raised him from infancy and was part of the family.  And the old man said to him: “I am not a sage; I am not educated too but I know of such a message.  Once, I served a visiting mystic whom your father invited and he passed me his message.  Just do not read it, put it under the stone inside the ring and read it only when there is no way out at all.”

The king listened to the old servant.  After some time, the enemies attacked the country and the king lost the war.  He fled on his horse and enemies pursued him.  He was alone, and they were many.  He drove to the end of the road.  There was a big cliff before him, if he fell there, that would be the end.  He could not go back, as the enemies were approaching.  He already heard the clatter of their horses’ hooves.  He had no way out.  He was in complete despair.

Then he remembered the ring.  He opened it and under the stone found an inscription of four words: “THIS TOO SHALL PASS.” After reading the message he felt that everything went quiet and all of a sudden, he felt at peace.  Apparently, the pursuers got lost and proceeded in the wrong direction.  Horses were no longer heard.  The king was filled with gratitude to the servant and the unknown mystic. He felt that Words were so powerful.  He closed the ring and hit the road. 

Once again, with courage and having faithful men he gathered his army and conquered back his state. On the day when he returned to the palace, they arranged a lavish welcoming for him, a feast for the whole country.   The king too was very happy and proud. He said to himself, “Now I am the winner.  People are celebrating my return; I am not in despair anymore.”  The old servant then came up to him and softly said: “Even this moment will pass.  Look at the message again. It works not only in bad times but also in good.”  The king opened the ring and read: “THIS TOO SHALL PASS.”

Again, he felt silence falling over him.  Although he was in the midst of a noisy dancing crowd.  Feelings of pride and entitlement disappeared. He understood the profound wisdom of the message.  And then the old servant said: “Do you remember everything that happened to you? Nothing is permanent. Feelings do not last. As night changes day, moments of joy and despair replace one another.  Accept them as the nature of things, as part and parcel of life.

Remember to love everything and everyone you come in contact, with compassion and empathy.  Be a humble and a noble Human Being.  Life is a fleeting shadow. We are not taking anything with us. We come empty handed and we go empty handed. Everything comes and goes in the wink of an eye. “THIS TOO SHALL PASS” Enjoy what life has to offer you with love, joy and kindness. Beauty and abundance will once again blossom and flourish.

88 thoughts on “This Too Shall Pass……..

      1. You are always welcome dear Cornelia. It is so nice to be holding on to these divine teachings of the Avatar who has time and again told us what it is to live his words. Love and light to you dear. Stay safe and take care 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

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  1. A lovely story, Kamal. The message is true, everything does pass, the good and the bad. Have a wonderful weekend. I am sorry I didn’t join in the poetry challenge. I have been unwell for the past few weeks and have been struggling a bit with fatigue.

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  2. Dear Kamal, I absolutely loved this story and find the mantra “This too shall pass” so helpful…in fact, I have oftentimes repeated it silently to myself in difficult times. Thank you for sharing this
    profound story and inspiration. Much love and blessings:)

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      1. We are fine Kamal… but around ourselves all is not so good. My neighbour’s whole family is suffering from the virus.. a few relatives also got. Government has opened everything including swimming pools also. College and schools are going to start. How all this is helpful in controlling the virus?

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      2. Yes here too so many people we know are getting COVID. It has becoming very scary all of a sudden. My friend’s husband and she developed the symptom and her husband died but she recovered and is quarantined at home. My own son-in-law has someone working in his office was COVID positive and now today they have come and taken his test too. Hope all goes well. Yes stupid of opening everything like crazy when the epidemic is continuing rapidly everywhere.

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      3. So sad to hear about your friend Kamal. You are right, suddenly it is so scary everywhere. I will pray that your son in law will be all fine🙏. Initially work from home was all fine and now offices are becoming the center of spreading virus. Sometimes I wonder if this pandemic will continue in next year also?

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      4. Yes just got the report that he tested negative but his father has tested positive and they are rushing him to the hospital. Now my daughter too will have to take her test tomorrow and she has a small child too. Really what is happening, Deeksha. Prayers are so required for all of us. Yes who knows this pandemic is taking all of us now no one is getting spared.

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  3. Great Wisdom Kamal.. We have to be grateful and count our blesssings even in dark hours.. The feeling of gratitude to every tiny gift is a way for healing.. And yes.. No thing is permanent. Keep writing dear friend. ☘️💞😍💚☘️

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