Bother not of praises or harsh words and proceed your march of life
(Based on the face book posting of Shankaran Balasubramanian .My thanks to him)
A valorous prince was defeated in war by a victorious king,
And the victor told ‘ I would give you one pot filled ,
With water up to the brim and you have to carry it,
For a mile without spilling even a drop of water from it.”
“Two of my soldiers would follow you with unsheathed sword,
And if by chance you spill a drop of water , they would cut off your head,
And if you are alive after carrying it for a mile ,
I would return back your kingdom to you and make you its king.”
The valorous prince agreed and started his journey with the pot,
On both sides of the road by which he had to march,
Stood thousands of people , some cheering him ,
And some others teasing and making fun of him.
The valorous prince succeeded in his mission and the king,
Who gave him the task , appreciated and applauded him,
And told him, “now you can punish all those who teased you,
And praise all those who had faith in you and encouraged you.
The prince , smiled and told , “I never heard any tease ,
Nor did I hear appreciations and also I did not see ,
Anything except the pot that I was carrying ,
And so I do not find any need to punish or praise.”
The king then told the prince “The pot that you were,
Carrying was your body and the water in it your soul,
AS long as you live you have to take care of the soul ,
And later give it back to the creator who gave it to you.
While your body carries the soul in your journey of life,
Do not bother about all praises that you get on the way,
AS well as the harsh words and teasings that are thrown upon you ,
And march ahead with a single aim of winning the task of your life.