Power of Truth]
a time, the King of Benares went on a picnic in the forest. The
beautiful flowers and trees and fruits made him very happy. As
he was enjoying their beauty, he slowly went deeper and deeper
into the forest. Before long, he became separated from his companions
and realized that he was all alone.
Then he heard
the sweet voice of a young woman. She was singing as she collected
firewood. To keep from being afraid of being alone in the forest,
the king followed the sound of the lovely voice. When he finally
came upon the singer of the songs, he saw that she was a beautiful
fair young woman, and immediately fell in love with her. They
became very friendly, and the king became the father of the firewood
explained how he had gotten lost in the forest, and convinced
her that he was indeed the King of Benares. She gave him directions
for getting back to his palace. The king gave her his valuable
signet ring, and said, "If you give birth to a baby girl,
sell this ring and use the money to bring her up well. If our
child turns out to be a baby boy, bring him to me along with this
ring for recognition." So saying, he departed for Benares.
In the fullness
of time, the firewood woman gave birth to a cute little baby boy.
Being a simple shy woman, she was afraid to take him to the fancy
court in Benares, but she saved the king's signet ring.
In a few years,
the baby grew into a little boy. When he played with the other
children in the village, they teased him and mistreated him, and
even started fights with him. It was because his mother was not
married that the other children picked on him. They yelled at
him, "No-father! No-father! Your name should be No-father!"
this made the little boy feel ashamed and hurt and sad. He often
ran home crying to his mother. One day, he told her how the other
children called him, "No-father! No-father! Your name should
be No-father!" Then his mother said, "Don't be ashamed,
my son. You are not just an ordinary little boy. Your father is
the King of Benares!"
boy was very surprised. He asked his mother, "Do you have
any proof of this?" So she told him about his father giving
her the signet ring, and that if the baby was a boy she should
bring him to Benares, along with the ring as proof. The little
boy said, "Let's go then." Because of what happened,
she agreed, and the next day they set out for Benares.
arrived at the king's palace, the gate keeper told the king the
firewood woman and her little son wanted to see him. They went
into the royal assembly hall, which was filled with the king's
ministers and advisers. The woman reminded the king of their time
together in the forest. Finally she said, "Your majesty,
here is your son."
was ashamed in front of all the ladies and gentlemen of his court.
So, even though he knew the woman spoke the truth, he said, "He
is not my son!" Then the lovely young mother showed the signet
ring as proof.
king was ashamed and denied the truth, saying, "It is not
Then the poor
woman thought to herself, "I have no witness and no evidence
to prove what I say. I have only my faith in the power of truth."
So she said to the king, "If I throw this little boy up into
the air, if he truly is your son, may he remain in the air without
falling. If he is not your son, may he fall to the floor and die!"
she grabbed the boy by his foot and threw him up into the air.
Lo and behold, the boy sat in the cross-legged position, suspended
in midair, without falling. Everyone was astonished, to say the
least! Remaining in the air, the little boy spoke to the mighty
king. "My lord, I am indeed a son born to you. You take care
of many people who are not related to you. You even maintain countless
elephants, horses and other animals. And yet, you do not think
of looking after and raising me, your own son. Please do take
care of me and my mother."
the king's pride was overcome. He was humbled by the truth of
the little boy's powerful words. He held out his arms and said,
"Come to me my son, and I will take good care of you."
such a wonder, all the others in the court put out their arms.
They too asked the floating little boy to come to them. But he
went directly from midair into his father's arms. With his son
seated on his lap, the king announced that he would be the crown
prince, and his mother would be the number one queen.
In this way,
the king and all his court learned the power of truth. Benares
became known as a place of honest justice. In time the king died.
The grown up crown prince wanted to show the people that all deserve
respect, regardless of birth. So he had himself crowned under
the official name, "King No-father!" He went on to rule
the kingdom in a generous and righteous way.
moral is: The truth is always stronger than