Worm in ear of the king
(Based on a folk story posted in face book, by my friend Sri Guru Moorthi . Thanks to him)
Promadha was a very great king,
Fighting umpteen wars to expand his kingdom,
And one day when he was sleeping ,
In the military tent , a worm entered his ear.
All the doctors who accompanied his army,
Tried their best to take out the worm from his ear,
They got the best medicines for that from all places,
But the king felt that the worm was moving within his ears.
Huge awards were announced for taking out the worm from the king’s ear,
And several great doctors came from all parts of the world,
And they all failed and because of the movement of the worm,
Inside his ear , the king was not able to sleep and started becoming weak.
At that time a great sage from Himalayas visited his kingdom ,
And the wife of the king met him and requested him to cure her husband ,
And the sage visited the palace and examined the ear of the king and told him,
“This is a rare worm and only the juice of a rare herb which grows in a far of forest can kill it.”
And he continued, “I would send my chief disciple to get the herb ,
And he would come back within a month with that rare herb.”
The king provided a horse to his disciple and also sent people to assist him,
And the sage;s disciple returned back in three weeks, making the king happy.
Next day early morning even when the king was sleeping deeply due to hope,
That medicine was poured in his ears and with in seconds the dead worm fell out ,
The King became greatly healthy and thanked the sage profusely ,
And after a few days the sage along with his retinue bid farewell to the king
After the left the kingdom , the disciples asked the sage about the worm,
As well as the great medicine used to kill it and then the sage told them,
“The herb is only a type of grass available everywhere and the worm was already dead .
Inside the ears of the king and I acted as if I am getting a great medicine from a far off place .”
“I simply poured the medicine and placed a dead worm by his side and he got cured,
Because I knew no worm can live this long and the king due to strong belief,
Felt it was alive and moving and what I did was to act in a drama ,
Which would convince him that the worm was taken out and is indeed dead.”
When the disciples were surprised the sage continued , “the worm in the ear was dead,
But not the worm that had entered his mind , and in fact most of the sickness that we suffer,
Are not sickness of body but that of the mind., but all of us never understand this ,
And these type of drama would cure most of the diseases of most of us.”