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This Too Shall Pass - A Tale By Chopra Center


"Today I remember to love everything and everyone I come into contact with".


Once upon a time, there was a king who said to the wise men in his court,

'I bought a ring with one of the most beautiful diamonds in the world and I want to hide a message under the diamond. The message should serve me in times of desperation and is to serve my successors as well'.


All those who listened were very clever, they all could write passages but not a short sentence that was no longer than a few words that could assist someone in times of despair.


The king was brought up by an old servant. The king's mother died at an early age and the servant took care of him and therefore was treated as one of the family. The king had tremendous respect for the servant and so he consulted with him too.

The old man said, 'I'm not wise nor scholarly or educated but I do know of a message. During my life, in the palace, I've served all sorts of people, and once I met a wizard who was invited by your father. To thank me, he gave me this message". The old servant wrote something on a piece of paper and handed it to the king. " But don't read it", he said, " keep it hidden in the ring and open it only when you have no other choice".


Soon after, the kingdom was invaded and the king started to lose the battle. He fled on his horse followed by his enemies. He was alone and his enemies were many. With no other choice, a cliff ahead of him, and no way of return. He remembered the ring, opened it took out the piece of paper, and read the short message: " This too shall be over".

As soon as he read the message, he felt a great silence enveloping him. His enemies got lost in the woods and their horses were nowhere to be heard. The king was thankful for his old servant and the wizard. These words were incredible. He put the piece of paper back under the diamond in the ring.


The day he got back to the kingdom, all feeling victorious, he was greeted with a big feast and he felt great!

The old servant stood next to him and said: "This moment too, is right for another look at the hidden message".

The king replied, " Now that I'm in victory, people are celebrating, I'm not desperate or in a no option situation, why would I look at the message?"

The servant said:" listen to me, this message is relevant both in times of despair and in good times as well".

The king opened the message again.

"This too shall pass"

Once again the king felt the great internal silence he had felt before. Though he was celebrating, his pride and ego disappeared. The king understood the message, he was enlightened.

The old servant said:

"Do you remember everything that happened to you? Nothing and no emotions are permanent.

As night changes to day, so moments of joy and despair replace each other. Accept them as the nature of things, as part of life'.


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