Sunday, August 1, 2010

Kingship or Honour

Most of us often have high hopes and aspirations. Always vying for greater posts, some even talking of becoming the kings (of lesser or greater status) as it would fetch them fame, dignity and money. But there are very few who wish to settle for less provided their dignity is not compromised.

And this leaves much to ponder and wonder. Those wishing to be kings, often have their wishes fulfilled and they become kings of some kind. But ever watched them closely? Most of these kings suffer from depressions, heartaches, heartbreaks and many more ailments. I know a king who had children who could not breathe in the free air and had to be confined to controlled indoor environment. There have been kings who reached the pinnacle of their worldly glory but then had a terrible fall and died worse than beggars. A real king of a neighbouring country when robbed of his kingdom could not find a place for his burial. A Romanian absolute king and his wife were shot dead after a brief trial in a backyard street.

And then there are “kings” of lesser gods who despite being kings of their own self, remain starved and poorly dressed. Yet they have a dignity of their own. People around them respect them for their honesty and being unrighteous. When such people die, tears roll out from a many for they were the true people who forsake kingship for honour.

Yesterday, I listened to a song in which the poet prayed, “Meinu shahi nai chaayedi… mein te izzat da tukkar mangnaa haan (I do not ask for kingship – I only ask for a bread with honour).” How so very true and close to reality. But this kind of longing can only come from the hearts of those who have morals. Unlike those who have amassed countless wealth in banks and abroad and still are in pursuit for more no matter for that how much treachery, dishonesty they have to resort to. How many poor they have to kill or hoodwink. Remember Qaroon, who had so much wealth that at one time seventy camels only carried the keys of his vaults. But then one day his whole wealth was taken away and he became the worst beggar.

Meinu shahi nai chaayedi… mein te izzat da tukkar mangnaa haan


Those who ask for and get 'izzat tha tukkar' in this age and time are blessed people. We are indeed living in difficult times. No?

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