Sufi Story: The Impermanent Ring

kings ringThere once was a king who was going to put to death many people, but before doing so he offered a challenge. If any of them could come up with something which would make him happy when he was sad, and sad when he was happy, he would spare their lives. All night the wise men meditated on the matter. In the morning they brought the king a ring. The king said that he did not see how the ring would serve to make him happy when he was sad and sad when he was happy. The wise men pointed to the inscription. When the king read it, he was so delighted that he spared them all.

And the inscription? “This too shall pass.

3 thoughts on “Sufi Story: The Impermanent Ring

  1. Great story!

    I’m also reading Dietrich Bonhoeffer at the moment, with its reminder that some things won’t pass unless we join in the effort — sometimes even risking our lives in the process.

    Actually, the wise men in your story did just that, in having the ring inscribed and presented.

    As we say, the plot thickens!

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